How to choose the right daypack?
"Daypack" is an established term among hikers, but what are we really talking about and what should you consider when buying a new one?
The dictionary is clear; A "day trip" is a trip that lasts one day. And it harmonizes well with our definition of a daypack; a relatively small and light back pack, up to approx. 30 liters, for trips without accommodation.
Now, you might think things is given when it comes to size and function. Think again. Daypacks are our largest group of bags with items in sizes from 4 to 32 litres, so there is a lot to choose from. Whether you are buying a new or second hand bag it is always a good idea to find out these three things before you start your scout:
• How long is your back?
• How big a volume do you really need?
• What kind of use are you aiming for?
For a bag to be comfortable to carry, it must fit exactly you and your body. If the backpack has the wrong back length, it will be difficult to adjust it correctly to the rest of your body. Most bags of a certain quality are marked with the back length and more and more now also come with an adjustable back. If you are wondering how to measure your back, take a look here:
Size and volum?
Once you know your back length, you should ask yourself; How much carrying capacity do I really need? Here you need to think a little about what kind of trips you enjoy the most. If you like to carry as light as possible and move quickly, you should stick to the smaller sizes, from 3 to approx. 20 litres.
If you are more of a slow paced person who likes to enjoy good food and drink on a skinfold when your are out, you naturally need more space and can aim for a size between 20 and 40 litres.
DID YOU KNOW that we offer custom women back pack which are specially shaped for female anatomy. They all have a W in the product name.Activity?
What you will use the pack for has everything to do with which details and functions you will benefit from. A rucksack for fast activities differs a lot from a rucksack designed for classic outdoor life. Where a classic backpack is robust and packed with features and details, packs for higher activity levels are more specialized towards one type of use. They are also often lighter in weight.
The Y LightLine Fastpack 1-24 is an example of a daypack that is exclusively designed for the fastest trips. Our Driv packs are also made for speed and excitement. The Vengetind and Rondane are more versatile and suit a wider range of activities.
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A very last tip before you start the hunt for your dream back pack is that you MUST remember to fill it with weight when you try it on. Only a well-filled pack will give you a correct impression of how it feels on the body. Good luck!