New Series of Big Agnes Backpacks

Here you have all Big Agnes backpacks presented, they launched them recently and these are their first backpacks ever. All are ultralight and with some unique features.

The list includes small day packs, mid size packs, and large packs, and they are in the volume range from 20 liters to 63 liters. There are three separate series, and some include gender specific packs. Some of them are built in two sub-sizes so there are 8 packs in total.

These backpacks are built in collaboration with Hyosung, a Korean global fiber manufacturer. So these are 100% recycled packs and GRS-certified, built from Mipan regen robic high-tenacity nylon. The fabric contains a solution-dyed ripstop grid.

Big Agnes company is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and they have been around for more than 20 years. They have made many award-winning outdoor products like sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and tents. But this is the first time that they make outdoor backpacks.

So here are the packs, the first two are unisex day packs. The other packs are presented in pairs as versions for men and for women, they share the same features but they have different names.


Big Agnes Impassable 20L Backpack

Big Agnes Impassable 20L Backpack.
Big Agnes Impassable 20L Backpack.

This is a unisex and ultralight panel loading type day pack. It offers a compression molded back panel and contoured shoulder straps. For such a small pack, it has a wide Open Range hip belt design which is similar to their largest packs shown below.

The pack is hydration compatible so you have an internal 2L hydration bladder pocket equipped with a bladder hook, a tube routing port, and a hose keeper clip on its sternum strap.

There are plenty of pockets and compartments. This includes a padded compartment for a 15 inches (38 cm) laptop, it has a side entry point behind the back panel. You also have two large stretch mesh side pockets, one front quick-stash pocket, and two front zip pockets, and one of them is with a key keeper and an internal organization pocket.

The pack also has side compression straps, two daisy chains on the front, and two webbing loops on the bottom paired with bungees higher on the front. So here you can attach trekking poles. There is also a top handle.

Here are some numbers:

  • Volume: 1220 in³ (20 l).
  • Weight: 1 lb 8 oz (680 kg).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 20 x 8 x 5.5 in (51 x 20 x 14 cm).
  • Maximum load: 20 lb (9 kg).

Please see more in this video:

What I like:
  • The weight.
  • The pockets & attachment features.
  • Overall quality.

What I dislike:

  • No rain cover.

Big Agnes Ditch Rider 32L Backpack

Big Agnes Ditch Rider 32L Backpack.
Big Agnes Ditch Rider 32L Backpack.

This is again a unisex daypack but a bit larger than the previous pack. They share some of the same features, but here you have a few more.

So this is a pack with a roll-top closure and this is one of the differences. But this pack also has a full-zip back panel access, so you open it like a duffel bag. This feature looks cool, but I feel that for such a small pack this just adds an unnecessary weight.

The pockets and attachment elements are the same except for the side straps. In this pack you have their unique Hoist Compression system, the same as in the packs below. It pulls pack weight inward and upward while raising the bottom panel up to secure the load.

Here are the most important numbers:

  • Volume: 1953 in³ (32 l).
  • Weight: 2 lb (907 g).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 28.5 x 8 x 7 in (72 x 20 x 18 cm).
  • Maximum load: 25 lb (11 kg).

What I like:

  • The weight.
  • Plenty of pockets and attachment options.
  • Compression system.

What I dislike:

  • No rain cover.
  • Two access points. Why?

Big Agnes Prospector 50L Backpack for Men & Big Agnes Womens Sun Dog 45L Backpack

Left: Big Agnes Prospector 50L Pack for men. Right: Big Agnes Sun Dog 45L Pack for women.
Left: Big Agnes Prospector 50L Pack for men. Right: Big Agnes Sun Dog 45L Pack for women.

These are mid-size packs, their volumes are indicated in their official names. The packs share the same features and they include the following.

You have a roll-top closure with buckles, and inside of the main compartment there is a hydration sleeve. But the packs also have a large zippered access behind the back panel. So this is quite an unusual feature which you can find only in snow packs.

The packs are with an internal aluminum peripheral frame, and the torso length is not adjustable. The hip belt includes what they call the Open Range design with cut-away features to avoid excess weight and bulk and for perfect hip hugging. Here you have dual hip belt stabilizer straps on both sides so you can find the best possible fit for your body shape.

The packs have 5 external pockets. They include 2 large stretch mesh pockets on the sides, one front mesh pocket, one front zippered pocket, and 2 large and removable hip belt pockets.

There are numerous attachment and compression options, plus front daisy chains, so you can carry lots of stuff attached to the pack.

These are ultralight packs and you have an excellent volume/weight ratio. Below you can see some numbers. Note that the pack for men has two sub-sizes, but this is related to their torso range only.

Please see a bit more about this series in the video:

What I like:
  • The weight.
  • Craftsmanship.
  • Bonus Trash Can included.

What I dislike:

  • No rain cover.
  • Not adjustable torso length.

Big Agnes Sun Dog 45L Pack for Women numbers:

  • Volume: 2746 in³ (45 l).
  • Weight: 2 lb 13 oz (1.28 kg).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 32 x 10 x 8.5 in (81 x 25 x 22 cm).
  • Maximum load: 40 lb (18 kg).

Big Agnes Prospector 50L Pack for Men numbers:

  • Volume: 3051 in³ (50 l).
  • Two torso length sizes M & L.
  • Weight:
    – M: 3 lb 1 oz (1.39 kg).
    – L: 3 lb 3 oz (1.45 kg).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    – M: 33 x 10 x 8 in (84 x 25 x 20 cm).
    – L: 35 x 9.5 x 8 in (84 x 24 x 20 cm).
  • Maximum load: 40 lb (18 kg).

Big Agnes Parkview 63L Backpack for Men & Big Agnes Garnet 60L Backpack for Women

Left: Big Agnes Parkview 63L Pack for Men. Right: Big Agnes Garnet 60L Pack for Women
Left: Big Agnes Parkview 63L Pack for Men. Right: Big Agnes Garnet 60L Pack for Women

Here you have packs with a classic top lid and an expandable collar underneath it. Note that you can have up to 10 liters of extra volume when the collar is expanded.

Surprisingly, this is the only access point, and I find this a bit strange in view of their overall size. You would more need this extra access here than in the smaller packs presented above.

So these are details that makes them different from the other packs here in the list. But there is more. These packs have an adjustable torso length. This is a ladder type system with three different positions.

The other features are similar, and the same materials are used. So you have the same set of attachment options and straps as in the previous two packs.

But here you have a lid with two pockets, so the total number of pockets in these packs is 7.

Please see more in this video:

What I like:

  • The weight.
  • Craftsmanship.
  • Adjustable torso length.
  • Bonus Trash Can included.

What I dislike:

  • No rain cover.
  • Top access only.

Big Agnes Garnet 60L Pack for Women parameters:

  • Volume: 3661 + 427 in³ (60 + 7 l).
  • Weight: 3 lb 9 oz (1.62 kg).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 28 + 6 x 11 x 9.5 in (71 + 15 x 28 x 24 cm).
  • Maximum load: 50 lb (23 kg).

Big Agnes Parkview 63L Pack for Men parameters:

  • Volume: 3845 + 610 in³ (63 + 10 l).
  • Two torso length sizes M & L.
  • Weight:
    – M: 3 lb 10 oz (1.64 kg).
    – L: 4 lb 1 oz (1.84 kg).
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):
    – M: 29 + 6 x 11 x 9.5 in (74 + 15 x 28 x 24 cm).
    – L: 31 + 6 x 11 x 9.5 in (79 + 15 x 28 x 24 cm).
  • Maximum load: 50 lb (23 kg).

Final thoughts

So these are all Big Agnes backpacks that are currently on the market. But I doubt that they will stop there, you can expect more packs from this brand.

As you realize, they are all built from the same materials, they are exceptionally light, and functional. Some of them come with a few unique details and features.

But if you feel that you need more options, please check under the category Trail Gear here in the site, you will find many packs presented. Let me know if you have questions, there is a comment box below.

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