The Hunter's Backpack
When thinking about hunting the first thing coming up to mind is outdoors, adventure, nature contact and adrenaline but most of newbies does not realize that even when all the above is true, hunting is also a matter of survival.
Far from being successfully catching an animal, the main objective is to go out and come back in one piece, and much of it depends of our gear, particularly the backpack.
When out there our backpack is absolutely ALL for us, in fact our live is on it. The backpack will have our food, drink, hunting gear, sleeping system and so on; in a few words: everything we need when hunting is inside the backpack.
With such a huge importance, reliability and resistance of this apparel have a key role on our hunting trip, hence it's mandatory to invest some time (and even some money too) in order to count with the best available backpack for hunting.
But ... How does the best backpack look like?
Well, essentially it's important to consider three key points: Size, Frame Robustness and Load Capability.
It's hard to say which is the best size but usually a 4500 to 6000 cubic inches is enough space to carry just what we'll need (and no more than it) out in nature. A smaller backpack may be insufficient while a bigger one might lead to an overload.
Regarding the frame robustness it's mandatory to count with a solid frame, if in addition it's lightweighted, even better! The backpack frame will deal with all the load weight aside of being a kind of shield between our body and the environment, so in case of a fall, a hit or any other problem, the frame must be hard enough to keep in one piece, otherwise we will be in big trouble.
If size and frame are correct, last thing to care about is load capability. On this regard everything is on the manufacturing materials. It's not the same 6000 cubic feet of cotton than stone, so a proper size does not mean enough resistance and load capability, and this is a major concern when we are out.
Synthetic, coated materials usually gives to the backpack enough resistance to deal with the load, the ideal average weight that a backpack will handle is between 30 and 50 pounds, so we must be sure to choose a strong enough pack.
Finally, once every technical detail is covered, next step is to take care about comfort.
We will be carrying the backpack for long distances between 2 and 3 days and sometimes even more, so comfort is a plus to keep moving forward without discomfort.
The main two features to look at when talking about backpack comfort are padded back and adjustable straps; both of them leading to an ergonomic fit of the backpack on our body without being harmfull.
Now that you know how the best backpack looks like ... Are you ready to fill it with the proper gear?