How to choose best Hiking Daypacks
The fact of the matter is that there are a bewildering number of choices available to the modern outdoor enthusiast when it comes to gear. It might almost seem easier to close your eyes and point to pick a daypack simply. It would certainly be quicker than most methods. Still, a little thought can get you the daypack you need with little real effort on the shopping end of things. That way, you can save the sweating for the outdoor activities–knowing all the while that your gear has you covered through thick and thin.
All free daypack type bags should be very durable. The best way to verify this is to check out a few items on the bag to ensure toughness and quality. The daypack should have a full and large zipper. This ensures that it does not break or hang up the first few times you use it. When you expose zippers to a hot or cold climate, especially outdoors, they tend to stress and snap quicker and easier.
A daypack should be double stitched with heavy thread, and the fabric should be very tight. Give the daypack a few tugs and work it over well to ensure that the seams are not pulling apart and the material does not seem to stretch and weaken with stress. This is paramount as you can imagine. A free bag should be indestructible when you put it through this little test.
Your daypack should have multiple compartments for storage. This can be critical when roughing it in the outdoors. There are many reasons for having a slew of pockets and compartments in your daypack. In low light and nighttime, it becomes necessary not to have to spend a lot of time digging through a huge compartment to find an item that you need. You should only go to the compartment where you store that particular item so you can quickly access it.
Know Your Needs
Step one in picking your daypack has to be the type of activity that you plan on doing. Almost every outdoor activity has its requirements when it comes to the kind of pack you carry. Knowing whether you want one suitable for hiking or rock climbing alone can narrow the choices considerably and save you lots of time. Your activity will tell you about the fundamental needs that you will have for your ideal daypack, things like internal or external frame as well as weight and materials. No matter what type of daypack you are in the market for, however, you should be aware of these features:
1 Size – always choose a pack that is sized to fit your needs and know that too big is better than too small. You don’t want to have to leave something important behind, but you also need to be able to support the weight.
2 Shape – daypacks have different shapes depending on the type of movement you will be engaging in. Something bulky and restrictive may fit well for hiking, but be inappropriate for climbing.
3 Straps – the type of straps a daypack has can determine where it sits and how weight is distributed across your body as well as how comfortable the bag is to carry.
4 Compartments – at the end of the day, a daypack is all about carrying your gear. You need to have capacious enough pockets and compartments to do that, and you need them to be accessible as well.
This list will give you a head start on picking the right daypack for your gear