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When Enthusiasts Decide Upon A Rambling Backpack

By Toby Miller

To select a hiking backpack for longer trips involving a number of overnight stops generally involves a different set of criteria. Every individual will still base their personal choice on past experience, but the availability of sleeping bags, tents, and cooking equipment in ultra light yet strong, durable materials has made the selection process far simpler than it once was.

There are a number of basic criteria which one needs to consider. These will generally depend on one’s personal requirements, the most important of which is the capacity of the backpack and its size and weight.

Tall people (especially those of an appropriately physical build) at one time found it difficult to purchase equipment which was comfortable to use for its intended purpose. This is no longer the case, and the same applies to people of a small stature, whose choices regarding backpacking equipment were even more limited.

A combination of modern technology and careful research have makes it possible to come up with a range of models in lightweight materials without compromising on their strength and durability. The adjustable elements include redistributing the overall load to suit the individual bearer’s personal dimensions and can be altered to take account of exactly where and when you will be using it.

The most popular models are based on a “H” frame. This makes it possible to pack with heavier items towards the top, avoiding the ‘drag’ which was an inevitable consequence of the older “D” framed ‘Commando’ style rucsacs which were constructed in such a way that you were obliged to put the larger (and therefore heavier) items in first, in the wider (lower) part of the pack.

Part of the decision making process has to be a consideration of what you intend the pack to contain. This might sound obvious, but every Scout Leader will recall the new boy who turns up for a day trip carrying a (brand new) pack big enough for him to sleep in: and to make matters worse, a well-intentioned Mumsy will usually have sent him off with enough ‘snacks’ to feed the entire troop for a fortnight!

An answer is to be found in a variety of Daypacks available for the purpose. These are smaller, and there is no room for items such as tents and sleeping bags, not needed on day trips. Basic survival equipment is the order of the day, and certain items needed for an overnight stop can be omitted.

The individual still has a certain amount of choice when considering the contents of the smaller daypack model, but a degree of ruthlessness is often necessary. A basic first aid kit ought to be the first item on the packing list, though the actual contents of this may need to be adjusted depending on the type of activities planned during the day. The experienced hiker will automatically add extra socks and a towel: there’s nothing worse than getting wet! A whistle, a knife, some form of energy bars or similar ‘emergency’ food should fit comfortably in a day pack.

Longer trips involving a number of overnight stops are governed by a different set of criteria. Every individual will still base their personal choice on past experience, but the availability of sleeping bags, tents, and cooking equipment in ultra light yet strong, durable materials has made the selection process far simpler than it once was.

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Miller, Toby "When Enthusiasts Decide Upon A Rambling Backpack." When Enthusiasts Decide Upon A Rambling Backpack. 26 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 3 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/recreation-and-sports/when-enthusiasts-decide-upon-a-rambling-backpack/>.

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