How to Choose a Backpack?

The bags have evolved so much in recent years and there are so many models at our disposal, we compiled these tips for use to facilitate its work, in choosing the better you will do.

How to Choose a Backpack

Everyday backpacks

  • Look for bags ranging from 10, 15 to 35, 40 litres.
  • Look for one with several pockets. It is a way to keep sunglasses, cameras and maps away from food and water.
  • The best backpacks are those that have a Panel on the back, to protect your back and leave some free space for ventilation.
  • Hydration backpacks (see Hidrat, ref.) are an increasingly popular alternative to a day’s walk or pedal stroke.
  • Padded shoulder straps are not very common but quite useful if the backpack is the weight a little above indicated.
  • Built-in raincoat is always a great option!
  • Of course there is the option of color, format etc. But it is with you …

Outdoor backpacks

  • Look for backpacks between 40 and 60 liters.
  • If you are hiking, look for the largest. For short walks, the smallest ever serve. But remember, if it is too heavy, its ability to weight distribution must be compatible, that is, want to put a backpack without barrigueira full of all the material necessary for a night camping outdoors. Who’s going to suffer is you!
  • Look for bags that fit to your body. This means barrigueiras to close at your waist and have enough tape to tighten even further (without getting off! After all, that’s where you will bear much of the weight). And handles that are adjustable, or follow its distance between the shoulder and hips, where should be your barrigueira.
  • Backpacks with inner frames are more comfortable than their sisters with external frames.
  • Handles and padded barrigueira are already beginning to be almost fundamental.
  • The little pocket, built-in raincoat and tapes for you compress and store material is always helpful.
  • Many deliver output to special local and hydration hose to the canteen. Are increasingly used and always very efficient, since you don’t have to stop exercising to hydrate.

Cargo backpacks

  • Something between 60 and 90 litres is what you’ll find with this name.
  • More than the amount of equipment you want to load, you need to know what you can download! Remember that a person accustomed to hiking trails and is well prepared physically must carry, at most, 1/3 of their weight. Little preparation? Down to .25. Without preparation or no experience? 1/5 and that’s that!
  • Even so, some things need to go into the bag, if you want to spend a night outdoors, or several. Tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, stove, Cookware etc.
  • Look for bags that are your size or adjustments in the back to adjust the distance between the shoulders and hips.
  • Handles, barrigueira and padded backs are fundamental. You carry a lot of weight for long hours and have to wear something comfortable.
  • The little pocket, built-in raincoat and tapes for you compress and store material outside is very important.
  • Here too many offer output to hydration hose and special place to the canteen. Are increasingly used and always very efficient, since you don’t have to stop exercising to hydrate.

Hydration backpacks

  • Will ride? Don’t even think twice. This is the ideal bag for a day on top of the bike.
  • They always have room for some fundamental things, like flashlight, anorak, documents, mobile phones, a snack etc.
  • These bags also work great for short days in the mountains. Are light and functional, but be sure to take the items mentioned above.

More tips:

  • Normally, the fabric used to make the bags are nylon or Nylon canvas. Are usually treated to repel water, but are not waterproofed. Take care during rains, because they can soak your equipment.
  • Always look for a backpack that fits, that serve to you or you have adjustments to make her serve.
  • Watch the tapes located on top of the handles. These tapes are made to bring the top of the bag to your body, to improve balance. These tapes and barrigueira are essential for your comfort.
  • Filling of the handles, back and barrigueira made with firm, dense foams, best support. Softer density foam end up being softer but also may be less comfortable after long hours.
  • Most backpacks-cargo has opening up and ahead, on the bottom, facilitating access to equipment located at the bottom of the bag. Compartments that separate the bottom of the rest may be functional, but they’re not fundamental – depending on your way of using a freighter, also may complicate your life, time to put it together.
  • When you’re guarding something on the sides of the bags or even on the front, like walking sticks, tent rods, the thermal insulation or even the sobreteto of the tent, make sure that the tape is tight and you don’t run the risk of losing equipment, attached to a tree branch or simply fall by the wayside.
  • Internal Frames are made to transfer the weight of the load. Typically, they are composed of two aluminum rods and a semi rigid plastic Board.