To accommodate the changing needs of today’s campers, hikers, hunters and outdoor adventure lovers, the hunting backpack has undergone some serious evolving. This type of gear carries every essential you need for your trip, whether you’re just on an overnight camping trip or a challenging mountain hike. Here’s what you should check out in this kind of equipment.
A pricey hunting backpack that can’t hold all the essentials you intend to take with you for your trip will only be a waste of good money. The volume capacity you want will be determined by the length of time you will have to spend outdoors. Do take note as well of the season you will be going on your trip, as there may be more things you will need to pack aside from the basic essentials.
Modern backpacks now have a large number of compartments to accommodate even specialty gear including tripods, spotting scopes, GPS, bows and/or rifles, in addition to water bottles and cellular phones. Do keep in mind to choose the most practical design for your genuine needs as too few pockets and compartments can just be as problematic as having too many.
Material and Durability
You will want the backpack to be made of lightweight yet durable material for sufficient toughness to withstand the most extreme conditions you will be traveling under. Just some of the materials used in hunting backpacks are nylon, leather, suede, canvas and other synthetic substances. Find the material that offers good resistance to abrasion. However, some tougher materials can contribute to the overall weight of the product. Those who prefer ultra-light traveling can check out silicon-coated nylon fabric backpacks that are quite light despite compromising a tiny bit on durability.
if you want durability, strength and reduced rustling, leather backpacks may be just the thing. Leather backpacks do come with a price so do make sure it is the most practical for your needs. Combining strength and durability, nylon may be treated with a waterproof coating. A waterproof backpack protects your stored clothing and equipment. Nylon, when scraped by branches and twigs, can make noise.
You will want a strong backpack resilient to tear, one that is resistant to UV rays so as not to easily fade with sun exposure.
Since you have to carry the backpack over long distances, it should be comfortable to transport over your shoulders. A channel design provides reliable ventilation for carrying the gear on your back so you won’t have to get drenched in sweat. Do make sure the hip belt is adjustable for a customized and snug fit. Some units even come with an interchangeable belt. Some hip belts are equipped with a few pockets to keep a camera or cell phone within easy reach. The hip belt should also feature decent padding.
The shoulder straps should also be padded and adjustable for comfort and be supplemented by chest straps to secure and distribute the load without any discomfort. The load weight should be carried mostly on the hips, with the back holding the backpack securely in place.
Some breathable backpacks are also geared with moisture-wicking properties to keep sweat from accumulating on the skin.
Most backpacks come with two types of frames.
Backpacks with external frames are able to carry a higher volume, enabling users to put all their essentials and more inside. An external frame backpack is ideal for carrying a lot of items, even heavy and bulky ones. This type of backpack however, can only be used over short distances since its weight can become its liability. In addition, it can only handle well when trekking on clear and smooth paths, so if you expect to trudge through dense trees and shrubs, an external backpack is not a smart choice. An external backpack offers a greater degree of strength. It can make organizing and finding the things inside easy.
Although it has a much lower carrying capacity than its external frame counterpart, an internal frame backpack offers a light weight and greater comfort while carrying, which makes it perfect for long trips. The unique design and shape ensures that the weight is carried on the hip, taking the weight away from the shoulders. An internal frame backpack proves to have extreme flexibility, enabling effortless carrying when trekking on different types of trails, whether smooth or rough so you can take it mountaineering, hiking or skiing. An internal frame backpack offers a customized fit and also helps you keep your balance and the load stable.
Choose the type of frame that you feel will be practical for your specific purpose.