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Next – Choosing a Rucksack

I can’t overemphasize the importance of having a good fitting, well packed rucksack and this “Tip” is to try to explain the best way of achieving this – Based on my own experiences of around 25 years of Long Distance walking, Trekking in Nepal and Camino Walking


First of all, choosing your rucksack.
Rucksacks come in many different shapes and sizes, so you need to have an idea of the volume of the equipment that you are going to carry, I have never seen any reason for buying an overly small rucksack, and then strapping extra items on the outside (Tents and Carry- Mats being the exception to this “rule”).
There are Rucksacks specifically designed for females (After all, Females and Males differ in shape so it’s Definitely not a “One Size Fits All”.
Many rucksacks have double entries and /or are compartmentalised, so these can be useful as you can keep lighter things like your sleeping bag in the bottom section, while still having it easily accessible at the end of a day’s walking without having to unpack the rest of your rucksack to get at it. The main downside is that you then can’t use a one piece rucksack liner.
Modern Rucksacks have several adjusting points so that you raise and lower the ride height, Lengthen and Shorten the shoulder straps, waist belt and chest strap, as well as adjustments to tension the sides to bring the bottom of the rucksack into the waist belt and also an adjustment to bring the top of the rucksack in towards your back. This all might sound a little confusing at first, so if you are at all unsure then it is worthwhile buying your rucksack from a reputable outdoor shop as then the assistant can explain what all the adjustments do as well as roughly fit your chosen back to your own body.

Posted by into-thin-air 08:55 Archived in Spain Tagged security backpacking airports airlines transit backpacks rucksacks

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Thanks Adam – I have lost count of the times when I have come across walkers with expensive rucksacks with technical carrying systems that were maladjusted causing the user a lot of problems – But, and after spending less than 10 minutes with them passing on a few simple tips and making a few minor adjustments, the problems were either elevated or at least diminished and everyone had a smile on their faces once more :-)

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