Choice of women’s mountaineering backpacks
When dragging a tired body in the mountains for a long time, there is always a strong desire to have a good mountaineering backpack to reduce the burden on the body, so the backpack can be said to be the most important equipment besides hiking shoes and clothes. The following will explain the main points for you, which will help you to further grasp the direction of choosing and purchasing.
Choose the right capacity according to your climbing itinerary or season
Mountaineering has a one-day back-and-forth hiking trip, and there are also group mountaineering activities in which tents are set up and overnight in mountainous areas. Therefore, the first thing to choose a mountaineering bag is to choose a suitable capacity according to the type of mountaineering itinerary and the number of days.
Generally speaking, 10 to 20 liters are suitable for a one-day round-trip light travel, and it is also suitable for use as a general backpack on weekdays. For those who plan to hike for 1 to 2 nights and have applied for a mountain house, it is recommended to choose a capacity of 30 to 35 liters; in winter, since you need to carry enough warm clothes, it is better to increase the capacity to 50 liters.
In addition, when it comes to long-day trips that require tents to be camped outside, a package of about 80 to 100 liters can meet the needs. The above can be used as a reference when purchasing, but since the number of equipment will vary according to the season and the situation of each mountain, it is recommended that beginners can refer to the purchasing experience of senior climbers, or go to the mountaineering equipment store for consultation Professional advice is also available.
Confirm back length and fit
If you want to reduce the fatigue of walking with a backpack for a long time, it is very important to choose the right size. Recently, there are also styles on the market that can adjust the size of the backpack according to the body shape. Let’s see how to choose a bag that suits your body shape.
Choose a women’s style and choose a size based on your back length
The length of the back is an important indicator for choosing the size of a mountaineering backpack. It refers to the length from the cervical vertebrae at the back of the neck to the lumbar vertebrae. The actual measured length can be used as the basis for determining the size. Generally, it is recommended to choose XS when the back length is less than 41 cm, S from 41 to 46 cm, M from 46 to 51 cm, and L for those above 51 cm. You can easily grasp the required size by referring to the above data.
It’s just that even with the same back length, the fit of men’s bags and women’s bags will be different. Therefore, when purchasing, be sure to choose a female-only bag, and if the situation allows, try to actually try it on the back.
When trying on the back, be sure to confirm the fit of the backpack to the back
After confirming the length of the back, if you can actually go to the store to interview the back, you can best feel the suitability of the backpack. When testing your back, make sure the straps are lined with your shoulders and that the waist belt is positioned between your pelvises. When carrying it in this state, check whether there is no gap between the backpack and the back. If the gap is too large, it is recommended to adjust the size and try the back again.
In addition, it is best to put items in the bag with a similar weight to the luggage to actually feel it, which will help to find the most suitable bag. Since it is not possible to test the back through online shopping, it is recommended to go to a mountaineering equipment store and experience the comfort of various bags. I believe it will be helpful for the purchase process.
Is it easy to access the items inside
Mountaineering backpacks generally take things from the top opening, but more and more bags will have more upper and lower or side openings. In terms of interior, the multi-layered design can not only avoid all the items in the bag from being mixed together, but it will also be much more convenient when taking items. In addition, the bag with front opening design does not need to take out the items stacked on it one by one when taking the items in the middle layer, which is easy and time-saving.
When climbing, the most frequently used water bottle is the water bottle. It is best to choose a style with a water bottle storage design on the side of the bag, which is convenient for taking and drinking without deliberately stopping.
Whether the material is waterproof and breathable
Most mountaineering backpacks are made of high-durability nylon or polyester fiber, so as long as the mountaineering trip does not include rock climbing, there is basically no need to worry about the service life of the backpack. Instead, you need to pay attention to whether the material is waterproof and breathable. Especially in order to cope with the ever-changing climate on the mountain, it is relatively safe to choose a bag with high water resistance. If a waterproof cover is attached to the opening of the backpack, it can also prevent rainwater from seeping into the interior from above.
In addition, air permeability is also a key factor affecting comfort. It can not only reduce the sticky feeling caused by a lot of sweat in summer, but also avoid the decrease in body temperature caused by sweat and wind in winter.
Moderate weight and belted design
Many beginners in mountaineering will choose a lightweight backpack as an entry-level model, but it may not be suitable. Generally speaking, in order to improve the storage functionality of mountaineering backpacks, storage compartments are attached inside and outside; and considering the fit between the back and the backpack, a belt is often attached, so the backpack is bound to have a certain weight. And many bags sacrifice various functions in order to reduce weight, but make the backpack difficult to use. Therefore, it is recommended for beginners to give priority to bags with moderate weight and certain functionality.
In addition, if the weight is supported by the back strap alone, it will cause a considerable burden on the shoulders. If the weight is shared with the belt, the fatigue of the body can be reduced. Therefore, when purchasing, you may wish to pay more attention to whether there is a belt design.
Choose from colorful or designer styles
Although it is used for mountaineering, many women’s bags still have a considerable sense of design, and are very popular among young people. There are quite a variety of feminine colors, so if you want to choose a style that can be used at ordinary times, you may wish to ponder on the color and style, so that it is more economical to use it for work, class, and shopping.
The bright colors are not only eye-catching and easy to match with clothes, but also help search and rescue personnel find your location faster if you encounter a mountain disaster and are waiting for rescue.
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