Whether a one-day hiking trip, a holiday in the mountains or a trekking tour: all of these trips require a suitable backpack. You can easily store everything you require on your trip in your outdoor backpack. The selection of backpacks is huge since they come in a variety of styles: from light day backpack to larger models suitable for multi-day trekking tours.
One of the main criteria when choosing the right backpack is deciding on the back system. A light, straight back pad is suitable if you need a backpack for cities or at the office. Lightweight backpacks that are close-fitting and well ventilated are better for running. If you are moving quickly or often find yourself on uneven terrain while mountain biking for example, we suggest a durable backpack with a tight-fitting waist strap.
For hikers it is often more comfortable to have a ventilation net between the back and the backpack. Large hiking and trekking backpacks incorporates a durable carrying system that keeps the weight of the backpack close to the body and doesn't unnecessarily strain the back. You should ensure that around 70 to 80 percent of a backpack's weight sits on your hips in order to relieve your shoulders.
In addition to the right back system, the size of your outdoor backpack should fit your adventure. You should carefully consider what and particularly how much you want to transport in your backpack. A thin jacket for colder times takes up less room than transporting food, clothes and a sleeping bag on long hiking tours. It is important that you know how much weight you're able to carry. This will help you find the right backpack for you. A good guide is 20 percent of your body weight. 25 percent is fine if you are physically fit. For example, if you weigh 80 kg then 16 kilograms of weight is fine. 20 kilograms is also acceptable but you shouldn't exceed this. Much more room is required for winter tours compared to summer hikes. The reason for this is that your winter clothes and equipment is much heavier than summer clothing and accessories.
Last but not least the respective features of your backpack are important. Backpacking rucksacks or hiking backpacks feature a handy rain cover or separate bottom compartment for dirty laundry. Large outdoor backpacks have multiple access to the main compartment. A compartment on the waist strap is important for keeping your keys or other useful tools close to hand.
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Whether hiking, long trekking tours or climbing: your outdoor backpack should fulfil your own needs and requirements. A high degree of comfort, plenty of room for your tools and a good back system are very important. The best rucksacks are those which meet your requirements and are suitable for your sport. You'll find functional backpacks in our online shop and are sure to find the right model for you.