The single-most-important gear of any backpacking venture is…, you guessed it, your backpack. Everything that you need to take with you will be inside one. In addition, you will have to shoulder the load.


Selecting the wrong backpack can result in things being quite a challenge. Therefore, your decision should be grounded on how frequently you go on outside, the duration, and what the weather will likely be during your ventures.

Basic features

Backpacks with higher price tags do not necessarily mean that they are the best choice for your specific needs. Scrutinize the fabric for durability and determine if there are adequate compartments for storage. Is there enough room for all of your equipment such as a sleeping bag, foam pad, and more?

Crouch down and look up, try and feel for any binding or tightness. Are any of your movements restrained in any way by your potential new backpack?

Try it on

Another good way to get a feel for a backpack is to place weights inside and walk around. Take some time to compare different backpacking gear and ask for assistance. A good salesperson will assist you in fitting the backpack to your body and point out all of the straps, buckles, and other adjustable parts as well as the backpack’s strong and weak points.

Be just as meticulous when making an online purchase. Read reviews, go over the features, and look for pictures from customers.

Frameless or Framed?

Backpacks can be generally placed in two categories, framed and frameless. Both types will have their advantages and disadvantages depending on their intended usage. For this reason, the majority of salespersons are going to inquire about which one you require.

Benefits of frameless

Frameless backpacks are usually the most affordable and lighter of the two since they offer less mass. However, one major drawback is that they do not come equipped to handle heavy bulky loads. As a result, frameless options are more suitable for short light daily activities. since

Benefits of framed

Framed backpacks are available in two variations, external and internal. External framed backpacks like frameless ones can be affordable depending on the brand and offer the same features. The external frame keeps the backpack itself away from your body, therefore, lessening the possibility of trapping sweat and moisture. Additionally, Externally framed backpacks can hold bigger loads.

On the other hand, the center of gravity is a little too high and the weight is placed mostly on the hips compared to other backpack models.

Internally framed backpacks tend to be a bit more expensive, however, they are the most versatile of all backpacking gear. Unlike the external, they are able to distribute the weight load more equally throughout the hips and lower back area.

These kinds of backpacks also offer better ventilation and can adapt to the shape of your body much better. As a result, interior-framed backpacks are quickly becoming the most popular option.

Final Thoughts

Prior to you making a final decision on your backpack, check the manufacturer’s website to see if replacement parts are available. Outdoor equipment are more likely to wear out or break as a result of being exposed to the elements. Being equipped for all contingencies is part of the backpacking gear-buying process. Lastly, take some time to go over the manufactures instructions in regard to proper usage.