by Diane Spicer
Backpacks 101 - sounds like the first course in a series, doesn't it?
How To Buy A Backpack
And that's exactly what this page gives you, dear reader:
Good backpacks don't just fall out of trees and hit you in the head (and thank goodness for that - OUCH).
You want not only a good backpack, but the best women's backpack for comfortable hiking.
How will that happen? (keep reading)
And because you're just learning about backpacks, you want to know how big of a backpack you need for enlarging your hiking ambitions in the future.
And if you're looking for a reliable backpacking backpack for a multiday trip?
You need to do even more comparison shopping, because the price for this pack will be higher, and you'll be using it a long, long time.
True story: I'm still using a
pack I bought 10 years ago!
If you invest in performance clothing pieces and footwear for your daily wardrobe, you'll know what I mean.
So let's get started on a strategy for hunting down your perfect backpack.
This Backpack Buyers Guide covers a few Backpacks 101 topics that you might not think about when you set out to find the perfect women's backpack:
Backpack manufacturers pride themselves on little twists and improvements on basic designs, making their product line into unique backpacks with deep brand loyalty.
But here's the secret: a backpack design needs to accomplish the same short list of objectives, regardless of who makes it!
And read this if you want to cruise your possibilities for scoring the best pack on sale.
Curious about your choices in backpack manufacturers?
Backpack manufacturers and outdoor gear companies are all competing for your business, so it's no surprise that the best backpacks share a core set of features widely known to be important to hikers.
That's why at first glance, all backpacks might look alike.
Take a second glance, and you'll see lots of differences in:
And the obvious stuff, like color and logos, of course.
If you're planning on a lot of day hiking, these specific tips are what you need before you buy.
Detailed tips on how to choose a backpacking backpack are covered here.
Here, we'll cover general Backpacks 101 tips for anyone searching for the best backpack.
If you implement them, you'll know exactly which pack, waiting for you among all of the hiking packs in the backpack store, is perfect for your unique hiking plans.
There are 4 big tips for you.
Decide whether quality or price is most important to you. There are plenty of cheap backpacks you can get at least one season out of, and that's a fact.
But if you're going to be in this hiking thing for the long haul (small backpacking joke) you should buy the highest quality pack possible.
It will provide more comfort on the trail, and be less of a financial drain on your hiking budget over time.
If you're just starting out as a hiker, don't even look at customized and ultralight backpacks.
They have a mind numbing array of custom features and they literally fit you like a glove, but they are murderously expensive.
You need a basic pack to start with, and can work your way up to one of these customized beauties over time.
It's easy to fall victim to “buyer's fatigue” unless you do your homework ahead of time, using these backpack buying tips.
There are plenty more Backpacks 101 tips to be had in here:
Never trap yourself into the “gotta have it today” corner.
If you have a backpacking trip coming up in a few months, start right now to create that short list.
You don't want to get stuck buying a less than ideal pack because you ran out of time.
There are lots of differences in a generic, basic hiking backpack, depending upon who wears it and what (s)he does in it!
And now you know how to go about finding the ideal backpack.
Now, feast your eyes on these detailed tips for choosing a backpack for all of the hikers in your life:
Click on the type of pack to get all of the details you need to know before you purchase one.
Once you purchase your pack, you might need these tips on how to pack a backpack.
And keep it organized with segmented stuff sacks.
You've graduated to Advanced Backpacks 101.
Feel free to use this CONTACT ME link to send your questions about how to buy packs.
I'd love to help you find the perfect pack!
Because your happy trail time is worth investing in, don't you agree?
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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