I was petrified to see how he carried the backpack. With such an arrangement – without a belt, maximum weight on the top and other crazy things – anyone ventures to take long walks.
You end up suffering so much in your backpacking trips that at the next getaway you petrify yourself in a resort and rest. A backpack must be designed and assembled to be our companion in travel and not an enemy of the cervical.
With the weight that this boy carries in his backpack, instead of discovering the world from one place to another avoiding taxis and without back pain, one ends up from hostel to hostel, or rather, from door to door because it is impossible to lift that weight on your back and keep it for a long time.
A good organization of the backpack is essential as well as the choice at the time of purchase.
Nowadays technology has evolved a lot in the world of backpacks. In any case, prices skyrocket in many models and it is not precisely because of fundamental elements but because of accessories that are often irrelevant.
Weight distribution in the backpack
The first thing we have to think about when choosing the best backpack is in the distribution of its weight. A backpack has to be designed to carry the weight on the legs and not on the back.
This is a fundamental concept when buying your backpack. So, oddly enough, the most important element when choosing your backpack is going to be the belt. And in that, we find disparate results in all known brands.
The difference in prices is based on other characteristics that are not so important after all. Anyway, both Low Alpine, Millet, Deuter, North Face, Berghaus and most of the market brand have much in mind this aspect.
Why is the belt so important?
Well, with him we will transmit most of the weight to the waist and legs. This way we will avoid the load on the back, spine, and neck.
In order for the belt to carry out this task, it has to embrace the sides of your waist correctly.
What size of the backpack should I choose?
Check that the belt fits your waist, that the shoulder pads do not exceed your back. Do not go buy one that comes great.
Avoid buying backpacks with an exaggerated number of liters. Even to do the round the world one year with a backpack of 60 liters you have enough.
The more liters, the more voluminous the backpack will be when loaded and the weight will be distributed in an unbalanced way.
They are those bars that cover the backpack inside. They are usually made of steel and their main purpose is to carry the weight of the backpack to the belt.
In most modern backpacks are covered by the fabric but you can notice their presence throughout the backpack. Make sure the frames are stiff.
Finding comfort on your shoulder is something that will appeal to and in proportion to your complexion. Personally, I prefer them to be broad and transpire.
In any case, however comfortable they may be, the weight should be distributed to the legs and not to the back, so shoulder pads are not one of the main reasons to choose the ideal backpack.
Having many side pockets and in the peripheral areas of the backpack (both up and down) may, from the start, seem like a good idea to help you organize your travel items.
However, think that everything you put in those pockets will end up distorting the vertical structure of the backpack and you will lose weight control.
For a good balance think that it is better to conceive a vertical structure in your backpack to transmit correctly the axis of the weight on the hips and thighs.
The recharged side or top pockets will cause a more horizontal or asymmetric structure with an impact on the axis of the load.
A well chilled back sometimes turns out to be a great success when it comes to buying, especially if you are going to make mountains in hot places. Look inside and look for materials with open spaces to improve ventilation.
These will allow you to adjust the weight more if you are little loaded. Learn to use them. I have a backpack of 70 liters that I usually take on a trip with low-cost airlines as hand luggage. The secret? use the tapes well to compress the structure of the backpack.
Where is it best to carry the weight in the backpack?
Undoubtedly, one of the most frequent questions among mountaineers.
The weight has to be distributed around our axis. Therefore, it will not be in the upper part or as many thinks in the lower part. It also has to be well fixed so that it does not unbalance us according to the activity we are doing.
I traveled and kicked for days with 25 kilos in the backpack without problems and carrying all the weight in the legs and nothing in the back.
For long trips, the idea is to travel with a backpack of a maximum of 60 liters. With that, you have more than enough to make a trip of a year or as long as it takes.
The issue is not to get a house where to take things, the issue is to live without missing anything. With those liters, you have more than enough to carry about 12 or 14 kilos of maximum on top.
Watch also with a 40-liter backpack thinking that it is 70 or vice versa: The results are not going to be the same and we can not master the load balance in it.
One last tip
It is very useful in turn to carry a small bag of about 15 liters to make your daily getaways with water, cookies, and guide while leaving our backpack in the place where we stayed.