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 /// TRAVEL ADVICE

WHICH BACKPACK?

How to plan your Adventure

Helping you kick start your planning for your adventure

// TRAVEL ADVICE - WHICH BACKPACK

With so many designs, sizes and features, picking the right backpack or travel pack for your adventure can get confusing.

To help clear things up, let us give you some pro tips on what to look for and how to choose the right backpack for your trip by selecting your adventure below!

1. DAY HIKING

Gregory Pack - MAYA22 
A perfect day backpack with lots of great features

For the odd day hiking an ideal backpack will be compact, ventilated and comfortable. Our recommended features and capacity:

  • 10-30L. Somewhere within this range should be just right enough to contain your daily items

  • Lash Points. Great for attaching lights and trekking poles

  • Mesh & Accessory Pockets. Ideal as a quick access area for water bottles and accessories

  • Compression Straps. By reducing the size of your backpack down you will have better stability and manoeuvrability

  • Padded and Adjustable Hip belts and Shoulder Straps.

  • Hip belt Pockets. Great for quick access to cameras or phones

  • Hydration Sleeve. Quite simply for your hydration system to fit in

  • Good Ventilation. A well ventilated lumber pad and harness, as well as the frame will allow for great flow-through ventilation and comfort

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2. TRAIL RUNNING

Ridge running and pacing out paths requires a whole different structured backpack than those casually hiking. To ensure you’re able to move with ease and bounce you’re way across craggy terrains, you’ll need an exceptional fit, flexibility and support.

 

Recommended Features and Capacities:

  • 10 – 24L. Minimalist packing is generally required for this kind of activity but these sizes will allow you to carry your day to day items.

  • Flexibility and Shock Absorption. For active, fast paced activities, flexible connectors joining the shoulder straps and hip belts are ideal. Mimicking your body motion independently from your pack will prevent rubbing and unnecessary discomfort whilst keeping you stable and free.

  • Safety Light Lash. An area to secure a safety light to ensure you are visible and safe during your trail.

  • External Pockets and Hip Belt Pockets. For quick access to accessories.

  • Helmet Pocket. If you’re planning on using a helmet, a great feature to look for is an exterior helmet pocket to store and release your helmet with ease.

  • Sunglasses Stash. Going from cloudy to sunshine and rainbows in minutes, a stash on your shoulder harness allows quick access to your shades!

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Gregory Pack - MAYA22 
A perfect day backpack with lots of great features

3. CLIMBING / MOUNTAINEERING

Facing tough elements and technical climbs you’ll need to have a stable yet flexible fitted pack whilst being able to carry a good deal of mountaineering equipment. For overnight adventures, a 50L bag should be suitable enough to carry your camping equipment as well as your gear. 

 

Recommended Features and Capacities:

  • Lightweight yet Robust. For any knocks, bumps and brushes against tough terrains.

  • Suspension System. Ideally with a lightweight aluminium frame. A bonus is to have an anti slip lumber pad to maintain mobility and proper load transfer.

  • Climbing Specific Hip Belt and Harness. Not all backpacks are designed to climb in! Sometimes you can have removable padding on back packs too in order to reduce weight down – worth looking for if you’re weight conscious.

  • Hydration Sleeve. Keep hands-free hydrated.

  • Crampon Pockets. Look out for TPU panelling within pockets to protect your backpack from sharp points.

  • Removable Bivvy Pad. Ideal for reducing down the size of your backpack on more technical climbs.

  • Rope Strap and Haul Loops. Quick access to your mountaineering equipment.

  • Hi-Visibility. Keeping yourself visible in tough conditions is paramount!

  • Sled Pull Attachment Points. Normally integrated into the hip belt, keep an eye out for these if it’s something you’re looking at doing!

4. LONG TERM BACKPACKING & GENERAL HIKING (7+ DAYS)

So you’re planning on taking to foot and touring cities, hiking hills, travelling coastlines, padding through forest paths or whatever else tickles your fancy… all with your home on your back! A great adventure ahead and one not to be spoiled by a poorly set up backpack. In order to keep you trekking with a smile on your face you’ll need a well balanced and structured backpack to easily organise your gear yet carry with comfort.

 

Recommended Features and Capacities:

  • 60 – 95L. Depending on the terrain and your planned packing, the capacity can vary quite substantially. Naturally colder climates often mean bigger sleeping bags and more clothing so a larger 80-95L pack maybe more suitable. Whereas 60-80L maybe generous enough for a solid hiking pack!

  • Suspension System. If you can lay your hands on a system which automatically angle adjusts, you’re in for the comfiest hike of your life! By adapting to your body motion it helps maintain your centre of gravity. Win win.

  • Raincover. An integrated rain cover can help save your gear from getting drenched in a downpour. 

  • Show Locks. Removable shock cord trekking pole retainer.

  • Hip Belt and Shoulder Harness Build. Padded, adjustable and flexible, keeping your movement free and your gear stable.

  • Lumbar Adjustment. Ensuring your lower back is comfortable and protected.

  • Top and Front Loading Access. To save you from diving through all your gear frequently, a front loading access is ideal.

  • Sleeping Bag Compartment. Again, to save you emptying your whole backpack a sleeping bag compartment allows you to have quick access when you’re wanting to catch some zee’s.

  • Bottle Holster / Accessories Pouch. Quick access for those important items.

  • Weatherproofed Pocket on Hip Belt. For your telephone or camera, an ideal place to stash your important items.

  • Day Pack. An ultra light removable day pack is perfect for any unscheduled day trips.

5. MINIMALIST / WEEKEND BACKPACKING & GENERAL HIKING (1-3 DAYS)

A weekend getaway or a long distant overnight stay doesn’t necessarily require all the extras and weight of a longer term back packing adventure. To keep your weight down and mobility up, you may opt for a more sleek, lightweight and simplified backpack.

 

Recommended Features and Capacities:

  • 35 – 55L. As always, it depends on the obstacles you will be tackling, weather you will be facing and thus gear you will be taking which will judge which size is best for you.

  • Suspension System. A combination of alloy framing and foam design can help provide you with a superior, lightweight fit with adjustable back panelling is ideal.

  • Hip Belt and Shoulder Harness Build. Padded, adjustable and flexible, keeping your movement free and your gear stable.

  • Raincover. An integrated rain cover can help save your gear from getting drenched in a downpour.

  • Ventilation. As part of the suspension system, great ventilation is ideal to keep you cool and dry.

  • Raincover. An integrated rain cover can help save your gear from getting drenched in a downpour. 

  • Sunglasses Quickstow. A quick strap on your shoulder harness to secure your shades when on the go.

  • Trekking Pole Attachments. To tuck them away when going handsfree!

  • Hydration Sleeve. To keep you hydrated!

  • Day Pack. A removable day pack for those mini trips away from the campsite.