I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know a lot about what I’d need in a hiking backpack or gear. I do know a little. And I know what I’d like in one as far as space, portability, a strength. Clay and I have only recently discovered any form of hiking and so far, it’s very short trails because we are both out of shape! We both want to hike more, though. So we are working our way up to longer, more difficult trails. We are also beginning to gather some gear that we will need as we progress further.
There are a lot of photos in this post so I have created a slideshow, at the bottom, that you can browse through to see them all.
I received a complimentary hiking backpack to share on our 2016 Holiday gift guide. All opinions are my own.
This is the Gemgo Mountaintop MB06 50L-60L Hiking Backpack. It is a very large, yet lightweight, backpack. I’m not showing it in the photos but I was able to put in a hydration bladder, canteen, sunscreen, bug spray, hoodie, bear spray, compass, first aid kit, rain poncho, flashlight and several other items. There was still room!
A strap on the top can be used to hold a bed roll or small sleeping bag. I don’t see a way to attach a tent or larger sleeping bag. There is a zipper pocket on each shoulder strap, one on the back and then the compartment on top as well as a mesh pocket on each side of the bag.
The bag itself has a drawstring closure. While I prefer a zipper, the drawstring top does let me tighten it smaller if I have less items in the pack. However, only being able to open it from the top and not with a zipper that goes around the sides does make it a bit harder to remove items in the bottom of the pack. That is the only drawback I see.
There are several hooks and loops for attaching items like a compass, rope, trek poles, etc.
The fabric is waterproof but mine also came with a rain hood that can be placed over the entire backpack to add keep it nice and dry in the rain.
I like the feel of the fabric. It feels sturdy and the bottom doesn’t feel like it is going to give out or tear.
The adjustable shoulder straps as well as the backing on the hiking backpack are padded and made of breathable mesh to help keep your back cooler.
One thing that really stood out to me is the lumbar support in the back. Not only is there a sturdy pad, there is also a metal bar up the center for lumbar support. I found this made it much easier on my back to carry around all those items.
Here is a slideshow with even more photos of the Gemgo Mountaintop Hiking Backpack:
Overall, I’d say this is a really nice hiking backpack and one I’ll definitely be taking on our hikes in the Smokies.
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