What to Look for When Buying a Backpack

In any excursion or tour in the mountains and we need a backpack to carry the essentials that can serve as suitable clothing to the location and season, food and drink, you need to find your way (map and compass), and a first aid kit. Of course you’re going away for several days must be the biggest backpack. We would like to help you in the choice of the backpack that suits you by listing the basic features.


According to the bag inventor, the ability of a backpack is measured in liters. For day trips usually simply a backpack up to 30 litres, if you want to make a trip to shelters for several days you will need to arm yourself with a backpack with 40/50 litres volume around, if you want to spend nights in tents sleeping on amattress, and a stove for cooking, then we will need a backpack of at least 60 liters.


What characteristics should a backpack? First, a good system, that will allow you to leave your back and breathe the air. The shoulder straps should be padded so as not to weigh too much on his shoulders. The ventral strap is a key element that has revolutionized the way people use the backpack, you have indeed put on hips, unloading much of the weight on the pelvis. If the backpack comes with adjustable chest strap is even better, because it’s a further help to keep it stable. The form has its own importance. If you face a via ferrata climbing or where there are passages quite tight and rock fireplaces you will need to choose a backpack rather slender and streamlined, so it stays tight to the body and no hassle.

Keep in mind also that some models of backpack designed specifically for women. Developed for the female anatomy through innovative and specific systems, shoulder straps, chest strap and ventral ridges that fit perfectly to body contours.

Not to forget our little hikers who have the ability to choose many fantastic colorful backpacks and with everything you need!


There are other useful things to keep in mind in a backpack such as external pockets, elastic or maybe on the net where you can put a water bottle so that it is always at hand.
Many backpacks have different fixing systems, etc., whose function is well defined: there are leads and leashes or pole holder, compression straps, webbing on the location or the mat, strap on the location of climbing rope, and so on.
In most cases also have side compression straps that are used to hold the backpack tightly compact.
No less important is the waterproof bag covers, normally built into a Pocket, where rain is retrieved quickly to protect the backpack and its contents.


If you want to purchase a backpack again to tackle demanding as racing performance rather in the mountains, excursions by bike or simply because you are uncomfortable removing the backpack whenever you need to drink, there are backpacks with or designed to accommodate acamel bag: a sort of long flexible pouch provided with mouthpiece that once filled with water or isotonic drinks, let you drink while you walk or run.