Tips for Hiking Newbies: How to Choose Your First Backpack
Whether you want to hike alone for miles, with a group and a guide or on a used trail familiar to hikers, one thing you shouldn’t go without is a good hiking backpack.
There are various styles of backpacks in the market, and they come in a whole range of sizes. You can tell which type of bag you need by just looking into the type of hike you’re thinking of. Doing your research, you can take stock of the things you’ll need before you actually buy a particular 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. For an overnight hike, you’ll have to bring extra items with you, so you need another type of backpack. What’s most important when buying a bag for hiking is that it’s spacious enough for all that you have to bring, and it is comfortable for you to carry. You don’t want to hike with blisters or an achy back or shoulders, and certainly not without something you knew was necessary, except your bag is too stuffed already.
When you hike, you should expect a lot of climbing; so you have to consider something which is convenient to handle while you go on those more extreme 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. As we know, there are significant differences between men and women hikers, not only in terms of what they tend to put in the bag, but also in the way they carry it. The construction of backpacks is usually based on the unique builds of men and women as their center of gravity varies. Simply put, these bags have to promote balance. For example, women’s backpacks need shoulder straps which are more curved, a shorter torso, and a hip belt that perfectly runs along the contours of their figure.
A backpack’s ideal size would be roughly 4,000 cubic inches – just enough for regular 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 when making choices.
Finally, hiking backpacks will set you back around $20 as the minimum or up to $400 or even more. However, you must never buy anything just because of pricing issues alone. You have to remember quality above all, though of course, you should get something that is priced reasonably.