Choosing the ideal trekking backpack to go walking in the mountains or to do the Camino de Santiago is not just a matter of identifying the best brands: there are many backpack models for hiking and for finding the best backpack for your needs first of all carefully evaluate the use that you want to do and the season in which it will be used.
A backpack for simple walks in the summer can (and must) have different characteristics than a backpack for big walks like the Via Francigena; a backpack to be used in winter with snow must contain more material and have waterproof qualities even higher than a backpack intended for summer use.
So let's see, based on the use that you think to make of the backpack, the characteristics to be evaluated before proceeding with the purchase.
Whether you are in the Dolomites or on Mount Everest, GPS altimeter will always indicate your altitude. Altimeter GPS is an app dedicated to all lovers of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, walking, mountain biking, climbers, mountaineers.
Thanks to the "Pure Altitude" proprietary algorithm that uses the GPS and the Barometer of your iPhone, the altitude measurement will always be precise even without an internet connection
It is one of the simplest and practical tricks that often backpackers always put in place when preparing the backpack: divide the things to be transported by type (the intimate on one side, second and third layers from another, documents and technology such as chargers, telephones, cameras and GPS in another, and so on) and then bag each type by grouping the items in a waterproof bag: you can also use plastic bags with watertight closure (such as those of the exchange seasonal in the closet or to freeze food, and there are also sizes suitable for a mountain backpack or travel) or buy the so-called inner bag or liner: they are small bags, of variable litrage, made of 100% waterproof material, with taped seams and often with a sealing system of those that are rolled up allowing also to empty the bag from the air.
The Rain cover It is the opposite system to the liner system: in this case it is a matter of providing the backpack with an external rain cover bag. Some backpacks, the best and most technical, are already equipped with them, and normally you find it at the base of the bag so you can take it out and cover your backpack when you need it. If the backpack is not equipped, not even as an accessory, you can buy separately, even later: almost all the outdoor brands have them in the catalog, are in waterproof fabric, often with an elastic finish to better adhere to the shape of the backpack, with different shapes and litros.
Finally there are backpacks that in addition to using the DWR treatment are made of waterproof membranes: for example the OutDry, which compared to other waterproof and breathable membranes has the distinction of being able to stay outside the fabric and that has been used by Ferrino for the Ultimate 38 model, a mountaineering backpack completely covered with OutDry membrane and with a watertight closing system that makes it 100% waterproof in all conditions of water, snow or humidity.