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Cloaked Carry: 15 Best Camo Backpacks

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Oct 18, 2018

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There are many animals which have some form of natural camouflage. For instance, octopi can alter the color of their bodies on cue to blend in with the rocks on the ocean floor around them. Similarly, leopards have distinct spotted patterns in their fur that allows them to better blend into the grasslands and forests in which they hunt. Humans, unfortunately, have never had any natural camouflage. But that hasn’t stopped us from using our brains to create our own.

Originally taking the form of things like animal skins and body paint, humans have been developing and using camouflage for a very long time. In fact, it’s become so ubiquitous in human culture, that it is no longer strictly relegated to its original use. Now, its function is just as often stylistic as it is functional. Whether you just appreciate its appearance or you want to incorporate it into your outdoor and/or hunting gear, it can be found incorporated into the appearance of any number of pieces of gear, including backpacks. A staple of hiking, everyday carry, hunting, military loadouts, and more, backpacks of all shapes, sizes, and intended purposes are available in camouflage colorways. But the following 15, whether your intention is to blend in or stand out, are the best camouflage backpacks.

JanSport Superbreak Backpack

You can’t go wrong with a classic, and that’s exactly where JanSport fits. Sure, it’s not the most fully-featured, roomiest, or toughest bag in the world, but this EDC backpack is reliable and supremely budget-friendly. With a large main compartment, second smaller zippered external pocket, and padded shoulder straps, you can’t go wrong with the Superbreak. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that, including this camouflage offering, it comes in a whopping 30 different colors.

Capacity: 25L
Material: 600D Polyester
Category: Everyday

Purchase: $26

CONDOR 3-Day Assault Pack

There seems to be a belief that solid, hardcore tactical bags don’t come with budget-friendly price tags. But we think the CONDOR 3-Day Assault Pack would have something to say about it. Without being absurdly expensive, this pack boasts a gargantuan 50 liters of carrying space — including room for up to two 3L hydration bladders and a total of seven pockets. It’s also made from high-denier naturally water-resistant nylon, has MOLLE webbing all around the exterior, and even has compression straps to keep everything from bouncing around too much.

Capacity: 50L
Material: 1000D Nylon
Category: Military/Tactical/Hiking

Purchase: $136

Filson x Mossy Oak Bandera Backpack

For an everyday backpack that offers up superb build quality, as well as an extraordinary appearance, you can’t go wrong with this collaboration bag courtesy of the folks at Filson and Mossy Oak. Available in your choice of Mossy Oak’s Shadow Grass or Bottomland camouflage patterns, this bag is a surefire way to stand out against the crowd. It also boasts a construction made out of Filson’s signature rugged twill, has a 15″ laptop compartment, and features a low-profile exterior-access zippered pocket for your smaller items — like your everyday carry.

Capacity: 22L
Material: Industrial-Strength Rugged Twill
Category: Everyday

Purchase: $175

Aer Duffel Pack 2

The Aer Duffel Pack 2 is undoubtedly one of the best backpacks ever made, camouflage or not. But it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s offered in this black camo colorway. On top of how handsome it looks, it also boasts a water-resistant 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon exterior, has a spacious main compartment, dual quick-access external zippered pockets (with plenty of organizational options inside), a separate ventilated shoe compartment that fits up to a men’s size 13, a top-access small item pocket, and a pouch inside that fits up to a 15.6″ laptop computer. It can even be transformed into a duffel bag for more convenient and quick carry.

Capacity: 24.6L
Material: 1680D Cordura Nylon
Category: Everyday/Gym/Travel

Purchase: $185

Spec-Ops T.H.E. PACK, TACTICAL

Spec-Ops Brand’s T.H.E. PACK, TACTICAL has one of the stranger names of any offering on our list, but it is undoubtedly one of the best mil-spec packs ever made. And because this company caters to the tactical crowd, it should come as no surprise that this bag is also offered in a camouflage colorway. Boasting MOLLE webbing across the entirety of its 1000D Cordura nylon exterior, compatibility with Spec-Ops’ modular X-SYSTEM, and nearly 42 liters of internal space, you can’t go wrong with this one. And that’s doubly true when you consider that it comes with a lifetime guarantee and was made here in the USA.

Capacity: 41.8L
Material: 1000D Cordura Nylon
Category: Military/Tactical/Hiking

Purchase: $198

DSPTCH Gym/Work Pack

Not everyone who appreciates camouflage as a colorway wants to tote around a hefty and complicated mil-spec tactical backpack. If you fall into that category, we’ve got some good news: the DSPTCH Gym/Work bag comes in a handsome black camo. And at no expense to the rest of its superb features, like its DWR-coated Cordura nylon exterior, 25 liters of internal storage, magnetic Fidlock main compartment closure, 15″ laptop pocket, and separate ventilated shoe compartment (which fits a men’s size 13). Complete with a lifetime warranty, this handsome everyday backpack should be near the top of your list.

Capacity: 25L
Material: DWR-Coated 500D Cordura Nylon
Category: Everyday/Gym

Purchase: $198

5.11 RUSH72 Tactical Backpack

If there’s anything that the folks at 5.11 Tactical do well, it’s, well, making tactical gear. And their RUSH72 tactical backpack is a premium example of just that. An assault bag that would serve you perfectly were you to use it as your bug-out backpack, this supremely durable bag boasts a 1050D nylon exterior, water-repellant PU detail coatings, handy compression straps, an impressive amount of internal storage across its large number of externally-accessible pockets, hydration bladder compatibility, and a total of 55 liters of internal space. If a comprehensive package is what you seek, you can’t go wrong with this camouflage backpack.

Capacity: 55L
Material: 1050D Nylon
Category: Military/Tactical/Hiking

Purchase: $248

T.A.D. FAST Pack Litespeed

Especially in regards to the tactical crowd, the T.A.D. FAST Pack Litespeed is widely considered one of the best backpacks ever made — and that is for a number of fairly obvious reasons. For starters, it’s a beautifully-constructed piece of carry. It’s also materially sound — having been built from 1000D Cordura nylon, known for its durability and natural weather-resistance. But that’s just the start of things. This pack also has 22 liters of storage, modular webbing for expandability, Hypalon reinforcements, an HDPE frame sheet, and it was made in the USA. Truly, for a camouflage backpack, this is one of the absolute best options.

Capacity: 22L
Material: 1000D Cordura Nylon
Category: Military/Tactical/Hiking

Purchase: $255+

Mystery Ranch ASAP Backpack

Commonly found amongst the military community, assault packs are designed to offer up quick access while remaining capacious and well-organized. But the military isn’t the only crowd that can benefit from such features — and that’s why Mystery Ranch makes their ASAP backpack. Featuring a unique triple-zip main compartment system, this bag offers unheard-of levels of access that can be customized to your situation. Just need to grab something quick from the top? Open up just the top flap. Need complete access to everything inside? The entire bag opens up like a blooming flower. It also features MOLLE webbing for expandability and extra organization, is made in the USA, and offers 20 liters of internal storage.

Capacity: 20L
Material: Custom Teflon & PU-Coated 500D Cordura Nylon
Category: Everyday/Military/Tactical

Purchase: $275

Kifaru 22MAG Backpack

Most people aren’t going to need something as comprehensive and expandable as the Kifaru 22MAG backpack. Of course, that’s also what makes it special — this bag was made to do things and go places that others just can’t. Part backpacking-friendly hiking bag, part hardcore tactical PALS-equipped assault pack, this pack is legendarily capable. From its triple-pocket design — one 26-liter main pouch and dual 11-liter bellowed pockets — to its compatibility with hydration systems, this camouflage backpack would not be out of place on a long-form off-the-grid adventure. But it’s also carry-on compliant, so you could just as easily use it as a travel bag.

Capacity: 48L
Material: DWR-Coated 500D Cordura Nylon
Category: Tactical/Hiking/Hunting

Purchase: $299

Remote Equipment Alpha 31 Backpack

Proof positive that you can have a superb technical pack without carrying around something that looks like you’re ready to go to war or colonize Mars, the Remote Equipment Alpha 31 was built specifically to offer a wealth of storage options, superb accessibility, and to be just about the best bag out there for the urban commuter. As a bonus, it also comes in a camouflage colorway. Since it’s made for the city, its construction also includes a 15″ side-access laptop pocket, a roll-top closure for extra weatherproofing, and — our favorite — a construction of X-Pac material. For reference, X-Pac is made from the same stuff as sailcloths used in boat racing, meaning that it’s waterproof, light as a feather, and remarkably durable.

Capacity: 31-34L
Material: X50 X-Pac
Category: Everyday

Purchase: $349

Mission Workshop The Rhake Backpack

Nobody does urban everyday backpacks quite like Mission Workshop. Honestly, everything they make is so well-considered and beautiful that you likely wouldn’t be disappointed if you had to pick one at random. Of course, if your tastes dictate a bit more control, you’re sure to find something they make that you’ll like — even if that includes a camouflage backpack, as their Rhake bag comes in dual camo colorways (black and alpine white). On top of its high level of handsomeness, this bag also boasts a Cordura nylon construction, a 22L roll-top main compartment, a hideaway water bottle pocket, compatibility with Mission Workshop’s Arkiv modular system, dual precision AustriAlpin COBRA quick-release buckles (the same type used by Special Forces soldiers), and so much more.

Capacity: 22L
Material: 500D Cordura Nylon
Category: Everyday

Purchase: $455

Eberlestock Operator Hunting Pack

Lucky for outdoor and firearm enthusiasts, camouflage styling and hunting backpacks kind of go hand-in-hand. Of course, there are still some that stand head and shoulders about the rest. The Eberlestock Operator Hunting Pack is one such backpack. Complete with a water-resistant nylon exterior, a number of externally-accessible organizational pockets, a pull-out rain cover, and a hideaway rifle scabbard, this might just be the best hunting pack money can buy — both from a capacity standpoint (it boasts a 67L interior) and just from its overall features, format, and style. It’s also covered in MOLLE webbing for modular attachments. Even the hip belt has webbing on it. Not bad, Eberlestock.

Capacity: 67L
Material: 500D Cordura Nylon
Category: Tactical/Hiking/Hunting

Purchase: $489

GORUCK GR2 Backpack

When GORUCK first unveiled their GR1, it was hailed as a revelation by the everyday carry and outdoor industries for its legendary durability. It did, after all, feature a remarkable bombproof laptop pouch. Well, when it came time for a follow-up, they took everything that was great about their first release and made it even better. The GR2 boasts the same bombproof laptop compartment and 1000D Cordura exterior — complete with MOLLE webbing — but it’s also available in a camo colorway, has a generous 40L capacity, and still meets TSA guidelines for a carry-on backpack.

Capacity: 40L
Material: 1000D Cordura Nylon
Category: Everyday/Tactical

Purchase: $495

Arc’teryx LEAF Drypack 70

While Arc’teryx’s standard offerings are certainly some of the best available on the market, their LEAF line takes things to the next level, as they are specifically built for the rigors of military use — and they’re even tested by military personnel. So it should come as no shock that they make one of, if not the best camouflage backpack ever conceived. The Drypack 70, as you might imagine, is a completely waterproof bag with a whopping 70 liters of internal storage space. This is achieved via a water-tight roll-top closure, a PU-coated Cordura nylon exterior, and waterproof zippers. It also has external webbing for modular attachments, an internal buoyancy system in case you find yourself trekking through water, a C2 suspension grid to make carrying it even with a full load easier, and so much more.

Capacity: 70L
Material: PU-Coated HT 725D ACT Cordura Nylon
Category: Military/Tactical/Hiking

Purchase: $1,199

The Ultimate Guide To Mil-Spec Outdoor Gear

While a camouflage colorway doesn’t necessarily mean something is ready for the battlefield, it can certainly be found on a good deal of military-ready gear. Learn all there is to know about that on our ultimate guide to mil-spec outdoor gear.

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