Best Hiking Backpacks for women

by whitemoss

Ladies! You need a backpack designed for women. Buying a woman's backpack can dramatically improve your hiking experience.

There are so many hiking backpacks in the stores that picking a backpack can be confusing.Many people don't think carefully about their choice of backpack, picking on price, color, on a whim, or in a rush.
The right backpack is essential for comfortable hiking, and for women, the right backpack is a backpack specifically designed for the female frame.
Take advantage of my first hand experiences to buy the very best hiking backpack .

Ladies- if you go hiking you need a backpack designed for women

Don't grab any old bag. A woman's backpack is what you need.

Love to hike but hate your backpack? Run a check- are you wearing a backpack designed for women, or just a unisex backpack?

I live in a hiking area, England's Lake District. I get out hiking as often as possible, and even on a fairly short walk I take my backpack.The pack I take is a lightweight bag known as a daypack. It's called a daypack as it carries everything you need for a whole day. You can actually carry enough in a daypack for a few days hiking staying in hostels, but they are too small for long camping  ortrekking expeditions.

The weather in the Lake District is very changeable, so you nearly always need to carry extra jumpers, waterproofs, hats and gloves.I also need my camera, my lip slave, some moisture cream, a bottle of water,sandwiches, some chewing gum, sun fact, I need to take a bag if I'm walking for more than a few hours.

I could put all these things is my husband's backpack- he usually hikes with me. You know what happens though? If I ask him to stop and put my jacket in his sack, he sighs a bit. Then when I ask him to stop and let me have some water, he sighs a bit more. Then when I ask him to stop and let me get my camera from his bag.... well, you can imagine!

I used to ask my husband to carry my hiking stuff because my backpack was so uncomfortable. I'd had my backpack for years, and, to be honest, it didn't fit me. The straps were too wide set and kept slipping off my shoulders. The frame was uncomfortable and rubbed on my back.

One great day I decided to visit one of the many hiking stores in Ambleside, 2 miles down the road from my home, and I tried on a selection of women's backpacks. I was amazed. The women's rucksacks were so light and comfortable, and fitted my frame beautifully.You know that men and women are different shapes, so it's logical that women need backpacks designed for women.

Here I'll tell you what to look for when picking a lightweight daysack, and show you my top choices.


What are the features to look for in a backpack for women?

A great backpack must be light and comfortable storage pockets.

Here are the points I look for in a great backpack or daysack.

  1. The backpack must be light.
  2. The straps must be padded and must not slip off my shoulders.
  3. I want lots of pockets on the outside of the bag for easy access to hat, water, camera..
  4. I like a firm waist belt option.This takes the weight off the shoulders
  5. I like to have the option of a sternum strap to hold the shoulder straps firmly
  6. I like to have a ventilated back panel with wicking fabric - sweaty backs are bad news.

All these features are available in the Kelty woman's daypack that I've picked out here.Kelty have been making hiking equipment since 1952, and 60 years of experience have gone into this excellent women's daysack. The price is good too.

Here the women's daypack that I've picked as the best .

A great lightweight backpack for women with lots of great features.
Kelty Women's Shrike Backpack, Black

Only $74.95

Technical details for the Kelty Women's Redtail 26 Daypack

Size matters. Here are the details
  • The Kelty women's Redtail 26 daypack measures 14 x 19.5 x12.5 (w x h x d in inches)
  • This daysack has lots of pockets on the outside.
  • The Kelty 26 had a ventilating back panel ( your back can get very sticky without one)
  • The backpanel has a wicking fabric which absorbs perspiration leave you dry
  • The shoulder straps are well padded. You have the option to use a sternum clip too.
  • This daysack had a cubic capacity of 1,600 cubic inches
  • This woman's backpack has a removable webbed waist belt.

All these features make this backpack an excellent backpack for women. Use it in the countryside for hiking, or in the town for carrying your laptop and books.

  • It comes in one color- black. Smart!

There are other makers of backpacks for women

Here are some other excellent brands of backpacks for you to consider.
TETON Sports Scout3400 Internal Frame...
Only $143.89
Gregory Women's Jade 50 BackpackThe North Face Jester Backpack - Wome...

Do you own a backpack? If so, why did you pick that particular backpack?

What's your backpack like?

Are you a really serious hiker? Here are tips from an expert for a 3 day hike.

Packing for a 3 day hike is a skill. Find some great tips here from an expert.

Readers in the UK, here's my choice of rucksack for women

I love Berghaus , made in Britain, for all hiking equipment

Berghaus backpack I really don't need a new back pack, but if I did, I would be tempted to buy this one. Made in the UK by Berghaus, one of my favorite brands, this back pack comes in purple. Availanle on via the link below.

This is the new 2015 pack, just out. Already a user has given a 5 * review.

Readers in the UK, you can buy This " Berghaus Women's Verden 60 Plus 10 Rucsac - Evening Blue/Parakeet, One Size "Here

What socks are you wearing?

Make sure that you are wearing hiking socks designed for women.

Not all socks are the same. In fact,when you begin to look into the topic of hiking socks you'll find there's a huge choice of fabric, sock height, and thickness, so you can pick the hiking sock for the conditions. I have winter hiking socks to keep my feet warm, and summer walking socks to keep my feet cool.

The number one essential though, is that you must buy walking socks specifically designed for women.

A good pair of hiking socks can be the difference between pain or pleasure for your feet.

I love Thorlo and Smartwool socks.Here's my choice

It really is worth buying top of the range hiking socks for women..
Thorlo Women's Thick Cushion Hiking Sock

Tread comfortably over rocky terrain in the Thorlo® thick-cushion hiking crew sock. The exclusive THOR-LON® construction ensures long-lasting durability, while the additional ...

Thorlo Women's Moderate Cushion Light Hiking Mini Crew Sock with Coolmax

Get just the right amount of protection and warmth you need in the Thorlo® Light Hiking Mini-Crew sock, specifically designed for extended hikes. It's constructed using ...

Smartwool Women's Hiking Medium Crew Sock

Designed specifically for a woman's foot. Arch brace holds the sock in place and adds additional support. Flat-knit toe seam keeps you comfortable throughout the day. Made in ...


Here where I hike every day- Rydal Water in England's Lake District National Park

Looking at these photos you'll see why I love to hike every day.
Rydal Water, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, EuropeWordsworth Lake, Rydal Water, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, United KingdomWordsworth Lake, Rydal Water, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom

Find out more about the Lake District National Park

Wordsworth loved the Lakes, and thousands visit England's Lake District every year.

Wordsworth's Lake District
Find out about the area which inspired William Wordsworth. This is where he wrote his famous poetry, including "Daffodils".

Top 10 Lakes in the Lake District
My choice of the top 10 lakes in the wonderful Lake District National Park. If you love to hike, you'll love hiking the Lake District.

Things to do in Ambleside, England's Lake Dsitrict
Ambleside possibly has more store selling hiking goods per square mile than anywhere in the world! Find out more about this pretty Lakeland village.

Looking for alternative types of backpacks for women? Try ebay.

These may not be the best backpacks for hiking, but there are some great backpacks here.

Here's a great place to go hiking- England's Lake District

My home, and a great place for your next vacation.
England's Lake District, home to William Wordsworth, is a major tourist area. There are hundreds of books and guides to the Lake District.Here are the best for your Kindle.
Over 3 million visitors a year come to England's Lake District to enjoy the wonderful scenery loved by Wordsworth and the Romantic poets. Take a look and see why .

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Updated: 03/12/2015, whitemoss
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/16/2017

whitemoss, Is there a particular material that differentiates summer and winter socks? What do you recommend to look for in shoes?

whitemoss on 05/16/2013

Make sure you get one designed for ladies- it does make a difference

kimbesa on 05/16/2013

I need a new "comfort bag" for my travels around the area. Just the tips that will help me choose the best bag. Thanks!

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