A Guide to Backpacks
The backpack is still the most versatile of all luggage solutions. The right pack is light, comfortable, and spreads the weight between your back, hips and shoulders, ensuring backpacks are a safe solution even when carried over long periods.
Finding the right backpack for your purposes is not easy. The first consideration is, of course, selecting which capacity is best for you. It sounds obvious, but the right size is the smallest which can accommodate the greatest amount of kit required on a trek. This will often include food and water, equipment as well as clothes and, usually, a tent.
The next important consideration is the type of frame to choose. Internal frames have become the norm, but external framed packs are still great for certain types of application. In hotter climates particularly, they come into their own.
Internal frames benefit from a closer fit, and enable the perfect set up for your height and torso length. Adjustable shoulder straps, hip belt and torso straps, on a good backpack, should mould the pack to your particular body shape, representing the best way to carry heavy loads over rough terrain.
Hip and waist packs, made by the likes of Kosi, are very comfortable to carry and offer great additional storage.
Similarly a lumbar pack, such as the North Face`s Photon Pack, perhaps even more suited to serious outdoor adventure pursuits, is a great addition to your kit.
After ensuring your kit stays dry and protected, don`t forget about yourself! Waterproof boots, lightweight, layered clothes, available from Berghaus or North Face in the UK, and a waterproof jacket will ensure safety whatever the weather.
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