Selecting the right rucksack is one of the first steps to take before you go out for an adventure. Carrying your gear is very essential no matter where you go and the rucksack is the best option to carry the same while tackling tough terrain.
While buying a rucksack, it is best to choose a waterproof model to safeguard your items against a downpour as getting your clothes wet is definitely not an option in the outdoors.
Rucksacks may be completely waterproof or made up of water-resistant fabric, so do not forget to check before you buy one.
For day tours you can use a smaller and lighter daypack but for multiple day trips, a rucksack is essential. A good rucksack transmits the weight all through your back and also to your legs through your hips so it is best to choose a model that fits your body structure well and can be sufficiently adjusted.
Even though finding the perfect rucksack is difficult, most modern rucksacks are designed to provide good comfort in a durable package. I will share the reviews of two of the best rucksacks along with some buying guide to help you out.
- 1 Waterproof rucksack buyer’s guide
- 2 Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack
Waterproof rucksack buyer’s guide
There are many factors guiding your choice of a rucksack and you can take a look at the most important ones.
The right size
The size of the rucksack will depend on the number of items and kit that you will be carrying with you. As a thumbs rule, a 12-15 liter daypack is good for a day’s trip whereas for multiple day backpacking trips 50-60 liter volume can be needed.
The rucksacks above 60 liters are most designed for technical trips for longer periods with multiple features in them. Some packs also have extendable portions which can help when you need to carry some additional stuff.
The correct fit
This is another vital aspect once you have chosen the size of your rucksack and you need to check it out on your back before you head out for a trip.
When you put on a loaded rucksack the major part of the load should be on your hips and not on your shoulders, so the location and comfort offered by the hip belt is very important. The shoulder and back should also be adjustable for a good fit.
Weight and durability
A rucksack is a long term investment so you need a unit which will be sturdy enough to withstand rough usage and last through the years.
The outer material should be tough and waterproof but at the same time, it should be light. A heavy bag will only increase your burden on a tough route so make sure that you choose a light model.
A good rucksack should have detachable side pockets for storing various items and also a detachable day bag which can be used for small purposes. A base opening point for easier access is also important and if you are planning to attach multiple accessories, you need to make sure that the rucksack has such fixing points.
A comparison chart of the models that I will review is placed below so that you can take a quick glance through the main features before you choose one.
|S no.||Product name||Material||Weight (pounds)||Capacity (liters)|
|1||Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack||660D Diamond Ripstop||5||60|
|2||Mountaintop 80L Hiking Backpack||Nylon||4.8||80|
Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack
This is a backpack built for both the sexes offering great features along with top-class comfort and performance.
With a 65 liter capacity and packed with great features this rucksack will serve both the travelers and backpackers with its great functionality. If you are looking for comfort and reliability coupled with great value, you will not go wrong by choosing this rucksack.
Feature and Benefits:
This pack has a rugged built with aluminum internal frames and a 65-liter capacity. It is sufficient to last through the long trips that you have planned as the outer shell is built with a combination of 600D squared ripstop and 600D Oxford canvas.
This pack has an adjustable torso to enable you to adjust its height as per your needs. The shoulder pads, waist pads, and the lumbar pads are all thickly padded for comfort and adjustable for a precise fit. If you want a comfortable fit this big will surely serve your needs.
The rucksack allows a flow of air through the back and lumbar regions, to keep you comfortable even on the hot days. This also prevents accumulation of moisture on the tight spots and keep things airy and comfy.
The rucksack comes with a rain cover and space or a hydration system. It also has a sleeping bag storage area at the bottom and an expandable hood as an added advantage.
- Dimensions: 34 x 18 x 12
- Material: 600D Diamond Ripstop.
- Weight: 5 pounds.
- Capacity: 4000 cubic inches.
Pros and Cons:
This is a great rucksack offering high-grade features at an affordable price and is definitely recommended for all users.