Jackie Hodges Backpack July 10th, 2019 - 13:28:42
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.
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.
Backpacks are ideal for other situations and not just for camping and hiking, you can use them for school, college, work, laptops or simply to carry your items. You can purchase backpacks in various different colors and styles and often school children will have their favorite character on their backpack. Once you understand the backpack buying guide then you will be able to choose different ones for different situations. They are an ideal way to carry your stuff around with you and as long as you don't place too much weight in them then they can be comfortable.
A backpack is probably the most versatile and use item that everyone owns. Everyone needs a backpack, no matter what the purpose may be. Backpacks are easy to carry around, they're useful because you can fit a lot of stuff into them, and most importantly, they are made of some pretty sturdy material so they can carry hold quite a bit of weight in them. Whether you call it a backpack rucksack, or a knapsack, there is no denying that a backpack is probably one of the most useful items you are going to have in your possession.
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.
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.