Written by: Sal Lavallo
06/11/2010 5:30 PM
Nowadays, everything seems to be high-tech. Even outdoor gear can be technically mind-boggling. Some backpacks have incredible features and capabilities, but for most Americans who cycle, hike, or backpack, pricey rugged gear is not necessary. Something that does the job and is affordable will do.
Despite the huge amount of tweaks which backpack manufactures highlight in their products; the most critical part to any pack is the suspension system. It provides the carrying comfort you need. The basic rule of the suspension system is: Internal Frame = Day or Overnight Trips. External Frame = Extended stays with a high carrying weight.
The Camp Trails Sirocco is a good example of a mid-level pack with all the basic necessary features you may need on a weekend or day trip. For more serious backpacking or cycling trips, you may want more of the features found on higher-range packs.
Here are ten suggestions of features good to know when buying a backpack:
To get answers directly from the manufacturer and to compare multiple packs easily, look online before you shop at a retailer.
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