Whether you’re planning a multi-day trip, or just wanting go out for a day hike, the backpack you take out with you is your most important asset. There’s a variety of different cool hiking backpacks available these days, all with numerous features and different uses. For a day trip, the most important thing to think about is hydration, and the Geigerrig Rig 1210 is one of the best out there. With 1,200 cubic inches of space, there’s plenty of room for everything you need, and the in-built filtration system means you can fill up while you’re out and not have to worry about whether the water from the stream is okay or not. The bladder itself is reversible and dishwasher safe, so you can clean it with ease the moment you get home and be ready to go again the next day. At the opposite end, for those looking to lose themselves in the wilderness, or wanting to carry specialised gear for mountaineering, pack rafting or base jumping, you’re going to need something much, much bigger. The Arc’teryx Nozone 75 comes prepared for everything you’ll encounter and this line of cool hiking backpacks have gone as high as the Himalayas. With connections for your specialised gear, and loops for dragging the pack up cliff sides, and a built-in frame to protect your back no matter how much weight you’re carrying, there’s nowhere this backpack can’t go. There’s a backpack designed for every kind of hike for every kind of person, and it always pays to figure out what you need before you decide what you want to buy, and be careful not to fall into the trap of filling every gap. When hiking, less is more, even in your backpack!