Your body can transport extremely heavy loads – if carried properly. Most of the weight should be carried by large muscle groups, such as the back, stomach and legs. This is why large trekking backpacks come with a padded hip belt. The size and intended use of the backpack should determine which model is right for you.
When searching for a backpack that can handle a multi-day trek with a full pack, you naturally need to demand more than you would from a backpack that you would use for a day trip. Here is a quick check list to follow:
- Stable construction.
- Ergonomic support system that redistributes the weight.
- Good fit and size for your height and body type.
- Good storage space – in terms of volume, access to contents and number of pockets.
- Strong fabrics, seams, straps, etc., that can handle a heavy load and are water resistant.
• Tips for your purchase – how to choose a backpack
• Improve your carrying technique – a few words about the body’s ability to carry heavy loads
• Important functions on trekking backpacks
• Smart tips for packing