You can break up the reasons why people exercise into two, or maybe three distinct bot non-mutually exclusive categories. First, you have the obvious health reasons. Getting on a bike, heading out on a run, or hitting the weights is good for your heart, posture – and of course it helps you look good (this could be a category unto itself). Then, aside from all of that, there is the feeling exercise gives you. Whether in the most crowded gym or running on a track in the middle of a city, when you get into a flow state, you could be a thousand miles away. For a lot of athletes, that far away and calm feeling that comes with rigorous exercise is a big part the overall appeal.

Backpacking is one of the few activities that at a very basic level reflects that same internal sense of distance and calm athletes get in its own nature. To get to those distances, however, backpackers depend on good gear – chief among which is their actual pack. A good pack can mean the difference between a painful and short lived trip, and a freeing one that puts some real distance between you and all of the unnecessary hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you’re a first timer or someone looking to retire an old friend – we’ve assembled a list of some of the 10 best long-haul backpacking packs for men to help you narrow down the options.

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