Choosing a backpack that works best for you and your activity.
It's hard to believe that the wonderful summer season is slowly drawing to a close. However, with the month of September just a week away and the long, hot days of summer
slowly shrinking shorter, it seems as though fall will be here before we know it.
While saying goodbye to summer vacation and getting ready to head back to school was always the low point of the year as a child, there was always one thing that made heading back to school in the fall just a little more tolerable--brand new school accessories.
As a kid, there was nothing better than having a brand new stack of school supplies that were completely untouched and untarnished. When it came time to head to the store and pick out a brand new backpack for the upcoming year
, there was nothing more thrilling.
However, why do we have to lose this excitement simply because we will not be heading back to school this upcoming fall? Luckily, for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, the excitement of choosing a new backpack for you outdoor activity is something that has grown, not faded, over time.
With all of the colorful backpack choices and extra outdoor features, there is no shortage of excitement when it comes to choosing a new pack for your outdoor adventure
. However, just as when you were heading back to school as a child, it is important that you choose a backpack that not only works best for you and your activity, but fits you correctly.
The Importance of Backpack Fit
The single most important thing to pay attention to when choosing a backpack is the fit. Most outdoor retail stores will offer some sort of measurement device that will help you to properly size your waist and torso--the two most important factors when choosing a properly sized backpack
. Most backpacks will run anywhere from a size extra small (about 15 1/2" torso length) to a size large (20" torso length).
It's also a good idea to put some weight in a backpack before you try it on, that way you can get a good idea of how the straps will feel on your shoulders.
Choosing The Right Type of Backpack
Backpack types range from a variety of different activities and situations. However, the best way to decide which pack is best for your outdoor activity
is to determine how many days you plan on using it. If you are going on a simple day hike, a traditional backpack (40-75 liters for men, 40-65 ml for women) may work well for your needs. However, if you are heading out on an extended outing that lasts for five or more days, a specialized backpack with a capacity of 65 liters or more may work best for the trip.
No matter what type of backpack you choose, it is essential that it is comfortable and appropriate for your activity. Few things can ruin a weekend on the trails faster than a bad backpack that damages your back. However, as long as you keep in mind the simple tips mentioned above, you will be sure to choose a backpack that is a good match
on all fronts--trail, terrain or even the simple act of carrying some schoolbooks.