Comfortable backpack is important thing to consider before you begin remarkable adventure. Once you are on the way, the last you want to worry about are gear issues. Many people prioritizes durability, but there are several more characteristics which we recommend to think about. This guide will give you some tips to make smarter choice.
Too small backpack creates a challenge pack gear so you could easily access it on the way. Too big option encourages to put in things which are not necessary. Your target should be to find the perfect balance between backpack size and stuff you carry.
Think about your trip. Where are you planning to go? How long you will travel? What kind of gear you need for the trip?
Certain questions will help you define requirements for the backpack size. There is no universal option for all scenarios, but there are some common considerations which you can rely on.
For weekend trip without planning to sleeping outside, 21-30 liters backpack should be enough. If you are planning carry tent, sleeping bag, mat, then you should consider 41-50 liters as better option. For 3-4 days hike with eating in cafeterias on the way, 51-60 liters is worth to check. Though for independent multi-day traveling in remote places we would recommend 61-70 liters volume backpacks.
If you expect rain, think how to secure gear inside. Several options are available. Fully waterproof backpack with sealed zippers which guarantees 100% protection in any conditions. Millet, Lafuma, Pinguin offers built-in rain covers, which in case of rainfall can be quickly installed and attached over your bag. Fjallraven offers waxed fabric, which ensures protection in a drizzle and for persistent rain you use rain cover. For occasional water protection, you can use dry bag which fits into your backpack. Think about what suits you best.
For busy and risky places you need Anti-theft backpack. Look for cut-proof option with lockable zippers. It lets you easily add padlock and prevent anyone who is looking for a quick steal. You may also choose between top and front-loading backpack types. Front-loading backpacks usually looks more like suitcase with straps and zip around. While top-loading backpacks are usually secured by plastic clasps, making them easy to get into.
Compartments and pockets
General rule - the more pockets and compartments backpack has, the easier it is to organize items inside. Also multiple compartments helps you balance weight correctly. We recommended to check for a models where things are accessible from two sides (some models have even more). It will make easier take access and manage items on the way.
It helps optimize weight balance between your shoulders and hips. Tent, sleeping gear, tableware, food, clothes still weights many kilograms. Comfortable hip belt significantly reduces pressure to your shoulders. Pay attention how well it is padded, does it fits you form (smaller people and women, usually has specifically designed models). Often hip belt have additional pocket built in, so you can keep here most often used items there.
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