Alicia Craig Backpack August 29th, 2019 - 12:49:12
A properly fitted, well-designed, and durable backpack is going to be the best available choice for avoiding any discomfort, pain, or even possible long-term injury to your child. The experts at the American Physical Therapy Association have been studying backpack for years. Through their research, the APTA has discovered the main things that make a good backpack. Properly designed and well-padded shoulder straps, load stabilizing adjustable straps, a waist belt to place more weight on the hips and off of the shoulders/back, and several internal compartments to divide the load more evenly.
First, it is important to note that backpacks can be grouped into four different categories - frameless (your typical backpack for college), external frame (hiking, camping), internal frame (hiking, skiing, sports), and the body pack (overnight camping, long trips). As I mentioned, the frameless style is your best bet for the college lifestyle. These backpacks are usually constructed using synthetic materials and are much cheaper than the other three types.
Every member of the family can use a backpack for their activities and because they are often tough and durable you will have the same one for many years. They are an ideal item for the kids to use for school and after school activities. Finding the right backpack is easy to do and every member of the family will be happy with theirs.
By selecting a light weight backpack that fits properly, has padding in the back, has two wide padded shoulder straps, with compartments, and a waist strap, you are ensuring your child the most comfortable fit possible.
When carrying more weight or traveling longer distances, you will need a backpack with a frame. Hiking backpacks usually have an external frame, made of a lightweight metal such as scandium or titanium alloys. The body of the backpack is cloth attached to the frame. This frame supports the weight of the pack and then distributes the weight across your hips for a more ergonomically correct fit. Backpacks with internal frames are a recent innovation. The concept is simple: a metal or plastic frame is sewn into the backpack for built-in support. Plastic strips follow the shape of your back for a better fit. Additional metal components may reinforce the frame. And when you go exploring in an urban setting, backpacks make perfect lightweight and convenient luggage. Backpacking across Europe is a popular pastime for older teens and young adults. When weight is distributed properly, you can carry your backpack long distances without back pain or muscle strain.
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.