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Posted by Brian Hughes on 4/12/2011
If you are going backpacking, you probably haven’t thought much about the actual backpack you will use, right? After all, it’s just a bag; why not just use that worn old backpack you carried in college that sits in the back of your closet? You could do that, but you probably won’t do it again after your first trip. Ill-fitting backpacks might not seem like a big deal at first, but after carrying one for several miles, it will, especially, if you end up with damage to your back or hips.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a backpack.
Contents: Most campers carry the basics and a few comfort items, some minimalists take only the basics, and some people pack like they are going for a month-long trip to Europe. Case in point: I will never forget the day a friend of mine and I decided to short trip to a state park. Our plan was simply to do some hiking. I filled my backpack with only the basics and as I often do, brought along a camera to take some pictures. My friend, on the other hand, had different ideas. His bag was full of everything you can imagine, most of which I had no idea where or how he planned to use it out in the middle of the woods. So you see, there is no specific set of rules about what a camper will be carrying. This is something that is up to the individual and will have a huge impact on the size of bag you need to purchase. Just remember, you will be carrying it for long distances.
Comfort: The reason you carry a backpack is so that you can carry all of your stuff without it being a burden. If your backpack is uncomfortable, it is still a burden. Never buy a backpack without trying it on first. Most stores will have sand weights to help you determine how the backpack holds and distributes weight. Make sure the shoulder straps and hip belts aren’t restrictive – trying moving around a bit while wearing the backpack in the store. Generally, a good backpack will carry 30% of the weight in the shoulder straps, while 70% is carried in the much stronger hip area.
Frames: Backpacks generally have two different types of frames: external and internal. Each one has its pros and cons. The external frame is great for Novices because it’s easy to pack. Unfortunately, they are a bit stiffer and more restrictive, so if you are hiking on a hard trail, you may want to opt for an internal frame. Internal frames are slimmer and hug your body closer, making them easy to maneuver with and limiting restraint.
Extra features: What we have gone over here just scratches the surface when it comes to back packs, but again, it is generally up to the individual and what they need for their trip. Most backpacks come with extra features, including weather sheets, rings, and snap-on devices for carrying accessories.
Welcome to the
Choosing the Right Tent
Camping During the Warm and Cold Seasons
Pros and Cons of Different Types of Camping
Savings of Up to $110 on Equipment for Hiking, Outdoor Cooking, Kayaking & Camping
Choosing the Right Backpack
Be Smart and Stay in Touch
Camping in the transitional seasons
Tuckerman Ravine avalanche caught on video this weekend—thankfully no one was injured.
Nippo is part of a statewide bobcat study.
Putting Together a First Aid Kit
Ever walk the Appalachian Trail? Or want to?
Choosing the Right Apparel
Camping during the Winter
Plant a Tree Today
Seek the Peak Hike-A-Thon
Enjoy the Winter Safely!
The Best Snow Adventures Means the Right Snowshoes and Cleats
What to Look For In Boots and Gaiters
Trekking Poles Are A Standard Necessity
Instruments and Optics are an Important Part of Outdoor Adventures
A chance to get some dirt under my feet.
The Importance of Tools and Knives
Going up Mt Major in Southern New Hampshire
Making the Right Camp Cooking Choices