If you’ve suddenly begun to love adventuring or admired a backpack with people, there is a high chance that you’re considering investing in a good one. Even though a backpack embodies everything in an adventurer’s tool kit, it doesn’t have to only be used by adventurers. Other people can benefit from its goodness.
As a beginner, choosing a backpack can be difficult and intimidating. This is because there are so many models and brands out there creating variants of backpacks that are fairly technical, and the jargon on the description is enough to make you scream for help. You can see a canvas backpack for sale and you won’t know if it’s the right fit.
But you don’t have to reach that stage as this article will show you the things to look out for when purchasing a backpack, so you never have to shop for one blindly again.
Let’s delve in.
Features to consider when buying a backpack
1. What will you use it for?
This is a major determining backpack purchase factor. You need to know exactly what you’ll be using it for, before planning the specifications. What type of excursions do you go out for?
For instance, if you’re going for an excursion in a wilderness or National Forest, you should consider buying something heavy and large that can accommodate all your needs. But if you’re going for long-distance hikes, you definitely need something lighter.
Furthermore, if you’re going to a place where you might likely encounter warm weather, then you should consider a pack with enough ventilation for your pack. In winter also, a well-ventilated backpack will keep you safe from humidity.
2. What basics do you want?
You have to do your homework, understand backpack designs, and find out the features that are suitable for you. For instance, internal frame packs distribute loads more evenly and are custom-fit, while internal frame packs give room for more ventilation. Multiple external pockets are great for organizing and rearranging your gear.
You should also look for backpacks with hydration reservoirs, that allows you to drink from a tube when hiking. You should also consider the volume. For 4 to 5 nights, about 50 to 70 liters is suitable.
3. Get the right size
This is super important. It’s as important as getting the right size for your shoe or trousers. As a beginner, the best way to go about this is to choose your model and style first, then get the salesperson to measure from your hips to the neck’s base.
Note that some manufacturers add waist belts and shoulder straps to help users fine-tune the packs.
4. Go to an outdoor specialty store
There is nothing wrong with buying a backpack online. It saves you time and it’s extremely convenient. But if you’re a beginner, it’s best you buy from a physical store, and not just any physical store, but an outdoor specialty store.
Why is this important?
Outdoor specialty stores have the latest equipment and gear available in the market and trained staff to help new users find the right backpacks (and other gears). Just let them know the number of trips you’ll be taking and the condition of that environment. They’ll make the best choice for you.