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Hiking Tips: Buying 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 plenty of styles of backpacks available, which you can buy in different sizes. Depending on the type of hike you’re thinking of, you can pretty much determine what bag would be most useful to you. 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. If you’re hiking overnight, you’re going to need more extra items with you, so you should get a different type of backpack. What’s most important when selecting a hiking bag is that it’s comfortable and has enough space for everything you need. 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. Having plenty of compartments for all the small stuff would be handy, and you’ll be happy to learn that backpacks are made specifically for males as well as for females. We all know how men and women can be so different, not just in the things they are probably going to bring with them, but also in how they carry their bags. The construction of backpacks is usually based on the unique builds of men and women as their center of gravity varies. In simple terms, these bags should promote balance. Women’s backpacks’ shoulder straps, for example, must be more curvy, and have a shorter torso and a hip belt that is perfectly contoured for their body shape.

The ideal size for a backpack would be about 4,000 cubic inches, which is normally large enough for typical hikers. A bag that is light and versatile will be perfect for anyone, whatever their gender or size; and for hikes of any level of difficulty or duration. If you do some honest-to-goodness research and planning, you can decide better as you go inside a shop and choose from among the different products they have on display, the various styles and sizes they come in. 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, never make a purchase based on price alone. You have to remember quality above all, though of course, you should get something that is priced reasonably.