How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Outdoors
If you’re starting to plan your first outdoor adventures, one of the most important things you will need is a good backpack. Here are some tips to help you succeed in your journey.
Weekend (1 to 3 nights – 30 to 50 liters)
For a 1 to 3-night trip, the capacity of 30 to 50L is perfect so as to keep your gear light and less bulky.
Multiday (3 to 5 nights – 50 to 80 liters)
Having a medium range capacity, this bag is the most popular and is a perfect choice for a warm-weather trip lasting for more than 3 days. These are also ideal for day trips, back-country skiing and even 2-night trips.
Extended Trip (5+ nights – 70 or more liters)
These are the most preferred choices:
• Adults who have children with them. A lot of kids gear can be packed in this.
• Winter treks lasting for more than 1 night because it can accommodate extra clothing, warm clothes, a sleeping bag and a 4-season tent.
Internal Frame: Majority of backpacks preferred today have the body-hugging internal frame that keeps the hiker stable on off-trail and uneven terrain.
External Frame: For a heavy, irregular load, such as an inflatable kayak, external frame backpack is perfect.
Frameless: This is perfect for hikers who want ultralight gear so as to walk and climb fast.
Packs that have suspended mesh back panel (a.k.a. tension-mesh suspension) provide more ventilation and save your back from sweating. Here the pack rests against the mesh rather than your back. Some packs provide ventilation “chimneys” built into back panels and promote airflow thus preventing sweating.
Top-loading Openings: Here you can tuck items that you won’t need until the end of the day deep inside.
Panel Access: Here you have a zippered front panel with which you can open the full interior which makes it easier to access items kept deep inside the pack.
Elasticized Side Pockets: Flat when empty, but stretch out to hold items.
Hipbelt Pockets: These are for keeping small items that can be accessed quickly.
Shovel Pockets: Flaps stitched on the front of the pack with a buckle closure, meant originally for holding a snow shovel, but today used for holding a jacket, map or any lightweight, loose item.
Plus, there are many features like a top lid, compartment for a sleeping bag, padding, rain-cover and more.
Check the features and decide which ones will be useful for you the most and choose your perfect backpack for outdoors.