When you’re going on a long hike, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable hiking backpack. It can ruin an otherwise enjoyable hike. Presented in this article are several useful tips for choosing the perfect hiking backpack.
How to Choose a Hiking Backpack – Tip #1

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The first thing you’ll want to do when you choose a hiking backpack is to visit an outdoors/sporting goods store. These stores will have many different varieties of hiking backpacks available for you to check out.

How to Choose a Hiking Backpack – Tip #2

The next thing you’ll want to do when you choose a hiking backpack is choose between internal and external frames. Get the backpack I am currently recommending in this link: The PNW Packable Backpack

An internal frame is more comfortable for the beginner and has extra padding for comfort. Internal frames are also heavier than external frames so keep that in mind. An external frame can hold extra items because it has metal frames on the outside. They are cooler and lighter than internal frames but not always as comfortable.

The best way to make this choice is to visit a sporting goods store and try on different types of backpacks to find the one that works best for you.

How to Choose a Hiking Backpack – Tip #3

The next thing you’ll want to do when you choose a hiking backpack is to make sure the backpack fits you. Put it on in and add some weight. You won’t be able to tell if it’s a proper fit if it’s empty.

Put on the waist belt. The most weight should be on your waist, not your shoulders. If, when the waist belt is fastened, all the weight is on your shoulders then you need a bigger size. After you’ve determined you have the right size, cinch the shoulder straps to make sure the backpack is comfortable on your back and shoulders.

How to Choose a Hiking Backpack – Tip #4

The next tip I have for you when you choose a hiking backpack is to bargain hunt. Find out what type of hiking backpack you want from the sporting goods store. Once you’ve found the backpack you want, check out online auctions like EBay for a better price.

Hiking Backpacks are usually readily available used online and off as people tend to cast them off after hiking only a few times. Winter is also a good time to look for hiking backpacks while people are cleaning out their attics and basements.

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