How to choose a backpack for your travels?

When choosing a backpack, the range of brands and models is extensive. As in any industry, things have changed a lot in a short time. If 30 years ago, mountaineers used external frame backpacks, today, in light of the rapid progress in manufacturing techniques and materials, there are dedicated backpacks for each activity that you can do in the outdoors. Diversification of the products is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s good to bring things down to the essence, even when it comes to buying a backpack. Let us not forget that the purpose of a rucksack is to help carry things more easily, too, on the route of your choice.

From our point of view it is better to keep an eye on the following points: comfort, loading, reduced weight, freedom of movement, materials and ease of use. Check out this website dedicated to outdoors tactical gear

1. The comfort given by a rucksack is important throughout the duration of a trip, especially if you carry it on your back for a long time. The shape, thickness, possibility of adjustment, and the material from which the straps are manufactured make the backpack more or less ergonomic.

2. Loading refers to the way in which you will carry weight. If the backpack’s weight rests 100% on your shoulders, you have problems. The backpack must rest as close to your center of gravity as possible, rest on the waist, without putting a lot of pressure on the backbone, leaving the hands free for movement. A backpack should help you keep your balance, on any type of terrain. For this, before starting on the trail, you must tighten up the compression straps, attach well any external equipment you may have (that’s attached to the exterior of the rucksack), and adjust it in such a way as to support the weight on the hips and to be as close to the body, in order to have stability while walking.

3. Being lightweight is important, especially for long trips. That’s if you want to carry with you more things than an empty backpack. A backpack up to 70 liters (rucksack volume) must be under 2 kg/4.5 lbs. The lighter, the better for you.

4. The freedom of movement is given by the narrow and tall shape of the rucksack and by how well adjusted the shoulder and waist straps are. The backpack should allow you to move your arms in any direction, as easily as possible.

5.The fabric and seams of the rucksack should be resistant to wear and tear. Also, the materials should have a higher degree of waterproofing, to keep your things free from moisture in the backpack, if you go through rain.

6. The ease of use can make the difference between a pleasant getaway and one after which you want to change your backpack. The sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the rucksack, the straps for fastening the equipment on the outside, the removable or extensible cover are are just a few of the features that you need to consider when getting a backpack. It’s important to be able to reach fast to the things from the inside, and to be able to configure the backpack for each specific trip.

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