Alana Kennedy Backpack July 31st, 2019 - 12:40:08
Another thing to consider is something many tend to overlook: comfort! There is no shame in being as comfortable as you can when backpacking. In fact, comfort can increase the level of enjoyment when hiking the great outdoors. Before purchasing your backpack, make sure to try on several different styles. Don't limit yourself to a particular backpack simply on the basis of what others say. Keep in mind: you will most likely be wearing your backpack for long periods of time. This being the case, it is vital that you choose just the right backpack that will be the most comfortable and still designed to carry all the gear you will need for the trip.
Next important point can be to purchase adjustable backpacks. Nowadays market is full of good quality adjustable backpacks. No doubt, adjustable back systems are great, but will cost you a bit extra than your bulk standard pack. Actually, adjustable backpacks will allow you to set the height and weight of the pack in the perfect position on your back. Either you can set it yourself or ask your friend or salesperson to adjust and fit your pack on your back by sliding it up and down until you are comfortable. So, when you feel it is right, you lock it off.
If my three hours was any indication, buying a good backpack is not an easy task. With hundreds of backpack manufacturers and styles, it can understandably be overwhelming. Whatever you do, don't go cheap. You'll be doing yourself a disservice and end up buying a new one anyways. A good backpack is an investment. You needn't spend $500 on a backpack, but be wary of cheap, no-frills, run of the mill $70 brands, as you'll regret the design flaws and absence of extras. Spend a little more for a good backpack from a trusted brand, and it will be your companion for many trips to come. The Osprey pack I eventually settled on has traveled with me from the U.S to the Middle East for 10 awesome years and I know it has another good 10 years to go.
Backpacks also come with a lot of different compartments. If you go on a longer hiking trip you may want to have a compartment for a handheld gps, or for your cell phone that is easily accessible. If you carry your tent and sleeping bag along you may want to look at easy storage compartments that are accessible through zippers on top and bottom of your backpack. This comes in handy when you need an item that is stored on the bottom of your backpack so you don't need to empty the whole backpack to get to it, but simply open the bottom zippers. When you are hiking in a more challenging dry, hot environment you may want to look for an outdoor backpack that has a hydration pack included. This is a build in water tank that enables you to drink out of a attached water tube without using your hands or holding a water bottle. Also a good backpack for mountain biking or other sports activities.
Make sure your backpack comes with several compartments for pencils, and assorted small items so they can be easily found and replaced as they are used. These compartments not only help your child stay organized but they also pad the sharpness of these items in the backpack.
When deciding what backpack you want to buy you have to consider several different things as there are so many different ones available on the market. You will have to look at a backpack buying guide and research all of the different backpacks to get an idea of what you need and want. Deciding what you want your backpack for is essential and how much weight it will need to carry has to be considered. Hiking backpacks are one of the most bought backpacks and if this is the style you are looking for then you will need to narrow down your search.