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How To Choose a Backpack Part 1

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  • January 7, 2019
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CHOOSE A CAPACITY

How Long? How Far? How Much Gear?

The quickest way to narrow the search scope of a Pack is to determine a good estimate of the package size or carrying capacity. The biggest determinant of the carrying capacity is the length of the trip. The longer you go out in a remote area, the more supplies you need. Another deciding factor is if you carry a zebra bean bag chair. Your supplies depend largely on your camping habits. Some people can enjoy the least luxury and limited food choices. Others love food and many extra comforts such as chairs and hammocks. This is a small chart with some general capacity estimates based on the length of the run.

Overnight: 30 – 40 liters
Weekend: 35 – 55 liters
Multi-day: 45 – 70 liters
Extended: 60+ liters

These numbers will also vary depending on the event and season. If you are heading to winter hiking or alpine climbing, you will be carrying a higher tent and a low temperature sleeping bag. If you want to exercise more than 15 miles per day in the summer, you may want to shoot the lower end of the capacity range and hope to reduce the equipment. If you are going to the moon, I think weight is not even a factor. Gravity is small, right? Get the largest package and load it. I am not a space scientist, but I am pretty sure how it works. After you have completed the rest of the equipment, it is a safe choice to purchase the final packaging so you can be sure to find the right packaging.

PACK’S FRAME TYPES

Internal Frames Offer Comfort That Is Hard to Beat.

There are three basic types of packages that differ in their frame types: internal, external, and frameless. The purpose of the packaging frame is to give your packaging structure and guide your weight to your hips. They all did this in a slightly different way and achieved varying degrees of success. Picking the right one is like a blonde girl trying to pick a porridge; I will give you a hint: for most travel, the internal frame packaging is correct.

Frameless Packs can only be used for ultralight hiking. Without a frame, they are rated for no more than 20-25 pounds. They usually require very careful packaging, even rolled up foam sleeping pads to ensure proper weight distribution. That being said, if you are considering some long journeys, this is definitely the choice you should consider. Frameless backpack are like rimless glasses. Only get one if you really know what you’re doing.

Internal Frame backpacks are the best choice for almost any type of backpack, and unless you are looking for very specific features, it will be the type of packaging you are looking for. Suspension and ventilation technology has developed steadily over the years, and the internal frame on the packaging has now surpassed the market space 10 years ago.

External Frame backpacks used to be the only choice for carrying heavy objects, but they were almost completely phased out. They may still find some utilization needs, such as carrying large, oddly shaped loads. Just as you need to bring a giant plush tiger to a wild campsite, maybe an external frame group can do the job.

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