Having something to carry your stuff in is an essential need for almost every human being on this planet. You won’t find a better and more efficient method of carrying your load than in a good old trusty backpack.
Backpacks are great for travelers who just want to enjoy the scenery with their hands-free while having everything they need on their shoulders. Here we’ve rounded up the best types of backpacks that can be your great companions.
Types of Backpacks
- Overnight Backpack
- Hiking / Trekking Backpack
- Climbing Backpack
- Cycling Backpack
- Snowsports Backpack
- Work Backpack
- Travel Backpack
- Hydration Backpack
A backpack that is relatively small and is used for regular day to day activities or a day long hike. These backpacks have the regular slots and pockets for you to carry all of your daily essentials and are the most standard, and common backpacks out of the lot.
2. Overnight Backpack
Not to be confused with a travelling backpack, these overnight bags are large enough to hold personal essentials and clothing for an overnight trip. It has the same structure as a regular backpack, with extra slots and pockets, and is slightly bigger as well.
3. Hiking / Trekking Backpack
A full day hiking out on the trail requires you to carry plenty of essentials. Hiking backpacks are pretty much what you’d expect – lots of pockets, loops and lash-on points, and higher-end ones might even feature a frame, with hip belt and all.
4. Climbing Backpack
A good climbing backpack also needs to be able to hold a rope, helmet, harness, rack and shoes. And ideally it needs to be comfortable and close fitting to your body. Also, called as Mountaineering Backpack or Crag Backpack.
5. Cycling Backpack
If you’re commuting by bike, a backpack is one of the easiest carry formats to roll with. You can keep the load comfortably stable on your body, move your gear conveniently between cycling and being off-bike, and accommodate changing loads with relative ease. Also, called as Commuter Backpack.
6. Snowsports Backpack
The capacity to carry your skis or snowboard is the most important feature to look for in the pack you choose for a day on the slopes. Minimal movement of the pack is also really important, so it’s important to choose a pack that fits you snugly without limiting your movements.
These backpacks are specialist backpacks that not only incorporate lash-on points for the equipment but also Avalungs and/or airbags to increase survivability in case of an avalanche. Also, called as Skiing Backpacks.
7. Work Backpack
People who work will most likely need a backpack that has a compartment for his laptop and will contain other things that he will need like extra corporate clothes, shoes, socks and maybe a couple of papers and books. Also, called as Laptop Backpacks.
8. Travel Backpack
Travel backpacks shouldn’t be confused with those meant for extended hiking or camping trips. They are designed for you to pack and access them like you would a suitcase, as opposed to loading them from the top like an outdoors-oriented backpack. They have lots of zippered compartments to make them easier to live out of when you don’t know what kind of adventure you’ll have that day.
9. Hydration Backpack
If you prefer getting out into the wild in a more active kind of way, hydration backpacks are an ideal solution that turns minimalist adventurers into veritable camels! The capacity of hydration backpacks is usually between 2 and 10 litres, with 1, 2 or 3 litres of that space taken up with a hydration reservoir. They need to fit very snugly to minimise movement, but also be highly comfortable.
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