Backpacks have remained relatively unchanged over the years. So, either you're buying a backpack in the 1960s or a new one today, the functionality of a backpack is relatively the same regardless of its design.
Outdoors, nature, hiking, life! Of course, you love them all, but you might be surprised to learn that even though a hiking backpack is from a prestigious brand, it may not be the right one for you. Surprised right?
It's been said a whole lot of times that size is everything when it comes to ideal hiking backpacks, but how true is it?
We will discuss these beliefs and more in this article. Then, hopefully, you will be able to assemble your backpack practically and conveniently as you join your friends on the next hiking trip.
So here we go.
Before buying a backpack, here are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
Comfort: First Rule, If it doesn't feel comfortable, it won't get any better. Yes! Worst of all, you could end up hurting your back. Backpacks are likely to have padding and a ventilation system. Make sure your choice has adequate padding. You will be able to hike comfortably if you buy something comfortable. If you want to travel light, you should consider a backpack without a frame or with removable frames. For those who will be carrying heavy loads, an external frame backpack is the best. The backpack's weight should fall on your waist and not your shoulders. While most backpacks have a belt around the waist, some don't need one. The waist belt's purpose is to distribute the load evenly over the hips of those using it.
Tips: It's best to distribute your weight evenly. However, everyone is different. Adjust the clip on the hip belt strap and shoulder harness to find what works best for you. The general rule is to place 80% of your weight on your hips, 20% on your shoulders.
Durability: before purchase, grab the backpack and tug on the straps. It's not something you deliberately want to abuse, but inspecting its stitching and durability is important. How much weight can it support? Please make sure the inner seam is double-stitched with solid material at its joining. It is a sign that the product is of high quality. These details are important. Consider the climate and weather conditions you will be hiking in. Choose a suitable material. Waterproof and water-resistant are not the same thing.
Size: It refers to the actual size of the backpack, considering how it fits onto your body. Many packs are more significant in size than others, but I guess you already observed that. Some are shorter and wider, while some are more sturdy and quite long. It would be best to choose the proper sized backpack considering how much time you plan to hike each day. Also, you will have to find a way to fill it, and then it might become quite challenging to carry if you go with an oversized bag. Make sure to measure your height and length. The width is important but also is the depth. Find the size that suits your needs. Yes! Size does matter.
Style: Look for the best balance of comfort, ventilation, and organization. Consider the number of attachments you might need if you are carrying many bulky gears or supplies. You can stuff water bottles, stands, and sleeping pads in the exterior pockets. Straps can be attached to the sides of the backpack. You can use the same pack on medium and long trips without needing to purchase an additional bag. Versatility!
Cost: In hiking backpacking, you pay for what you get. Avoid cheap ones. They are often cheap for a reason than other options. You want your hiking trip to be memorable, right? I guarantee you will have positive memories if you go for a modest price. It wouldn't be fun to go on a hiking trip with friends only to have your backpack shoulder strap damaged, and you ruin the experience for everyone else. Nah! Don't be that person.
If your backpack is looking messy, zippers get stuck, or the backpack's appearance, in general, is deteriorating, then it's time for a wash. This can be done before you store all your camping gear in the winter months. A sponge, old toothbrush, and soap such or washing liquid are all you will need. You will also need a large tub to fit your bag or your bathtub.
When backpacking, safety, and fun are the most important principles. You have to be prepared and realistic about your goals.
If you have never worn boots before, don't plan on a month-long hike. Do not expect to cover fifty miles per day. Instead, plan to see fascinating animals and view and appreciate the outdoors more.
Enjoying the scenery and taking it slow will make you more aware of your experience. As a result, you'll have the best backpacking experience ever.