Updated September 25, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Ergonomic Backpacks

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in March of 2018. An aching back is no joke. Whether you already suffer from spinal issues or just want to preserve your health and posture, you’ll want to check out these ergonomic backpacks. They offer a ton of features to keep you moving comfortably, including cushioning, ventilation, and efficient, thoughtful designs. They can hold plenty of stuff and look pretty good doing it, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ergonomic backpack on Amazon.

10. Kenneth Cole Reaction Business Travel

9. Osprey Packs Sojourn

8. Hikpro 20L

7. BackTPack 4

6. Kopack Slim

5. Osprey Farpoint 55

4. Incase Icon

3. Ivar Urban 20

2. The Friendly Swede Hiking Rucksack

1. The North Face Recon

Special Honors

Patagonia Stormfront 30L Many options can handle a little moisture, but the Patagonia Stormfront 30L has a sturdy TPU coating that won’t let any liquid in, so it blows the competition out of the water, so to speak. This protection makes it a fine choice for those heading into the field for fishing or photography. patagonia.com

L.L.Bean Deluxe Book Pack Designed for kids ages 10 and up, the L.L.Bean Deluxe Book Pack can handle all the abuse it’s likely to receive. Both the ergonomically curved straps and the waist belt offer a wearing experience with plenty of support, while the reflective trim provides extra peace of mind. llbean.com

Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 It’s quite a feat that the roomy Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 weighs a mere 2 pounds. But no comfort features were omitted, since it boasts everything from an ergonomic unisex harness to air mesh shoulder straps that keep sweat at bay. gossamergear.com

Editor's Notes

September 20, 2019:

We understand how crucial ergonomic features can be, so we’ve selected models with everything you need for pain-free carry, including padded straps, hip belts, and more. But we’ve also considered style, so many of our choices can give designer backpacks a run for their money. Taking these elements into account, we still like choices from popular manufacturer The North Face, but we’ve opted to replace the Big Shot with the newer Recon. An updated version of a classic, the Recon is attractive but not garish, comfortable but not over-designed. Plus, the 30-liter capacity is good for both short trips and daily commutes to work. We added another updated version, the new BackTPack 4, which offers upgraded features over the BackTPack 3, including an integral hip belt and an exterior water bottle holder.

Finally, we selected one convertible wheeled model, the Osprey Packs Sojourn. It’s big at 45 liters, so the backpack carrying straps are best used for short jaunts, leaving most of the work to the smooth dual wheels.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on September 25, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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