Choosing a backpack for your next outdoor adventure is no easy task. With dozens of options available, narrowing down the best pack for you can take some serious research. What it really comes down to are the features that will be most important to you, based on the type of outdoor weekend you’re planning. If you’ll be doing a fast-paced section hike, you’ll want a lightweight pack that allows you to carry all the backpacking essentials (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, food, tent, etc.), but will also hold up in bad weather. For camping weekends, you’ll probably be more concerned with a large carrying capacity so that you can fit all your overnight supplies. And if you’re looking for a basic travel pack to get you from point A to point B, pockets will be your best friend.