Gear Geek: 7 Travel-Friendly Backpacks

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Finding the perfect travel backpack is similar to shopping for cars—you can go basic, or you can load up on the bells and whistles. And just like a car, you have to make sure you pick the right one because this bag will become your best friend or worst enemy when on the road.

From packs with features most travelers will never need (ice ax hooks? Really?) to the basic reliable bag that will last you a lifetime, here are seven backpacks that are ideal for nomads.

1. Patagonia Black Hole Pack, $129; 2. Kletterwerks Kletter Flip, $229; 3. Fjallraven Kanken,
From $75; 4. Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry, $130; 5. Douchebags The Base, $119; 6. Osprey Pixel Port, $120; 7. Mission Workshop Rambler, $285