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Backpacks and Packing

How to Fit a Backpack

How to Fit a Backpack

If you routinely experience back pain, shoulder pain, or hip pain when you carry a backpack, there’s a good chance that your backpack doesn’t fit you or that you’re not wearing it properly. This is surprisingly common among backpackers, and one of the main reasons why people don’t go hiking …

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How Important is a Waterproof Backpack?

Exped Torrent Backpack in Use - Photo Courtesy of Exped

Most overnight and multi-day backpacks are not completely waterproof (even cuben fiber backpacks), and the widespread use of polyester and nylon instead of pack cloth in modern backpacks means that you don’t have to worry about the material of the pack becoming water logged and heavier because it has gotten soaked by rain. Still …

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What is a Floating Lid?

A floating lid is a detachable pocket on the top of a backpack that can be used to carry more gear when the pack’s main compartment is full. They’re commonly found on winter or climbing backpacks and are very handy when you need to carry extra gear. Floating Lids on …

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