How Much Backpack Weight Is Too Much and A $70 Lightweight Backpack Review

Your backpack weight can make the difference between a great backpacking trip and a miserable hike down the trail. Here’s my take on how much your backpack (or bug out bag) should weigh along with a quick look at a low budget, lightweight backpack to check out.

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shcmoly says:

I am your weight Bryan, my first backpacking trip my pack weighed 75lbs! Did not get hurt but too tired to have any fun. Definitely learned alot.

Mark Ashlock says:

Great idea about packing water and pouring out to find your ideal pack weight. Would have never thought of that. Thanks!

Archery and Outdoors says:

Have you ever taken a look at external frame backpacks? I have one made by ALPS Outdoorz. It is about 85L (I know it is too big) and is made for hunting, which i don’t really do, but makes carrying weight much easier and holds you upright as opposed to slouched with the type of backpack you demonstrated. Also helps prevent sweat on your back and allows you to attach more gear more conveniently to the aluminum frame. Haven’t used it yet, but definitely think I will like it. What are your thoughts on external frames?

Mrs. Lewis says:

THAT IS ALL YOU BRING!?! My purse weighs almost twice as much. My husband always says it’s too heavy. I guess I really need to cut my bag down. So hard.

bob bieschke says:

…….Chinese !

b5maddog says:

Great advice Bryan! I have not been backpacking since I was a kid, but recently I have been walking home from work with a basic backpack with a minimum of stuff in it and was surprised how heavy it became later in my walk. Also how hot it became on my back because it didn’t have the breathable fabric on the pack and on myself. I even switched out my bible study to my regular bible to cut back weight. I’m 52 now and realize how important it is to have a good quality pack, cut the weight out of my pack, wear the proper clothing and shoes, but also to get in better shape to make it those longer distance journeys. Thanks for the video and God bless.

Terry W. Milburn says:

By Golly, Bryan; That’s a smok’n deal on what looks like Quality.  ATB Terry  God Bless

rainbowhiker says:

My weekend backpacks are day packs, 18 to 35 liters, and all weigh under two pounds. With food and water I seldom get over 13#’s for a weekend, 2 1/2 days. What I’ve noticed is most people carry too bulky and heavy of a sleeping bag and too bulky and thus, heavy, of a tent. I learned long ago to go compact and light. Several years ago I figured out what my three season gear cost me and was $160-$170 dollars, for everything. You do not need to spend a lot. You do have to shop and choose wisely. 9 to 13 lbs on your back isn’t hardly noticable and makes for a great experience. I’ve made lots of videos on my channel through the years on how to go light and compact, be safe, and enjoy an outing. It’s great out there. Thanks for your video.

Butch Hill says:

I will check them out. My wife needs one. Me I still have my Kelty, it works great. On weight , well I have to be careful there. Had a knee replacement three years ago. Most that I’ve had in a pack since then. Is about 30 lbs , did 8 miles with it. Day pack only carry 10 to 12 lbs. But will check them out.

Jorge Arroyo says:

Great ideas. Thanks.

Vagabond Querier says:

… ok … yet how long before I need to get another before my 70 dollar pack fails? 3rd trip or 6 months?

05generic says:

That’s a nice pack and a good price, but man, I wish they would figure out that there are other colors besides black and red.

David Wo says:

I don’t like the red straps. Cutting back on gear that makes the trip fun is counter to going out on the trails. I did a 30 miles section hike on the AT at Hot Springs NC my pack was 58 lbs had enough gear to make the 3 days plesent. That section is about as up and down as it gets. I trained for a month before going. That’s the key.

Craig Arnold says:

Being the highest point of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia the altitude probably didn’t do you any favors. The thinner air makes it much harder to take in enough oxygen to function especially for older people who’s circulatory systems are not as efficient as they once were. Which is probably a large part of why the younger people around you seemed less effected by it.

LetsTalkSurvival says:

There are a number of things that can cause the cramping… Dehydration, not enough magnesium and sodium in your diet, etc. Have a ramen the night before…. I always carry compression sleeves when I hike to help.

Janah says:

Ugh… i have a 55 L bug out bag and its 15 kilos , and i think its a struggle to just have on my back at home in the house, yet alone walk miles with it…. dunno what to do 🙁 it would easy go up 3-4 more kilos when i add extra clothing to it and fill up the 2 water bladders i have.

F C says:

My pack for a 3 day trip was 35lb. Can’t afford anything lighter yet but I can hike 10 miles just fine with that weight so far. Will work on replacing my tent and sleeping bag since that’s the heaviest items I am carrying

WarGrrl3 says:

Thank you, sometimes we need to be reminded we don’t need to pack ‘the kitchen sink’, lol. I often repack before I go out cuz I realize I really don’t need so much. We just need gear for camp chores, safety, comfort, fun and emergencies. I always need to be reminded to go lighter, i think many peo forget that as well, so great vid. Have a Blessed day.

George Wamser says:

Atoo many edits.

bob bieschke says:

Wargrr13…..I grew up with NONE of these things , when I was a boy , because of the Marshall Plan everything electronic , like transistor radios were made in Japan , 90% or better was made in the US ! !!!!! Thank the politicians and the National Debt ! Globalist also !

Jack G. says:

Great video and review. I appreciate you covering a subject that most channels only mention rather than offering ideas and solutions as you have done here. I think that far too many folks don’t consider pack weight much less practice with their packs to see what they can comfortably carry. I found out the hard way that you have to practice. You may also have to make difficult choices on what to carry but you have to get the weight down as much as possible. Thanks for sharing.

Ben Schildgen says:

I would probably start at 20% of my body weight and work my way down

Cliff McKelvy says:

Depends on what you want to carry.

TheSCWildcat33 says:

You can wear the RIBZ with any backpack…

zeke1eod says:

Thanks for the gear review, it was very informative, as always God bless

Justa Noobie says:

Question regarding a backpacking issue. I have several packs with the waist / hip belt and cross chest straps like the pack you are reviewing.
The issue I have Is when I am belt carrying a handgun while carrying a pack, it gets in the way.
Knowing you carry as well, how do you get around that or have you even experienced the issue?

gus1911 says:

Great information! Thank you, kind sir!

Paul'ie 4X says:

Say Heah, Infact on my heavier combo like my Ranger Afghan and my Ranger RD-9 I Molle attach my knives on my Condor 2 Back pack so I have no problem carrying beefy and my robust knives. My BK-14 I carry as my neck knife, so I can carry my Canteen and my WoW Folding Saw plus my Necessities Pouch on person. I can also carry my 2Hawks Double Bit Hatchet on person too. This way I have all my tools and then some I can carry them all very comfortably.,,. p

Bushcraft Beats says:

Really do not appreciate the 60p. It looks so much worse than 24p, and stresses our connection. With a family using the same connection, 60p starts to stutter. Please consider people who can’t afford $100 a month for internet.

TheSCWildcat33 says:

Try also using a RIBZ front pack. He has some special frontpacks for scouts that can fit a smaller frame. The front packs take the load off your back and keep frequently accessed items within reach. Also you can store denser items on your front and closer to your body.

40belowful says:

nothings to heavy for me and bwana or my pack mules:)

My World In Disorder says:

It’s all about conditioning. You can condition yourself to carry 40% of your weight, but sure, if you’ve never hiked and put 50 pounds on your back and go into the woods, it may be the last time you do! Have a good one!

Sean Keaney says:

What are thoughts on this pack compared to the Outdoor Vitals pack you reviewed a few months ago?

Jani Sukanen says:

Quite impressive backpack for the price 🙂 Has good amount of features too. The 69.95 really isn´t much for a 65l backpack. Usually even way smaller packs are more expensive. Great take on the weight topic. I usually tend to pack so “well” that I can fit quite of an amount of stuff even in a small backpack. So during the years I have switched into smaller packs. ( and become picky with the shoulder straps ) The illusion of lighter weight 😉 The biggest ones I use nowadays are in the 50l range. Although I still have couple 85-120l ones I used for longer Lapland hikes. Have a great weekend Bryan 🙂 As always big thumbs up!

treesablowin says:

Nice lookin pack

d fernandez says:

Ive gotten a real german flecktarn ruck recently and man the shoulder straps are short lol other than that i think its pretty good

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