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Boreas Backpacks: Stylish, Practical & Affordable

If you’re still using an old school backpack for camping or your current backpack leaves your shoulders, back and body worn out, you need to think about upgrading to a quality backpack for your camping adventures.

I’ll be honest, even though I have used many different types of packs on my camping trips around Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado and into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, I had never experienced what a truly high quality backpack was until this last summer.

In 2014, we got two new Boreas backpacks for our trips and my body has been thanking me ever since.


Boreas was founded in 2010 by a group of former North Face designers who wanted to make affordable yet incredibly high quality and stylish backpacks.

They have succeeded in this goal by creating clean, practical designs that are unlike any other packs we have used.

The Sapa Trek

The Sapa Trek backpack is our go-to pack for literally all of our traveling. We not only bring this bag camping, but hiking, visiting relatives, hotel stays and more.

Boreas Sapa Trek

The Sapa Trek is an adventure travel pack that is built like a backcountry pack but with extra pockets and compression. This bag is big and can easily hold enough gear for a long trip for one or gear for two if you are planning a short trip.

A perforated foam back panel means that your back will remain comfortable no matter what is packed inside and the removable frame will keep the pack’s form in any situation.

Other features includetwo side stretch pockets, which we love for keeping phones, sunscreen, snacks, keys and more, a rain cover to keep your pack dry and a tri-zip opening which allows you to access the entire bag without having to dig through all your gear.

Sapa Trek Specs:

  • Storage: 55 L
  • Weight: 3 lbs 7 oz with frame
  • Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz without frame

TheMuir Woods 30

This is the other pack that we use on our trips. The Muir Woods 30 is a smaller backpack and is perfect for day trips or for packing up one of your kids.

Boreas Muir Woods 30

This pack features the same stretch side pockets as the Sapa Trek as well as the perforated foam back panel. It also hydration compatible (as is the Sapa) and is a great looking pack as well.

We often pack our camera, sunscreen, swimsuits, towels and such for our day trips when we leave our campsite with this pack.

Muir Woods 30 Specs:

  • Volume: 30 L
  • Weight: 2 lbs 3 oz

Final Thoughts

Beyond The Tent Using Boreas

As I stated earlier in this post, my wife and I have had our Boreas packs for about a year now and while we have a few others, the Boreas packs are what get used on a regular basis. They are simply stylish and incredibly practical. Our absolute favorite features are the tri-zip on the Sapa and the side stretch pockets on both bags.

You can see the bags in action below:

Where To Purchase

You can purchase Boreas backpacks Amazon here.


Thursday 12th of August 2021

I believe Boreas has gone out of business. Are you aware of any place that sells them still?