BACKPACKS: What To Know Before Buying

Introduction  With the latest trends in both men’s and women’s fashion , finding clothes with real pockets is becoming, more and more, a real odyssey. If you want to be able to leave the house and transport some things comfortably, the best and safest option currently goes through a quality backpack. One of the main things in outdoor sports is […]

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Introduction 

With the latest trends in both men’s and women’s fashion , finding clothes with real pockets is becoming, more and more, a real odyssey. If you want to be able to leave the house and transport some things comfortably, the best and safest option currently goes through a quality backpack.

One of the main things in outdoor sports is backpacks, but not everyone knows how to choose a backpack . we collect the most important information that must be taken into account when buying a backpack and in addition to comparing some models.

There are endless backpacks! Of all sizes, colors and for practically all outdoor sports. But how do you choose one? First of all, you have to look at what you are going to wear . For example, if you are a climber, you have to see that the backpack has places to tie the ropes, the harness, etc. If one travels with skis, the backpack has to have a special space to carry them. If you want to take very long trips, it is important to consider weight, capacity, comfort, etc.

What do you prefer: durability or comfort?

A good backpack has a high price, since it guarantees a longer duration, however, depending on the type of use that you are going to give it, you can reduce costs and opt for something less resistant, but more comfortable. Also, make sure that the backpack has wide and padded handles that will facilitate its loading, regardless of the price or the type of backpack.

Capacity

It is the first thing to ask yourself. A good measure is the length of the trips, here a very general estimate, but it depends on what each person needs:

For weekend use, a 40-60 liter backpack is best.

To use a week, it is advisable to use a backpack of 50 to 75 liters.

For use on a longer expedition, it is recommended to use a 65 liter backpack.

Size

Not necessarily being tall means that you need a backpack size XL, what matters is the size of the torso. In general, brands have a size guide according to how much the torso measures, the problem is that each brand has its own way of measuring it. If it is not more or less your size, the weight is not well distributed on your body, it is uncomfortable and sometimes painful (the smallest backpacks come in only one size).

You have to measure your back, hopefully with help, from the C7 vertebra – by the bone that rises behind the neck when you look down – to the hip and then look for this measurement in the brand’s size guide. In any case, it is best to try the backpack in the store, hopefully with weight.

Finally, seeing that the hip belt fits well is the most important thing because 80% of the weight of the backpack should rest there. There are some backpacks that come with an interchangeable belt.

Note that there are also backpacks specially designed for women!

What weight is advisable to transport

In general, it is recommended, in order not to load your back, not to move with more than 10% of the total weight of each person. Although, depending on the type of backpack and its use, this rule may not apply exactly, especially when it comes to travel backpacks. In any case, it should never exceed the weight of the user to avoid serious injury.

What style identifies you

Yes, the visual aspect of the backpack is also very important. And, although the function of the backpack is to help keep your hands free while traveling, it is also an aesthetic complement . Choosing not only colors or patterns, but also the shape or arrangement of the different compartments, will give an image of the person who wears it. Encouraging yourself with daring designs or betting on the most classic colors and shapes is now possible thanks to the wide catalog of backpacks that we can find today. It is only a matter of, once all these little questions have been answered, choosing which is the backpack that best represents us in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

Comfort and durability versus weight

Best Backpacks are expensive and we all want them to last as long as possible, but not everyone needs the most durable backpack in the world. It depends on the use and care that is given to it. Here you have to see the priorities, in general the more comfortable and resistant, the heavier. So, you have to decide if you prefer a super light backpack or a slightly heavier and more comfortable one.

The most commonly used backpack in general is the “backpack for the backpacker”, which has a capacity of between 50 and 75 L. we decided to compare different backpacks of these characteristics. 

Another thing to consider is that many brands have the same model in different capacities, the rest of the characteristics are more or less the same.

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