Backpack – Design Features

Hiking Backpack 

Design Features 




Ravi with Deuter Guide +35 at Mount Kinabalu Summit Sept 2017



Things to consider in DESIGN FEATURES before purchasing a backpack.


1.   Main Compartment


Backpack always have main compartment and its where you store all your gears and equipment. Usually its a single compartment and all main items are placed here and less use equipment are at the bottom and most used equipment at the top. Sleeping bags, tent, stove etc are always kept at the bottom. Extra compartment will add more weight to the backpack.






2.  WaterProofing


We at GEC always recommend a waterproof backpack. But sometimes, its better to get extra waterproof protection like using Hypergear Backpack. Some of the important equipment like electronic, sleeping bad, down jacket should be kept in drybags like Hypergear or plastic bags inside your pack.



Deuter Guide 35Plus during Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 2017



3.   Shoulder Straps


A very good Shoulder Straps attached to a backpack will help to hold the amount of weight in the bag and reduce the amount of weight in the backpack. They should have comfortable padding and climbers can reduce the pain on the shoulder due to the weight.



Camelbak Backpack with Hydration System



4.   Shoulder Pouch


Having a shoulder pouch is an advantage because you can use it to hold camera and sunglasses. That way, items are protected and easily accessible when needed.


5.   Hip Belt


A good Hip Belt will hold most of the weight from the backpack and help keeping the shoulder from tiring. There are comfortable and transfer the weight of the backpack without slipping down.


6.   Hip Belt Pocket


A Hip Belt Pocket can be very useful to climbers. You can use it for keeping small items like snacks, sunscreen, lip balm, portable camera.


7.   Water Bottle Holders


The key of a successful outdoor activity is making sure we have enough of everything especially water and staying hydrated. Having a water bottle in the Holsters and drinking regular is important.


8.   Top Lid


Every Top Lid is convenient but will add on the weight of the backpack. Some even add roll-top closure, clips, and straps for their model backpack.


9.   Hydration Ports


Hydration are key in survival in the outdoor. Backpack with a hydration have hydration sleeves and ports and are an advantage for some hikers. Some hikers love to use Hydration bladders.


10.   Sternum Strap


Sternum Straps are a must for every outdoor or mountaineering backpack. It’s usually connected the shoulder straps across the chest and gives you more secure feel.



Alpine Backpack With Crampon Outside



11.   Load Lifter Straps


Load lifter straps will assist in pulling the top of your shoulder straps back towards your backpack. This will help in transferring weight to shoulder top and reduce downward pressure.


12.   Trekking Pole and Ice Axe Loops


Hiking and mountaineering involve many equipment especially trekking poles and ice axes. It will be great to have the right place to stow them when we are not using them.



Trekking Poles attached to backpack when not in use.







13.   Front Mesh Pocket


Some backpack have Mesh Pocket placed in front. Mesh Pocket are very useful during hiking because we can keep our useful equipment quickly when not needed like waterproof jacket, snacks, caps and other.



Kinabalu Backpack



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