If you’re serious about hiking, you’re going to want to get yourself a hiking backpack. “Why do you need a hiking backpack,” we hear you cry. Because without a hiking backpack, you’re going to have to carry your hiking gear around in a plastic shopping bag (which is neither a practical or stylish solution to your hiking backpack problem). We’re going to talk you through some hiking backpack basics in a bit but, if you’re in a hurry, please feel free to start scrolling through our ’10 of the best’ list…now.
Purchasing the right pair of hiking boots is probably your main priority when getting your hiking gear together, but getting yourself a good backpack should definitely be on your to-do list. If you’ve got this far through the post, it’s safe to assume that you’re not averse to the idea of purchasing a hiking backpack. Either that, or you just like clicking on things that start with the letter ‘H’ (like ‘Hiking backpacks: 10 of the best’, for example).
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When buying a hiking backpack, it’s important to consider things like weight distribution, storage volume, hydration systems, and how waterproof they are. Most hikers usually have two backpacks, one for day trips and one for a multi-day hike. There’s so many backpack options out there, in the camping shops and on the hiking gear websites, that it can all seem a little daunting initially. But fear not, you really have no reason to be frightened.