Not all trekking backpacks are the same, but to choose the right one you just need to be clear about the use you want to make of them and keep in mind all the specifics that can make the difference, such as the capacity, the shoulder straps, the backrest.
The trekking backpack: a faithful travel companion
Whether you are leaving for a day trip, a weekend at high altitude or an alpine expedition, your backpack will be much more than just a storage container. If you have chosen it with criteria, its shape, its capacity, its characteristics can be very useful during the trekking. On the contrary, you may have to deal with an extra weight. And not only in terms of kg.
As for the, the market offers hundreds of models of backpacks, different in color, shape and size. But be careful, appearance is not everything. When choosing a hiking backpack, you have to pay more attention to functionality than to aesthetics. So here are the features you need to pay attention to:
the size (i.e. the capacity);
the shoulder straps;
laces and zippers (different depending on the use you make of the backpack).
Comfort and functionality are required for medium to long excursions
For excursions of at least two or three days you will need different backpacks. They are not only larger (from 30 litres upwards), but also more robust. If you have to spend the night outside – in a tent, in a refuge, in a hostel – you will need to bring with you the necessary equipment, whether it be a tent or even just a sleeping bag. In addition to that, if necessary, to prepare food, such as crockery or gas stove.
When increasing the weight and size of a trekking backpack, you should pay particular attention to the backrest, which must be strong and ergonomic, so as not to strain your back too much under the weight of the equipment. Also essential is the belt to tie at the waist, strong and always keep fastened, not only for stability (even more important in this case) but also to unload the weight of the backpack and make sure that it does not only weigh on the shoulders. Once fastened, adjust it so that it is to measure.
In general, when you have to choose a hiking backpack for multi-day excursions, check that it has enough straps and buckles to be adjusted to your needs. If there are too many, ask yourself a few questions: they should make it easier for you, not hinder you.