Buying a backpack should be easy, but there are several factors to consider when purchasing a reliable backpack that will last for years to come. Buying the wrong one will cause frustration, but taking the time to do a little research first can alleviate that possibility.
The first thing to consider is what your intended use is to be. Hiking and camping backpacks will differ from those used for school or work. Having a preliminary budget in mind can also assist with the process. After those questions are answered, consider the following.
Over-packing can be a problem with a backpacking pack. Carrying too much in your pack can be a problem for the health of your back. If you are planning on using your pack for long hikes, overnight camping or for carrying heavy textbooks, you will want to look for the lightest but sturdiest pack you can find. You do not want to add any extra weight on top of the load you will be carrying. It is suggested that you carry no more than 15% of your body weight.
The next thing to consider is the backpack construction. Buying one too light might feel better for your back but if it wears out quickly nothing much has been gained. For heavy loads, look at the inside frame. Can it carry what you need it to carry? Does the material look like it will tear easily or will it withstand the amount of use you plan to administer? Are …