View tips in choosing the best hiking or bushwalking backpack, often previously known as a rucksack.
Tips to Choose the Best Pack
Size – choose. a pack appropriate to the activities i.e. one large enough to hold your essentials inside, but preferably not bigger than you need.
Construction – tough fabric (canvas, cordura or heavy duty nylon). Strongly sewn seams and reinforced anchor points for straps.
Correct fitting – fits close to your back and shoulders. An adjustable back length provides for Pack to be altered to gain correct fitting. This is a most important feature. This and hip belt are crucial design features when dealing with young spines.
Hip belt – Allows some weight to be transferred from shoulders to hips. Also assists stability.
Waterproofing – no pack is completely waterproof. Some fabrics are waterproof but stitching holes create water channels.
Weight Carrying Guide
Some approximate target weights:
Food – less than I kg per day. c4kg.
Clothing – 4kg
Water – is 1 kg/litre
Total – A maximum between 12-14 kg is desirable (depending upon build).
Males: 1/5 – 1/3rd body weight
Females: 1/5 – 1/4th body weight
Good packing is a matter of balance and accessibility.
Pack heavy objects (e.g. tent, fuel, water) near the top in the following way:
Close to your back (but not sticking into your back!)
High up (but not higher than shoulders).
Lighter items not needed during the walk (e.g. sleeping bag, spare clothes) are at bottom of Pack.
Keep some items (like First Aid, scroggin, water) handy in Pack pockets.
Bulk is nearly as important as weight, so fill all hollows with articles (e.g. food in billies).
Use strong large plastic bag as Pack liner (no pack is completely waterproof).