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What Are the Different Types of Backpacks to Choose From? by Kadmiel
in Travel (submitted 2012-04-20)
Today there are a lot of different styles, colors and designs to choose from when it comes to backpacks. Some of them are made for hiking while others are made for school or professional use.
There are three different types of backpacks available today from High Sierra backpacks
- Internal Frame Backpacks
- External Frame Backpacks
The packs are used mostly for a single day trip. It could be used to hike a scenic trail, ride a bike around town, or even when you are rock climbing. The advantage to day packs for these small uses is because they are very light weight. They have a several straps that hang around the shoulders and a single strap at the waist, to hold it closer to your body. If, you are doing an intensive climb, run, or hike the pack will not ride up and down your body throwing you off balance. You will see a lot of these types of day packs being used by students going from class with their books. They are not very large and average about 40 liters per volume.
External frame backpacks:
External frame backpacks have a long history of use. Originally designed back in the 1920s they are used to carry heavier loads while walking or hiking. They are not suitable for physical activities like bike riding, skiing, or climbing. The backpack is used to hold onto an external frame that is usually made of light weight compost materials. A lot of these types of packs is, great for hiking into a camping location because you can attach all of your camping gear right to the pack. The backpack includes a variety of different pockets all over the pack to organize your camping or hiking gear. The backpacks are great for carrying heavier loads because they sit near the waist. It has a higher center of gravity. This allows the pack to center the weight allowing you to carry more. If, you are in a hotter climate it also provides better air circulation between your body and pack.
Internal Frame Packs:
Internal frame backpacks are designed to hug your back when you are carrying a load. They have a clasp that enable you to adjust it to your body and make a more comfortable and snug fit. The internal frames are made with a similar composite material like the external frames. However, it is more flexible to the body to make a tighter fit. There are many different sizes of internal frame backpacks that you should take into consideration. Depending on how tall you are you want to get a backpack that fits properly. The backpack should sit on your waist because this is where the majority of the weight will be centered while wearing the pack. These packs are used when you are in need of having your arms free while hiking, biking, or climbing. They allow the wearer to get into tighter crevices and move around in a more fluid motion with the pack. The Internal frame backpacks have been known to get quite warm on peoples backs. In hot weather, this can become very uncomfortable. So, many companies like High Sierra have come up with an innovative mesh technology that allows for better air circulation between the pack and the back of the person.
The capacities of these packs can vary greatly depending on the size you get. However, when you are choosing one keep these tips in mind
Weekend trips: For a weekend trip, you want a pack that has a 40-50 liter capacity. They are able to hold everything you need for a weekend getaway.
Weeklong trips: These packs are large and can carry supplies and materials for up to one week. They are generally from 60-95 liters in capacity.
Expedition packs: these packs are just as they sound made for expeditions. Most of the time these large packs are external frame packs because of the necessary volume and weight needing to be carried. They can carry all the extra gear needed above the weeklong packs.
When choosing the best backpacks from High Sierra make sure you try them. High Sierra has a multitude of packs that are designed for both men and woman. These will have a better fit than a one size fits all, so make sure you try them all out before you buy.
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