What is the Best Bushcraft Backpack? – The Top 3

What is the Best Bushcraft Backpack?

Bushcraft backpacks are essential for carrying all your gear, in a comfortable and safe manner.

If you want a large pack, then there are also good options for you as mentioned below, but for this article, we are going to focus on a standard size daypack that is ideal for everyday bushcraft purposes.

So, what is the best bushcraft backpack for your needs? Here’s our favourite 3…

5.11 Tactical Rush 24

5.11 Tactical Rush Backpack

The Tactical Rush backpack from 5.11 is a good all-round pack for activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and the like.

It can also be used as a grab bag if necessary, ensuring all your essentials are ready to go and in one place.

5.11 kit is known for being tough and this pack doesn’t disappoint.

The bag features a MOLLE system, that you can attach kit to as necessary.

It also incorporates the Rush Tier System, which lets you add an extra bag if required.

If you want something that’s going to stand up to a beating and will last for years to come – then this is the pack for you!

Pack features:

  • Hydration pocket
  • Large main storage compartment
  • Three mesh admin compartments
  • Reinforced grab-and-go handle
  • Contoured yoke shoulder strap system
  • Dual zipping side pockets
  • Zippered side water bottle pocket
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Stuff-it pocket with integrated draw-cord
  • Self-repairing YKK® zippers
  • Contoured yoke shoulder strap system
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Hook and loop nametape and flag patches

View and purchase the pack here.

Karrimor SF Predator

Karrimor SF predator 30 Bushcraft Backpacks

Another great bushcraft backpack, that is also suitable for many other activities, such as hiking, camping, etc.

These packs come in 2 different sizes. One being a 30-litre daysack (featured), which is ideal for general day to day use – and a larger size which is 80-130 litres (if you attach side pouches).

The 30-litre size model can also have extras attached to it, using its modular system, further increasing its capacity and functionality.

These backpacks are rock solid and will serve you for many years

  • Capacity: 30 litres
  • Weight: 1.25 kg
  • Dimensions: 52 x 30 x 21 cm (HxWxD)
  • Main fabric: KS60-RS
  • Colour: Coyote
  • S-shaped shoulder harness
  • Sternum strap
  • One main compartment
  • Stuff pockets
  • Shock cord carry system
  • Twin ice axe holders
  • Ski guides
  • Coolmesh back system
  • Reinforced lid and base
  • QRM Compatible
  • Reinforced with bartacks
  • Durable water repellent (DWR)
  • Rot-proof thread
  • YKK zips

This video from the Humble Trekker goes through the pack in more detail:

View and purchase the pack here.

Swedish Army LK35

The classic bushcraft backpack

Swedish Army LK35 Backpack

This pack is a bit of a cult classic and not easy to get hold of – especially if you want one in new condition.

However, if you want a time tested, old-school favourite, then you could do a lot worse than get yourself one of these.

They are/were made by Haglofs, for the Swedish Army and are great value.

The video below from MCQ Bushcraft gives a good overview:

Features include:

  • Olive Green
  • Pack size: 35 L
  • 1000 Denier PU coated Synthetic
  • Identity tag on the hood, for your personal details or flag
  • Manufactured by Haglofs
  • Durable external metal frame
  • Fully adjustable low-impact shoulder straps
  • External loading shelf
  • Removable pack
  • Adjustable metal ‘ladder-lock’ strap system
  • Easy access field tool carrying loop
  • ‘Free-floating’ back system
  • Broad webbing buffer pads
  • Exclusively designed for the Swedish army

These aren’t always easy to track down, but you may want to try militarymart.co.uk to see if they have any in, or you be able to pick one up on eBay.

Good luck!

What is a bushcraft bag?

A bushcraft bag is usually the same thing as a bushcraft backpack, just another way of describing it.

It can also mean a type of holdall though such as these here.

You can refer to the type in this article as a bag if you wish, but they are are usually known as backpacks or rucksacks.


Either of the above will make great bushcraft backpacks.

Depending on your tastes, you may want to opt for the classic style of the LK35. They are a great choice and represent excellent value for money.

If you want something more modern, then the 5.11 or Karrimor will be a great buy and either of them will serve you very well.

If you want something larger, then the Karrimor SF Predator 80-130 is a good option, as is the SF Sabre 75 mentioned in our Bushcraft Gear article.

It would also be great to hear what your favourite pack is. Please let us know in the comments below.