A wrong backpack can ruin a nice and well-planned hike/trip, therefore before you go for your next adventure or trip, kindly take time to choose the right backpack. There are several things to consider when buying a backpack. They include:
- Features and capacity– Knowing where you are going and for how long will help you know the exact size/ capacity that you need. You will need to check for features like how many pockets or compartments does the backpack have? how big is the backpack, and how much weight can it carry? You might also be interested to know if the backpack is waterproof or not.
- Fitting Comfort– To get the correct backpack fit, one has to look for a backpack that appropriately fit your torso length and not your body length. Check the padding ventilation( some backpacks allow airflow behind your back to prevent sweaty back.) While shopping always ask for help in getting the right size and weight. Try it before purchase, load it with stuff and try carrying around to test how comfortable it is.
When choosing a backpack for school or walking on lowlands for a few hours, choose a backpack that can carry water, food, and a fleece/ jacket just in case it rains. A 20L backpack would be most ideal.
When going for one day hike in the mountains, kindly get a 20 – 40 liter backpack that can carry water, midday lunch, sunglasses, sunscreen cream, additional fleece, hiking map, and camera. Decathlon has developed AIR backpacks which are lighter with ventilated back for lighter packed hikers.
When going for long hikes (3-5 nights), kindly get 50- 80 litre backpacks because they will help you carry extra clothing, warmer sleeping bags, and tents. If you are hiking with kids, the bag could also carry kid’s gear so that they can hike without the burden of carrying a lot of weight. Waterproof backpacks come in handy in such hikes because the weather up the mountain is sometimes unpredictable.
N/B. The volume in liters may vary slightly based on your size. Do not forget that an adult can carry about 25% of their body weight. Children should not carry more than 15% of their body weight so as to prevent back injuries. Decathlon pride itself in making backpacks that are well designed, durable, and well tested to properly serve all your camping or hiking needs.