While searching for that backpack, lots of questions pop up! Right? True. You see, selecting a backpack should be done carefully so that whichever choice you make will address all your needs.
In this article, I will touch on the various factors that you need to consider while choosing a backpack. Indeed, some of these considerations might be overlooked but they are essential when it comes to making a choice.
Please note that the list is not exhaustive and might be updated from time to time depending on changing customer preferences. Hence, keep checking this site for any added information.
Without further ado, here is my list of things you need to look out for.
Of course, your budget is very important to consider while selecting a backpack. I mean, if you can not afford a specific backpack, you will be wasting time checking out its features.
No wonder, before most of us hit the check-out button, we make sure that the pricing won’t hurt our wallets.
However, budget vs pricing in most consumer products is very confusing and might lead to a wrong decision. Indeed, most customers develop the perception that the more expensive a commodity is, the more superior it is. But, is it?
Wrong! It isn’t.
You see, different manufacturers have different calculations with regards to the costs of production. As such, one backpack from a certain company might be expensive than another yet, the latter is superior in quality.
Thus, as discussed above, pricing can be confusing while selecting a backpack.
Having that in mind, you need to combine different factors so that you choose the backpack that suits your needs.
Nonetheless, your budget is important to factor in since you do not want to overspend.
Oh yes! The factor that really sets different backpacks apart.
But, is quality really that important?
Yes, it is for very simple reasons. First, anything that is of good quality lasts long – and that is true of backpacks. Also, a product made out of the highest quality materials and workmanship really looks good. Undeniably, while selecting a backpack, you want something that is both durable and aesthetically appealing.
But how can you tell if something is of high quality?
First, you need to use your judgement. Generally, for backpacks, those made out of tear and wear resistant materials tend to be of better quality. Luckily, most of the information regarding a certain bag can be obtained from their respective website or at request from the vendor.
Additionally, you can check out customer reviews from retailers such as Amazon and eBay. Without a doubt, both these companies have huge databases of customer information which you can use as a resource while doing research.
In fact, this method of using customer reviews to inform your choice regarding quality while selecting a backpack is actually the best.
Selecting a Backpack that Fits Your Torso
This has more to do with personal comfort that anything else.
Undeniably, it is quite discomforting to carry around a backpack that does not fit your frame, especially your torso. Such a bag might hurt your back and develop other health complications that may affect you later.
Essentially, you need to choose a backpack that matches your torso length. However, your torso length will not determine the height of your bag since these are two different parameters. Indeed, the length of your torso is that which runs from the C7 vertebra down to the point of your back that’s at the same level as your hips’ iliac crest.
The C7 can be located by bending your head forward and locating the bone along your spine that sticks out the most. On the other hand, the iliac crest is the top of the hip shelf on the sides of your hips. Once you find these two, let someone measure the distance between the two using a tape measure. The reading will be your torso’s length.
Accordingly, with such information, it will be easy to choose a backpack that you can use comfortable all-year-round.
Different backpackers have different needs and as such the volumes of their backpacks differ.
While selecting a backpack, volume is important to consider so that you do not run out of space. Concisely, volume is the amount of space that a specific backpack has. Indeed, it is a measure of how much bulk its compartment might carry.
But why is volume so important?
Very simple. For instance, backpackers who carry a lot of gear need loads of volume to accommodate their stuff. Accordingly, the best way to determine the amount of volume needed is to check out your gear and have a visual judgement of the amount of space they require. You may want to quantify these amount in liters, cubic feet, or any other criteria of measurement that you are comfortable with.
A tape measure can come in handy while taking these measurements. Once you are done with the measurements, do some simple volume calculations (length x width x height), and add them up to find the sum total.
Essentially, the result is the amount of volume you need. Thus, while shopping a backpack this figure will guide you. Luckily, most backpacks have their internal volume capacities indicated.
Note: You might need some extra volume in case at some point you will need to pack in some more stuff.
Waterproof or Water Resistant
In another article, I have done a review of some waterproof backpacks. Also, in the same article, I have discussed the difference between waterproof and water resistant. You can find that article post here.
Nonetheless, let me give a definition of the two terms again. Waterproof refers to that which is completely impervious to water, while water resistant refers to that which can resist water to some degree but not entirely.
Now that we know the definitions, why the hell would I need a waterproof or water resistant backpack?
You see, different people have different needs. For example, a backpacker who needs to a carry a camera or a laptop, a student who carries around some books, or generally a person who does not need his stuff to be soaked in water sees sense in buying a waterproof bag.
Please keep in mind that waterproof keeps out water completely. In another case, a backpacker might want to carry around some stuff which he wouldn’t mind that much if they got soaked a bit. Thus, such a person might opt for a water-resistant backpack.
As you can see, it’s clearly a matter of choice. Indeed, it all boils down to the level of water protection that you need.
Essentially, waterproof is still superior and the best choice. However, before settling on a backpack that is waterproof, other factors (some of which are discussed in this post) need to be considered. Otherwise, without such consideration, you might choose waterproof yet, water resistant might suffice.