How to choose the right Rucksack?
The size and type of rucksack that you need, will depend upon the activity that you intend to use it for.
Daysack 15 – 35 litres
A daysack as the name suggests would usually be used for a day trip. They are usually soft without an external frame. The majority of weight would be on the shoulders and as such they often have padded shoulder straps. Many daysacks are hydration compatible, meaning a hydration unit can be used if required. Often they also have a “cool air” back design that increases the comfort the bag offers when used over longer periods.
Climbing/Hiking Pack 35 – 55 litres
Climbing packs are used when more weight needs to be carried over longer periods for example weekend backpacking trips. These usually have an internal frame which makes them sturdier than a daysack. Climbing packs nearly always have a hip belt; this allows the majority of the weight to be carried by the legs. Many also have an adjustable back system which can adjust to the height of the individual wearer meaning a more comfortable fit. These bags usually have external fixing point for gear such as walking poles; they often also have expansion sections that allow the wearer to overfill the bag when necessary as well as the option to open the bag from the bottom.
Backpacking Pack 55 – 80 litres
Backpacking packs are for use on longer trips when more gear is required. They have a supporting structure for durability and rigidity and are usually tall and narrow. The hip belts are usually removable for ease of climbing when required. Most have gear loops so you can attach jackets and other items with ease.
Women’s rucksacks have narrower shoulder straps and shaped hip-belts to fit women’s bodies more closely.
It is advisable to line your rucksack with a drysac as no rucksack is 100% waterproof or you can purchase a rain cover instead.