How to choose a hiking backpack


There are many kinds of hiking backpacks, different styles, different sizes and different functions

Before choosing a mountaineering backpack, you should first think about where you usually go for mountaineering. Do you always go on a one-day mountain hike or hiking? Or challenge the mountain climbing route for 2-3 days or more?

Confirm the purpose and purpose of the backpack to be selected this time, which can help you to quickly select the bags that are suitable for you.

Introduction to the types of mountaineering bags

There are various kinds of backpacks. In addition to considering the purpose and purpose before selecting, initially, in addition to selecting backpacks with different capacities according to the number of days, we should also consider whether we need to carry food, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, pots and other supplies.

In addition, you should also evaluate whether you have done well in weight training and how much weight you can bear.

Single day hiking (below 30L)

Since you don’t have to carry sleeping bags and pads on your back in a single day, you can also carry simple and convenient food without cooking, so you can choose a backpack less than 30L.

Weekend 1-3 (30-50L)

I think 30-50L is the most practical backpack size. In addition to the 30-50L backpack for 1-3 days of mountain climbing, it can also be used for one-day hiking and one-day weight training.

Challenge for more than 3 days (more than 50L)

Those who can use more than 50L are usually experienced climbers! Work hard together to carry weight training and challenge all kinds of walking!

Top punching bag (below 20L)

I think it’s OK to choose a 10-20L backpack for top punching. The top punching bag is nothing more than a top punching bag. Put the original mountaineering bag in the camp, and just carry it lightly.

The climbing bag usually contains headlights, raincoats, rainpants, water, mobile food, gloves, etc., so it doesn’t need to be too big, and you don’t need to bring too many things, so that you can easily and quickly rush to the top.

Confirm whether the climbing bag conforms to the figure

After confirming the purpose and size of the backpack, it is necessary to confirm whether each backpack conforms to the body shape!

Measure back length

Mountaineering bags not only have poor liters, but also can be divided into different sizes, such as S M L XL, according to the back length, to better fit everyone’s body.

How do you measure your back length?

First of all, put your hands on the hip bone and look down. The point from the center of your hands up to the most prominent point of the cervical spine is your back length.

Some backpacks are adjustable and can be adjusted to different back lengths at will.

It’s really important to measure the back length to choose a bag that fits your body! I didn’t know before and didn’t have much money to buy my own hiking bag. I had to borrow it from others. It was OK to carry it lightly. After walking over five or six kilograms, my shoulders were sore and my back ached the next day.

Even if you borrow from others, you should also borrow the right size!

How to adjust mountaineering bags

After confirming that you have selected your favorite style, you can adjust the climbing package! One of the most important things in mountaineering is the integration of man and bag.

Correctly adjust the climbing bag, not only to reduce the weight burden, but also to prevent the backpack from easily shaking, increasing the difficulty of climbing, and also to avoid being hooked to take the whole person down when climbing.

1. Buckle up your belt

The belt should be wrapped around your hip bone. After being buckled, it should be pulled to the most tight, and the fastener should be kept in the middle. How tight should it be? It’s better to tighten it until you shake the belt, and your meat will also stick tightly to the belt and move with it.

If you really adjust the belt, you can put 70% to 80% of the weight of the whole backpack on the belt, which makes it easier to carry.

2. Adjust shoulder strap

Lower shoulder belt adjustment

The two sides should be pulled down diagonally and tightly, as long as the shoulder straps on both sides are close to the shoulders.

Upper shoulder belt adjustment

Pull the upper shoulder belt forward, and let the weight of the whole bag lean against the back. Don’t pull it too tight. The backpack and the adjusting belt should be about 45 degrees.

Adjust chest strap

The chest belt is at the chest position under the clavicle. After fastening the chest button, tighten it to ensure that the hands and arms can operate flexibly and normally. The chest belt is intended to prevent the shoulder belt from falling off to both sides, so as to avoid too tight compression on the chest and affecting breathing. The principle is comfort.

When you feel uncomfortable when climbing, the shoulder belt of the backpack can be adjusted at any time. You can loosen or tighten the shoulder belt slightly at any time to transfer the stress point of the shoulder.

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