16 Apr 2018

A Guide to Choose the Best Trekking Backpack and listing some of the top trekking backpacks available in India

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A backpack is one of the most important gear when it comes to trekking in the Himalayas. It will be an essential gear which must be carried by you for hours when you go hiking in the mountains. The comfort, capacity, size,and durability are some of the factors which must be kept in mind before you buy one. You should invest a fare bit of money and research on the one that suits you best before getting one.

Now, the criteria which should be kept in mind while buying a backpack are :-Size or Volume capacity of Rucksack

The capacity of the backpack is measured in liters. The capacity of the rucksack is a major factor which should be kept in mind while buying one.

What capacity bag should I Buy? The answer to this question lies on how long is your trek and how many days are you going to spend in the mountains. The longer the duration of the trek the bigger the backpack gets. You should also keep in mind that if you are trekking in the Himalayas it is cold and that means a lot of layers.

For a 2 to 3day weekend a capacity of 40 -50 liters will be sufficient whereas for longer trek of around 4-6days you will need a volume capacity of 50 to 70 liters and if you are planning for a high-altitude trek for more than 8days you will need a capacity of around 70 and above.




  • Water proof

When it comes to trekking in the mountains there are chances of rain and snow and sometimes the weather can change in split seconds leaving your backpacks wet. So, the backpack you will be carrying should be semi waterproof if not fully waterproof. You can also carry a rain cover for a bag in case you don’t get a waterproof one.

  • Size of the backpack

The size of the backpack is an important factor you must keep in mind while buying one. The size of the backpack is measured in length x width x height. The most important part is the length of the backpack which should be equal to the torso length.

The torso length can be measured from the vertebra where the neck and the shoulders meet to the top of the hip bone. You can use a measuring tape to measure the distance between them for torso length.


Length (Torso) cm
Length (torso) inches
                  Backpack Size
15 ½ cm or
39 or below
Extra small
16 to 17 ½ cm
41 to 44.45
Small
18 to 19 ½ cm
46 to 49
Medium
20 and above
51 and above
Large

                                                                                                           

  • Weight of the bag 

The weight of the backpack is crucial factor when it comes to choosing the right one. Almost all backpacks come with an internal frame for back support which adds up to the weight. Test one by putting weight to check if you are comfortable and if you able to carry it with ease. Check for a comfortable strap so that it doesn’t hurt your shoulder while trekking.

  • Durability

Check if the material is of good quality and can withstand rough weather. The key is to find one that has a thick material which is lightweight.

  • Padded straps and belt

You should check for a comfortable strap so that it doesn’t put a lot of pressure and hurt your shoulder while trekking. Padded straps are recommended as they put lesser weight on your shoulder. The belt helps keep the backpack stable causing less strain on the back.

Some of the brands available in the Indian market: 

  • Quechua
  • Wildcraft
  • Inlander
  • Mount Track
  • Gleam

Best Backpacks available in India (reviewed)



Quechua Trekking Backpack



Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
50L
Weight
1700 gm
Material
Polyester
Review
Amazon (4.5)

  





Wildcraft Eiger Rucksack



Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
55L
Weight
900g
Material
Nylon
Review
Amazon (4.5)







Bag-Age Hiking Rucksack

 



Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
65L
Weight
1300 gm
Material
Nylon/Polyester
Review
Amazon (4.0)





Mount Track 9102 Altitude Rucksack



   


Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
55L
Weight
900 gm
Material
Nylon
Review
Amazon (4.5)




Gleam 2209 Climate Proof Backpack

 

Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
75L
Weight
1500 gm
Material
Polyester
Review
Flipkart (4.1)



Wildcraft Karakoram Rucksack

 



Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
60L
Weight
2400 gm
Material
Nylon
Review
Snapdeal (4.9)

  




Inlander Hiking Backpack

 



Type
Rucksack
Volume capacity
45-60L
Weight
1400 gm
Material
Polyester
Review
Snapdeal (4.1)

    

Hope you found this article helpful. If you have any query/suggestion get in touch with us at info@adventurescape.in!

 













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