If you intend to do a lot of hiking or walking in the spring / summer, it is important that you buy the right equipment yourself. Along with good boots you also need to get a good backpack to carry gear, tents and sleeping bags if you intend to go away for a few days and some extra clothes. But because there are so many different types of backpacks to choose from, choosing the right one for you can prove a bit of a challenge.
So below we offer a few pointers that you should keep in mind when you choose the backpack you want.
1. What will you carry in your possession?
It is important for you to sit down and think about what you will put in yourself. By knowing what you will carry in your possession, you can decide on the size of backpack that you will need. It is important that you do not go for large sizes because you might find yourself accidentally putting more in what is really needed and thus increasing the weight you will carry. Also don’t think that going for a smaller size is a better choice because being cheaper only means that you have to secure more of your equipment outside.
2. Fits well on your back
You need to make sure that the one you go fits well on your back. If you can try out several different types that you are thinking of purchasing with some weight included inside. If you can put in the same amount of weight that you would expect to be carrying in yours when out and about.
3. The straps all provide support to your body
When trying them out make sure that the straps all provide support to your body and help to ensure that the weight inside is distributed evenly. Then spend some time in the store trying the rucksack out. You must do the following leaning forward and backward to make sure that the weight stays evenly in it along with swaying from side to side. If you find that it starts moving then this can cause your balance to be flung.
It’s also a good idea to walk around the store a few times including going up and down stairs to see if the weight inside is evenly distributed. Plus you will immediately become aware if there will be a problem which, although it may be only small at the moment, becomes a very big problem when using it for a long time.
4. The Straps on The Backpack that they have a sufficient but strong amount of cushioning
Look carefully at the straps on the backpack making sure that they have a sufficient but strong amount of cushioning. Plus look for those that will ensure that the pack remains in the central part of your back so helping you to remain well balanced. They should fit snug to your body but still allow plenty of movement to your arms and upper body.
5. The rucksacks that they come with a good hip belt
When it comes to rucksacks make sure that they come with a good hip belt which is what will be bearing the main weight of what is carried in them. This will not only help to ensure that when you are carrying yours it feels comfortable but is also helping to ensure the strain being placed on your back when wearing it for sometime is reduced.