Alicia Craig Backpack August 08th, 2019 - 11:47:19
Of course, your backpacking adventure will fail if you don't choose the right backpack for you. If you end up with a backpack that is too small, too big, or simply uncomfortable, your trip will not be an enjoyable one. In fact, it could end up raising some safety issue alarms. That is why it is important to pay close attention to capacity, weight, comfort and durability when selecting a backpack.
Once you've decided on the type you want, you should take some time to explore the different styles. As a college student, you may want a one strap backpack (for carrying your laptop), or you may want to go the traditional route and stick with the two strap backpack. Either way, make sure the backpack you pick is functional. For example, you're not going to pick a one strap backpack if you hardly ever bring your laptop to school and you need extra space for books.
Similarly, another important consideration is proper fit of waist belt by knowing its correct size. In simpler words, the hip belt is meant for hips and not for your waist. Therefore hip belt should rest on your hipbone, not on your waist, because if it is on your waist then you will carry too much weight on your shoulder. In the same way if it is too low, it is bound to interfere with your walking. Quite frankly, both are undesirable. Ideally with a full pack on, the top edge of the waist belt should ride one inch above the top of the hip bone. Lastly, you should also pay attention to shoulder straps. These days many good quality backpacks are available in the market with adjustable shoulder straps. Backpacks with self-adjustable shoulder are regarded as top backpacks, because in these backpacks the shoulder straps can be rotated to accommodate individual neck and shoulder shapes.
When choosing a pack, choose one with a waist belt; it may not look as stylish but it will help in distributing the weight of the pack evenly across your child's back. If you start your child with a waist belt early when they're carrying a backpack it will become more of a habit for the child. Once it is established as a habit they will continue to use it and are less likely to have problems. Once they reach their teens this simple device will provide much less back and shoulder stress.
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.
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.