TONY BURR is a legendary backpacker and backpacker-in-residence, with decades of experience in the outdoors, from wilderness to mountaineering, from kayaking to hiking.
BURR has a well-deserved reputation for being a backpacker’s guy, and the following five essential backpacks are all of his.
BURLERS BEST BACKPACKS BURR’s first pack was the legendary Gullwings, which he used as a winter camping backpack, but also became a summer touring backpack when he moved from his beloved Santa Cruz, California, home to the Pacific Northwest in 1999.
He then built upon his success with the Gullwing II, which was also his first backpack, by adding two additional packs in the mid-2000s: the Bumper and the Tuff.
Bumper was the first backpacking pack, which had two small packs and a large, versatile backpack with a full-length compartment.
It had a removable lid, a full size backpack flap, and a padded, mesh interior.
Bumpy is a great all-around backpack, and it’s the only one in the Bumpers line that can hold two backpacks in it.
This was a must-have pack for many backpackers during their travels, as it was lightweight, easy to pack, and easy to use, and was ideal for long-distance hiking, which required an additional pack.
It was a great choice for those wanting to pack more than one tent, as the additional size made it ideal for camping.
BUMPERS TOP-SQUARE BACKPATCH BUMPers Top-Squeak is one of the most versatile backpacks I’ve ever owned.
It’s a pack that is a perfect combination of durability, comfort, and versatility.
It is extremely versatile, capable of carrying two or three large backpacks, three or four smaller ones, and one larger one.
The top-seam construction means that the top of the pack is the only part that can get wet, which is nice because the fabric is super absorbent.
This makes it easy to handle while hiking, and makes it perfect for long, slow, and even hot-weather backpacking trips.
It has plenty of room to spare for water bottles, snacks, and extra sleeping gear, as well as a removable, fold-down zippered top for easy storage.
The only drawback is that it has a very high price tag, but the versatility is undeniable.
BUBBLES BEST BACKPUP It’s hard to argue with the name of the Bumble, as its predecessor, the Bumpy, was the best of the lot.
The Bump was the pack that everyone wanted, and everyone could afford.
It came in two versions: a full length, two-pack version, and an open-top, two pack version.
The full-size Bumpy was made to carry four or five large backpackers, with a large backpack that could be used for longer-distance travel, as a backpack, or even for day-tripping in the mountains.
The two-packs were made for two adults, and each had a separate top-side compartment that was large enough to hold a small, medium, or large backpack.
The large backpack had an extra pocket, which would allow for extra food and toiletries, and also an extra, extra-wide pocket to carry small items, such as a phone, laptop, or wallet.
The open-side Bumpy version had a slightly larger, two bag version that could hold two small backpacks.
The largest of the two-backpacks could carry two large backpacking packs, as long as they were made to handle those same large back packs.
The pack was designed to fit a single adult, but with room to store extra items in the main compartment.
BUMPS TOP-PUP Bumpy II, the second iteration, is the most affordable, and still the best out there.
Bump II had a large back pack that could carry four adults, a larger backpack, a small back pack, or a medium backpack.
Each Bump I, II, and III carried a separate front pocket, but a separate, removable zippable top, allowing for extra space in the backpack.
Bummer II had more space than the Bummer I, and both had pockets for extra toiletries and extra food.
BUPS TOPPUP The first two Bump packs are among the most popular, and are still the most widely used.
Bumps are still popular among backpackers in the Pacific West, and many people still carry them for the versatility, price, and ease of use.
Bums have been around for over 100 years, and while there’s still plenty of variation in their design, the main components remain the same.
The most popular version is the Bumpties top-squeak.
Bumped packs can also