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If you are looking for the best travel backpacks, that probably means you have decided to go travel. First of all, I have to congratulate you with that decision! Traveling has so many benefits to both the body and the mind. I’m sure that your journey will give precious memories and new friends into your life! Now, when you go travel, the two most important purchases are your walking shoes and backpack. There are many lists on the internet about the best shoes and backpack. We have already listed our favorite walking shoes, now we’ll tell you what our favorite backpacks are. However, we’ll not just make a list of 10 backpacks. We have decided what the 3 main characteristics are that people look for when buying a travel backpack and selected our favorite backpack for each of these. The 3 categories for best travel backpack of 2016 are: ‘Most multifunctional travel backpack’, ‘Best travel backpack on a budget’ and ‘best lightweight backpack’. Of course, characteristics like comfort are important for all of these. Let’s go!

 

Best travel backpack on a budget

Kelty Redwing 44 BackpackThe goldilocks pricezone for a good backpack is between 150$ and 250$. Backpacks over 250$ mostly have unnecessary add-ons while backpacks under 150$ might have inferior quality fabric. However, there are some excellent travel backpacks that you can get for around 120$. Our favorite backpack on a budget is Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack. This backpack has a lot of features that mostly only come with higher end backpacks. It has panel loading, side compression straps, DPFE frame sheet, padded shoulder straps and water bottle handler. It is excellently water resistant for me 44 liter is the perfect size.

It is a bit more simple than some other backpacks compartment-wise but to me this isn’t even a downsize. The fabric is high quality and also has meshes so breathability is nothing to worry about. The Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack is a perfect budget choice for any travel ranging from either a short nature walk to a medium long hiking trip. This backpack goes for only 119.95$ on Amazon.

 

Most multifunctional travel backpack

Deuter Transit 50For me this was an easy the choice. The most multifunctional travel backpack is without a doubt the Deuter Transit 50. Deuter is an excellent German brand mainly selling in Europe but thanks to the internet, you can now also get these super well made backpacks in America. The Deuter Transit 50 is a great mix between a hiking backpack and a travel backpack. It has a quality suspension system, well-padded shoulder straps, and nice hip belt — all of which can be stowed away. It also has a shoulder strap so the bag can be carried like a messenger bag. This is the only backpack like this to have a shoulder strap so that’s a big plus.

When you aren’t carrying a lot, you can use the shoulder strap to use it as a messenger bag. The Transit 50 also has top and size carry handles. Another cool feature is that the torso length for this backpack can be adjusted to fit different torsos. This is a huge feature because it means you can ensure a great fit. The Transit 50 is 50L, weighs a little over 4lbs, and it has a detachable 15L daypack. A daypack is incredibly handy, so you can leave the backpack in your hotel or tent and use the smaller daypack for essential stuff during the day.

The Deuter Transit 50 is very decently priced around $180 on Amazon. Which really isn’t much for a backpack this versatile and well built.

Best lightweight travel backpack

Osprey Porter 46 Travel BackpackIf you want to keep the strain on your back on a minimum, for example for medical reasons or just when your back if one of the first places that aches, you should go for a lightweight travel backpack. They are a bit smaller and less multifunctional, but they are made to be as comfortable as possible. My friend James always had minor back problems and he said the best backpack for such situations is the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack.

It’s a carry-on sized backpack with a full-length panel loading design, a dedicated laptop compartment, and hide-away shoulder straps. And those are good shoulder straps, and the waist belt is great, too. They really didn’t skimp on this feature, and it’s also available in two different torso length sizes, so it’s definitely going to be comfortable.

It has hideaway straps and comes in three colors. It receives near perfect reviews on Amazon too (4.8 out of 5 in 142 reviews). Amazon sells these for 130$, a true bargain!

 

Do you use any of these backpacks? You have another proposal? Let us know in the comments!

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The most important piece of equipment for an adventerous journey is a good pair of walking shoes. No matter where you, closeby or far away, into the wild or a citytrip, the most important piece of luggage are the best walking shoes for your individual feet. Daily walking has also been scientifically proven to improve several health functions including libido (yes yes), improve sleep, provide energy throughout the day and enhance your mood But for us travelers, shoes mainly have to provide comfort need that bit of extra quality to them.

Nathalie and myself checked on some shoes for our planned travel to Germany and Denmark, so we asked around to a lot of fellow travellers and more sporty friends. These came out as the best shoes for a decent price! Most of them are available online on well known webshops. You can chek the current prices by clicking on the images!

 

Asics Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoes

The Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 are available for both men and women. These shoes are perfect for people who choose walking over any other type of exercise. The basic colors and print keep things classy without looking as though they’re meant for an older crowd. Unlike other models that promote running, these are specifically created for lower impact activities. And it pays of in comfort.

Asics Men's GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe ASICS Women's GEL-Tech Neo 4 Walking Shoe

The mesh upper, which is unusual in a straightforward walking shoe, helps in both ventilation and comfort even if you’re walking all day. The Impact Guidance System makes it so that this shoe automatically adjusts to your personal gait. The well places gel cushioning systems in the heel and forefoot of the sole absorb shocks and reduce foot stress. They even have 3M reflective stripes for extra safety and security. For the price, these ASICS walkers are a true gem. Possibly the most comfortable walking shoe for a normal budget out there!

Skechers Shape Ups 2.0

Skechers-shape-ups-2-0Skechers Shape Ups 2.0 take comfort to a whole new level.The Shape Up technology have earned their place as an every comfort shoe that is ideal to take on any of your travels. These Skechers were specifically made for walking and other low impact fitnes. Thanks to to the breathable mesh that envelop the polyurethane cage, this shoe feels like walking on clouds. The Shape Ups 2.0 comes in an original design and many fun colors that will fit your style.

Skechers-Shape-Ups-2-0-Fashion-SneakerThe Skechers Shape Ups 2.0 are widely considered as one of the best walking shoes for 2016. The padded tongues, breathing mesh, and memory foam are what makes these Shape Ups a top contender for that title. The Skechers are also very useable for hiking and long nature walks. Because the Shape Ups have the rocker bottom design, it will provide you with that necessary boost of energy. The design will also take pressure of your back and the grip treading ensures you will be steady on your feet on any terrain.

 

Skechers Go Walk 3 Walking Shoe

Another top model from Skechers is the Skechers Go Walk 3 walking shoe. This shoe is a slip-on which is a bit unusual since we mostly identify good walking shoes with the traditional lace-ups. However, this design is so lightweight that it gives the impression with a comfy casual shoe with the comfort, and weatherproofing of a high end walking shoe. The shoe has a pull-on heel hoop so they are super easy to put on. The Skechers Go Walk 3 absorp impact thanks to it’s special goga pillar memory foam and the cushioned heel shows that this walking shoe can handle any type of walking, including on outdoors rugged terrain.

Skechers Performance Go Walk 3There are both male and female options available and a range of colors. Sizes don’t come in just the classic sizes but there are also wider sizes available. So for every foot there’s a perfectly fitting Skechers Go Walk 3. These shoes are available since 2015 but now in 2016 they are one of the best selling shoes on the market! Need to say more?

 

 

Rockport Men’s World Tour Classic Walking Shoe

The Rockport Men’s is a lot more classic than the Skechers, but it’s an all time classic still very popular with modern men who choose this footwear for it’s high quality. The model has many benefits still making it one of the best walking shoes available in 2016. The high quality leather is water resistant and is available in different classy colors. It also come with diffirent optional finishes like suede and pebbled leather.

Rockport Men’s World Tour Classic

These walking shoes work with casual wear but they are also useable for business and office attire. The shoe has well balanced cushioning and good shock absorption. The sole is extremely durable. Anyway, the Rockport Men’s World Tour Classic is a breeze to walk on. Perfect for business trips and city trips and easily one of the best walking shoes 2016.

 

Reebok Daily Cushion 3.0 Walking Shoe

Reebok’s Daily Cushion 3.0 is, as it’s name suggest, an improved version of the 2.0 which already was an excellent walking shoe. The Daily Cushion 3.0 however delivers the high expectations. The model comes in a womens and mens version and come in a sporty look. The shoe doesn’t work so well with casual gear but is perfect to use with more sporty attire.

Reebok Daily Cushion 3The Reebok Daily Cusion 3.0 comes in both white and black. The women and men are almost identicl but have a slightly different shape. However, the insame comfort of this walking shoe is it’s strongest point. The support and fit, half sizes are available, is the main reason buyer’s rank this shoe amongst the best of 2016. The low cut silhouette, padding and shock absorpation is so good that is even provides therapeutic arch support. Great stuff.

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