By Diana Gerstacker

A backpack is more than just a container to store and tote your gear -- a backpack is a symbol of adventure. These packs allow us the opportunity to explore without weighing us down.

Backpacks go where other bags can’t -- up mountains, through deep woods and out on the water. These amazing packs are the first choice for many travelers, athletes and school kids for their style and functionality. Everyone needs to take along their gear, whether it be crampons or crayons, backpacks are the ultimate adventure bag.

With the beginning of the school year just around the corner, we sought out the best backpacks that will handle everything from books to trekking gear. The packs on our list are versatile, top-of-the-line bags that will hold up through any adventure but won't break the bank. If you're looking to take on that next big peak or simply organize your technology for travel, take a look at the backpacks on our list.

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