Choosing Backpack for Hiking

Choose the ideal trekking backpack to go hiking or to make the pilgrimage to Santiago is not just a matter of identifying the best brands: for sale you can find several models of backpack for hiking, and to find the bag that suits your needs, first carefully consider theuse to which they want to do and when you will use.

A backpack for easy walks in the summer can (and should) have different characteristics than a backpack for big walk like the Globalsciencellc; a backpack for use in winter with snow must contain more material and have waterproof qualities even higher than a backpack intended for summer use.

We see therefore, depending on the use that you make of the backpack, the characteristics to be evaluated before purchasing.

How many liters should contain a backpack?

The ability of a backpack is measured in liters, but then inside a backpack for hiking there have to be clothes, food, gadgets, maps, camping equipment and everything you need just in case: the volume of all these objects is measured not in liters, hence the difficulty, if you buy the first backpack, to evaluate the right capacity for a backpack that meets your needs.

Ideally a backpack for day trips may not exceed 35 litres of capacity: a small one 15-20 liters is fine for a short walk without too much effort; from 20 to 30 litres it is a backpack to put easily all you need during a day trip (water, food, rain jacket, a guide or a book); a 35 litre rucksack can serve if in addition to transport the necessary itself you have to think even to children, who always have some need.

For excursions and walks lasting several days that include an overnight stay in shelters or in other rooms host the optimum volume of the backpack should go from 35 to 60 litres: in these cases it is necessary to bring spare clothes, spare shoes, you need for the night and waking up and everything you need to stay out of cases two or more days.

If you choose to go camping or bivouac in total autonomy over 60 litres to be sure one XXL rucksack: as the tendency to reduce size and weight can do wonders, a tent, sleeping bag, stove and you need to prepare a meal, food or water supplies in addition to those already listed above are all objects that take up space.

What form does a backpack for hiking?

The trekking backpacks are essentially elongated rectangular shape slightly boxy or more. For simple walks on tourist paths or trails (marked with T or E: here the Guide to hiking difficulty scale) might be fine even a backpack of a more compact form. If you include in the thick vegetation and inaccessible paths, or routes or sections for expert hikers we recommend a backpack of tapered shape and which develops vertically: This reduces the probability of imbalance as well as that of becoming entangled in branches or shrubs.

It is also important to know that now almost all manufacturers of technical packs include both men and women, taking into account in this case of different physical conformation: circumference of the pelvis, shoulder shape and size of the backrest.

For the same reason, you should carefully consider the length, width and placement of the shoulder straps: once you’re sure they’re padded (here guide on how to properly wear and adjust the backpack) should also fit snugly over the clavicles. The chest strap is useful for preventing the shoulder straps from slipping outside, and for large backpacks, over 40 liters, it is appropriate to ensure that there is also the lure of load straps: are the two buckles that are located between the top of the shoulder straps and the actual compartment backpack and you can adjust, ‘ downloading ‘ pressing the load off your shoulders.