What is the best backpack for climbing Kilimanjaro?
On Kilimanjaro, you won’t need a huge backpack because our porters carry most of your gear from camp to camp. The only things you need to carry are those that you may need while on the trail. This includes extra layers of clothing, water, snacks, sunscreen, and other small items. (See How Should I Pack my Backpack While Climbing Kilimanjaro?)
A medium-sized pack, about 30 to 35 liters, is recommended. Smaller capacity, such as 20 or 25 liters, may be used but it would require careful packing each and every time you add or remove something. It is more convenient to carry a larger size so you do not have to put as much thought into how you are handling things. This become a factor when you are tired or at high altitudes, which can cause brain fog.
Gregory Zulu 30
We like the Gregory Zulu 30. It is the perfect size, and sits very comfortably on your body, as all Gregory packs do. It has a mesh back panel to keep your back dry, several back and side pockets, compression straps, and is hydration bag compatible. The Gregory Zulu 30 Backpack retails for around $149 and can be found here: Gregory Zulu 30 Backpack.
Gregory also makes daypacks with capacities of 25L, 32L, 33L, 35L and 38L. So you have many to choose from. Just don’t go too small.
Gregory Packs was founded by Wayne Gregory in 1977. The company has pioneered new suspension systems that work with your body instead of against it, paying relentless attention to men’s and women’s fit, and inventing new materials and construction techniques. Their unique approach to design gave the company the confidence to offer a lifetime guarantee on their products.
Osprey Talon 33
The other brand we are quite fond of is Osprey. Osprey was founded in 1974 by Mike Pfotenhauer. He started by making custom-fit, made-to-order packs constructed over several days. Today, they make some of the most comfortable and advanced backpacks in the world.
The Osprey Talon 33 is a high quality backpack that will prove its worth on Kilimanjaro. At 33 liters, it will easily fit your daily gear. It is lightweight, with a comfortable hipbelt, and has useful features including compression, hydration sleeve, mesh harness slash pocket, and a large stretch mesh front panel pocket.
The Osprey Talon 33 retails for around $140 and can be found here: Osprey Talon 33
Of course, Osprey also makes additional sizes and models that could suit your desires.
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