9 Tips to buy a quality backpack/rucksack

The Backpack.

Backpacks represent our society’s obsession with adventure, constant movement, learning and escape.

The freedom to carry what you need while keeping your hands free has made this accessory a staple in men’s wardrobes. Whether you’re heading back to school, making the most of a weekend hike or planning to scale Mount Everest – a backpack is a practical tool for carrying your equipment.

How to buy the perfect backpack for your needs?

Backpack Buying Tip #1 – Comfort

Comfort is by far the most important factor in choosing a backpack. If it hurts your back, you’re at best not going to use it often. At worst – you could injure yourself.

The build of a backpack contributes to user comfort, especially the shape of the backside, shoulder straps and padding. Backpacks with a comfortable back panel, padded shoulder straps and an optional hip belt distribute the weight of the pack across the body.

• Adjustable and padded shoulder straps ensure the backpack sits comfortably, reducing the strain on your back.

• Contoured and padded backs follow the natural shape of your lower back adding to the comfort of carrying the bag. The shape allows for a natural arch to ensure no back pain.

• Padded hip belts remove weight from the back and shoulders and places a larger portion of the burden on the leg muscles – allowing you to carry heavier loads for longer.

Backpack Buying Tip #2 –Durability

Quality backpacks are crafted using durable materials.

Heavy-duty backpacks are generally made of ultra-strong nylon material and YKK-grade zippers and straps of nylon. Nylon and polyester are the most popular pack materials. Heavier fabrics like canvas also make durable bags that you will be using for years. Even leather works, although it can drive up the price of a bag.

The most common reasons men throw their old backpacks aside is tears on the shoulder straps, broken zippers and stitching that has come undone.

The shoulders straps are most susceptible to tears. Observe the sewing and thread material. Double stitching is preferred. Avoid carrying loads that the bag is not designed to handle. A seamstress can easily fix these tears for as little as $10.

Backpack Buying Tip #3 –Content Protection

Your backpack needs to be somewhat waterproof and requires padding to protect electronic or delicate equipment.

• Water resistant material – You may not need a 100% waterproof backpack – but a bag made from semi-waterproof materials is going to protect the contents in an emergency situation. Bags made from nylon and polyester are better options for outdoor adventures and backpacking trips.

• Padding – A padded compartment for laptops and tablets are common in backpacks. Ensure they are securely fastened to avoid your electronic equipment from jostling around in your bag.

Backpack Buying Tip #4 – Size

Finding the perfect size backpack is a matter of selecting one that is proportional to your body and that fits all the items you need to carry.

The right fit is a size appropriate for your torso length and one that has a comfortably snug grip on your hips.

• Torso length – Some packs are available in multiple sizes, from extra small to large, which fit a range of torso lengths.

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