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February 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 120

When it comes to choosing the best backpacking pack, aspiring backpackers must first assess their needs and preferences. As with any activity, having the right gear goes a long way toward making the experience enjoyable. Considering pack size, features, and fit will help ensure the right choice for years of backpacking fun.

Years ago, backpacks were made up of bags attached to a ladder-like frame. Today, most are of the internal-frame style, where the supporting framework is inside the bag. These hold the load closer to the body and are more stable. Almost all packs also have suspension systems made up of the shoulder straps, a padded hip belt, a sternum strap, and load-lifter straps; this system helps place the weight of the load in the most comfortable position.

Backpacking packs come in various capacities to suit the amount of gear. Daypacks are sized to carry the minimum essentials for a safe day of hiking, though experienced hikers can pack enough in them for a two-day trip. For trips from two to four days, a larger pack of up to 4200 cubic inches will serve you well. Longer trips, and those in inclement weather, may require a pack with more capacity. Determine the amount of gear you will need to carry and look for a pack of the appropriate size.

The features you want in a hiking backpack are an individual preference. The packbag itself may be a sturdy nylon packcloth or a much lighter, though less durable, silicone-coated nylon. The style of the bag may be top-loading, which requires you to pack everything from the top, or it may also have a zippered front panel to provide easier access to your gear.

The top pocket lid of a pack is handy for holding smaller items that are needed frequently. Some of them are detachable so you can use them as a waistpack for trips from base camp or leave them at home altogether to make the pack lighter.

The backpacking pack should have a means of carrying water. Most packs these days have a sleeve inside to hold a hydration bladder plus pockets on the outside for water bottles. A handy feature to have is numerous attachment points. With these you can attach gear to the outside of your pack if necessary. The importance of all these features is up to you.

Most important of all in choosing a hiking backpack is the fit. An ill-fitting pack can ruin a hike, and perhaps discourage a hiker from ever trying it again. First find your torso length, measured from the vertebrae at the base of the neck to a point level with the top of the hipbones. Then start trying on packs that have that measurement in their range. Most packs are adjustable to an extent, although some lighter models may have a fixed suspension.

Women are proportioned differently than men, so they have additional points to consider when finding a backpack that fits. Their torsos are shorter, and their bodies curve in at the waist. They will need to look for a hip belt that hugs the curve at the hip. Women's shoulders are narrower so the shoulder straps must be set in to avoid slipping. However, the straps must also curved to fit around the bust.

The best backpacking pack will have the features you want and will fit well enough to carry the load comfortably. An adjustable suspension and plenty of easily accessible storage compartments will make your pack a joy to use. Spend the time to choose the right pack, and it will serve you on the trail for many years to come.

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