Equestrian Backpacks Tested

1. Grand Prix Rider’s Backpack

For carrying everything from your horse’s medical papers to your helmet to your crop, this bag is a staple—look around a horse show and you’re sure to see a few Grand Prix Rider’s Backpacks. Made with a sturdy nylon, it easily holds up to normal barn wear and tear, as do its durable zippers. Our tester’s favorite feature is the generous number of pockets, many of them quite large, which provide tons of storage space. Although the water bottle pocket was too small for any bottle our tester tried, it ended up being perfect for storing extra hairnets and other small items.
Buy it: frantisi.com; $99

2. Samshield Iconpack

With more style than most backpacks while remaining functional, Samshield truly upped the standards with their Iconpack. The waterproof external material is easy to wipe clean after a long show day and gives the pack a sharp, classy look—our tester’s favorite part! A range of compartments—we counted eight, with more pockets within—offer plenty of options for storing your equipment, including a special place for your helmet, phone or camera, whip, and water bottle. Though a bit pricier than some competitors, this backpack has it all: form, function, and fashion.
Buy it: samshield.com; $249

3. Noble Outfitters Ringside Pack

When headed to a show, the barn, or school, having a backpack that will keep everything secure and safe can be a challenge. Enter, Noble Outfitters’ Ringside Pack that is built for heavy-duty usage—it’s even water resistant! With many stretchy, zippered compartments and a lightweight material, this bag can handle heavy textbooks along with riding gear. Our tester appreciated the ability to pack her laptop and her helmet all in one bag. She also found the two water bottle holders on each side of the backpack are handy for storing carrots!
Buy it: nobleoutfitters.com; $99.95

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