Vintage Mountaineering Backpack

What must be taken into account to purchase a backpack for a day?
There are two types of backpacks per day:

Classic mountaineering backpack with upper opening under the hood

The mountaineering backpacks have mostly a simple line and possess few functions, in order to make them lighter. Because they are closed with two belts, if necessary can be loaded externally.

Extendable hood allows you to increase and decrease the volume of the backpack in the name of flexibility. Thus, the climber has a place for everything you need during the climbs (ropes, helmet, harness) and can compress the backpack freely during the tour. Side compression straps allow you to attach externally various utensils.

Often the backpacks have a large compartment, accessible only from above, making it more difficult to search for objects internally.

Daily packs/daypack with zipper
(open flap fittings)

This type of backpacks offers access to main compartment through a circular hinge. The front of the main compartment opens to fore giving the user a good overview of the content.

Precisely because the filling and discharge system is simpler, this type of backpack is better suited for everyday use that not the model with unique access from above.

20 liters, 30 liters, 40 litres: what size/volume right for me?

Most hiking backpacks multi or has a volume of 30 litres, sufficient to accommodate the main equipment. Some backpacks are more technical volumes daily limit. For example the backpack trail running from 10 liters contains only the essentials, while climbing backpack can hold everything you need in 38-45 liters.

If transported material for other people too (you cite the case of families with children) should opt for a backpack from 40 litres. In most cases for an excursion from day 30 liters are sufficient.

Criteria and details

The backpacks are sold everywhere. Providing the best value for money? Those purchased from a discounter or brand specific products?Although both are optically very similar, the difference is in the details. If the bargain discount at first glance can appear more interesting in the long run prove to be inadequate for comfort, finish and quality. The list below shows you what details to take into account at the time of purchase.

  1. Padding
    The shoulder straps must be ergonomic, soft, and ensure a high degree of comfort. The padded prevents sharp objects contained in the backpack from pressing annoyingly against your back. Also, the back should be breathable so that air can circulate between your back and the padding.
  2. Feminine cut
    Backpacks designed specifically for women have thinner shoulder straps, calibrated to women’s morphology. Often even the back is slightly shorter.
  3. Material/weight
    The quality of the rucksack is seen also by the weight. Manufacturers of quality more stable materials and lightweight backpacks, with a longer service life. The cheapest products for cost reasons often cheaper and heavier materials.
  4. Hipbelt/with Pocket
    Even in daily hipbelt backpacks must thus flanks is tightly wrapped by nonprofitdictionary and bear part of the burden. An integrated pocket for storing small items (energy gel, rods, GPS) to have them quickly at hand.
  5. Water bag
    Some models have the place to accommodate a hydration system, which is a separate compartment inside the main compartment for hydration and an opening to push through the tubing.
  6. Duvet covers are integrated
    Protects even long backpack in case of bad weather. If you do not use the storage in the bottom in a completely invisible.
  7. Additional loops and straps for extra baggage
    External straps allow hiking poles, ice axe, crampons. The applied mesh pockets and elastic belts of tension provide the ability to keep the bottle or jacket on hand.

Checklist for a daily backpack to perfection

  1. Daypack or backpack hiking
    trips of one or more days?
  2. Backpack sort of
    need to frequently access the main compartment?
  3. Volume
    for what purpose I intend to use the backpack and how much material I have to carry it around?
  4. details
    • Robust filling: shoulder straps and back are comfortable and ergonomic?
    • There is also a model for women?
    • Ventilation: the back has a good breathable system?
    • Material/weight: quality nylon?
    • The lap belt is snug and comfortable? It has a small pocket?
    • The backpack is designed for a hydration system?
    • Integrated Coprisacco?
    • External loops for poles, ice axes or crampons?
    • Straps for extra baggage and mesh pockets?