So the plan is set and you want to go camping overnight or make an extended hike. Well you are certainly going to need a quality and durable backpack to carry the supplies you need. These types of backpacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes so it is critical to choose the best size and shape according to your needs or even gender. Not all backpacks are created equal so included in this article are some helpful guidelines for making the right choice.
By far the best backpacks are usually light and not a burden. Obviously this depends on how hard you are hitting that trail but some backpacks are cleverly engineered or use different composite materials to reduce the load. Convenience is another key feature. For example, is the backpack laid out in an effective manner? Can you access all of the pockets and various compartments quickly and easily? There are usually three styles: top loading, panel loading, or crossover panel loading. So depending on the hiking or camping excursion planned it is a good idea to consider these differences. You should also determine whether an external frame backpack or an internal frame backpack would best suit your needs and comfort level. The internal variety is more popular and modern and could be potentially more comfortable depending on your requirements.
Probably one of the most important features for deciding on that backpack is how durable it is. The materials that backpacks are constructed from ranges from cheap nylon to more expensive varieties of kevlar. Of course you probably won’t need a kevlar backpack for a day outing but it is something to consider for the future especially if you envision climbing or engaging in other sorts of activities at your destination. Having the right backpack can make a huge difference. Do you need extra waist support? Some backpacks don’t have the waist strap.
Style is another variable that cannot be overlooked here either. Like most accessories in life even the humble frame backpack comes in a wide spectrum of colors and styles. This is usually a matter of personal taste and a choice based on looks or aesthetic appeal should not trump the core needs of durability, convenience, and material.
Some may say forget that big frame backpack and just take your normal backpack. This is a grave mistake as many people do not realize that the rigors of the trail or the camp are specific and require the right tools. Most common or regular backpacks are not built for this purpose and are usually made from cheaper materials that will tear and shred easily under any type of wear. A proper frame backpack is built to be sturdy with the trail or camp in mind. Common backpacks will also needlessly strain your back or exacerbate weaknesses or injuries with cheap and incorrect support. It’s not worth the pain or the risk of injury that could happen. Hit the trail with confidence and focus on that backpacking trip and enjoy nature!