Backpacks are an essential piece of kit for every adventurer, but with so many different styles and sizes where does one start when choosing the best backpack for their needs? The answer to that question is, “you start at Decathlon”, where we have a wide range of affordable bags in many different styles for you to choose from. Browse our entire range of backpacks and when you have made your selection, decide whether you want to receive your new product via our speedy home delivery service or our convenient click-and-collect option.
If for some reason you are not happy with your purchase we do offer a 2 year warranty for all Decathlon products and a 365 day returns offer for all online orders.
What is a backpack?
In its simplest form, a backpack is a fabric sack that allows you to carry your belongings with you wherever you want to go. Over the years backpack technology has consistently improved and now there are many different types of bags to suit the needs of many different sports and activities.
At Decathlon, we have a wide range of backpacks in stock including hiking backpacks, cycling bags, swimming bags, and bags that are perfect for travelling.
If you are ever unsure about which backpack is the perfect one for you, you can always reach out to us online or visit us in-store and an expert member of our staff will be happy to help you. We hope you enjoy browsing our vast selection of bags and that you enjoy your next adventure, whatever it may be.
Do I need a backpack?
The simple answer to this question is yes, everyone needs some form of a backpack. Even if you don’t need one they make carrying just about anything with you much, much easier. Backpacks can make many activities much more enjoyable, including travelling, hiking, running, and cycling. It's just about making sure that you pick the perfect bag to suit what you need it for.
It’s always good to consider how, where, and why you need a new backpack. Once you've found an answer to these questions you can focus on the different types of backpacks that will suit your needs and at Decathlon, you are bound to find one at an affordable price.
Choosing the perfect backpack
If you need a backpack for hiking or trekking then you will be spoilt for choice. We have hiking rucksacks that come in all different sizes to suit all durations and levels of hikes. A good rule of thumb is to judge what size bag you need against how long your hike will be. A hike that lasts less than one day would need a hiking bag with a capacity of 10-25 litres and you would get away with foam straps and no built-in frame. If you’re looking at hiking for longer than a day you will need a backpack that can carry camping gear as well as multiple outfits, food, and lots of water so a bag bigger than 25 litres is essential. You should also consider the level of support the bag offers, an internal-frame backpack is the best way to give you support on a multi-day trip.
The cycling backpacks on our website are perfect for city commuters. They can store laptops and double down as saddlebags while you are riding your bike. With the ability to attach to your pannier rack yet still remain stylish in their design, cycling bags are the perfect choice for people striving for a work-life balance.
Now for the canoers and kayakers among you, waterproof backpacks will protect your items from splashes and brief immersion in water. This is essential when you're spending long periods out on the water and will need your phone and other water-sensitive items. Some waterproof backpacks will even offer temporary buoyancy so you can easily retrieve your bag if you capsize.
Hydration backpacks are perfect for those of you involved in high-intensity sports like running, mountain biking, or cycling. They allow you to still use your arms while you hydrate as they come equipped with a long tube that reaches all the way to your mouth from your bag. This style of backpack will make hydrating during your sport of choice much easier and takes up less room than a standard water bottle allowing you more freedom to bring extra gear with you.