Tips for Hiking Newbies: How to Choose Your First Backpack
Whether you plan to walk on a well-used trail that is popular among hikers, go on a planned trip with a group and guide, or you intend to take a more serious hike for miles and miles, you need a good hiking backpack.
There are various styles of backpacks in the market, and they come in a whole range of sizes. Just by considering the type of hike you are going on, you can determine the best type of bag you should have. Doing your homework, you can assess your needs prior to actually choosing a specific backpack. If you are simply thinking of a walk during daytime, your bag just has to be big enough for some snacks and drinks, a small first aid kit for accidents, sunscreen and insecticide (if necessary), and other basic necessities. If you’re hiking overnight, you’re going to need more extra items with you, so you should get a different type of backpack. When buying a hiking bag, what’s most important is that it’s comfortable enough to carry and has enough space for all that you need to bring. You don’t want to hike with a sore back or shoulders, or without something you knew you needed, except your bag was full already.
Hiking usually involves a lot of climbing, so you also have to consider something which is convenient enough for you to carry on those more challenging climbs. It would be handy to have several compartments for all those little items you have to carry, and you will find that there are backpacks specially made for males and females. We all know that men and women are different, not just in the things they are likely to put in the bag, but also in the very manner by which they carry it. Backpacks are usually constructed for the unique builds of men and women, with respect to the changes in their center of gravity. Simply put, these bags have to promote balance. For instance, the shoulder straps of a woman’s backpack should be more curvy; and have a shorter torso and a hip belt that is well-contoured for their body shape.
Ideally, a backpack should be around 4,000 cubic inches, which is often huge enough for most hikers. A light and versatile bag would be great for anyone, no matter their size or gender; and also for hikes of varying difficulty levels and duration. With research and planning, you can make better decisions more easily when you go into a store and see all the different products on display, the different styles and sizes. Be smart with every choice you make.
Finally, hiking backpacks cost anywhere from as cheap as $20 to as expensive as $400 or even greater. However, never make a purchase based on price alone. Before anything, you need to look into quality, though you should still find something with a reasonable price tag.