For a couple hours on the trail, you typically only need water, an extra piece or two of clothing for unexpected weather, some nutrition and hiking poles.
Thule Stir (18L, 20L)
Thule AllTrail (15L)
When heading out for a night, there is no need to bring everything. Pack light and it will make the hike to and from your camp more enjoyable. These packs can also be used for extended day hikes.
Thule Stir (25L, 35L)
Thule AllTrail (25L, 35L)
Longer trips will require a larger pack to hold more food, cooking fuel and extra clothing in addition to your camping gear.
Thule AllTrail (45L)
Thule Versant (50L)
In addition to working for longer treks, these bigger packs are also good for parents heading out with younger children or shorter winter trips that require even more gear to keep you warm.
Thule Versant (60L, 70L)
Thule Guidepost (65L, 75L)
1. Hydration backpacks – These have a standard backpack design but come in a wide variety of sizes. They are popular for cycling, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. Backpacks are best for users who need to carry additional items such as extra layers, rain gear, nutrition or tools.
2. Hydration hip packs – This style of pack has become popular recently with mountain bikers, but it is a good option for hikers too. Hip packs keep the weight off your back which helps you stay cooler in the warm weather. Additionally, and for cyclists specifically, this style of pack distributes the weight to your lower body and around your hips, helping you maintain balance.
It’s important to remember that carrying water on your back may feel a little heavy at first. 1 liter of water adds approximately 2 lbs to your pack, so carefully consider how much you need.
1. 0.5 liters (16 fluid ounces) is a good amount for lower intensity activities like walking or hiking.
2. 1 – 1.5 liters (32 – 50 fluid ounces) works well for riders, runners or hikers who want to keep overall weight down so they can still move quickly.
3. 2 – 2.5 liters (70 – 85 fluid ounces) is the obvious choice for those who are planning longer adventures and want a pack large enough to carry other types of gear.