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How To Choose The Best Backpack For Camping (And A Giveaway)

how to choose the best backpack

If you’ve ever carried the wrong sized luggage then you’ll understand why it’s so important to know what you are looking for when it comes to choosing the best backpack. This is particularly important when it comes to camping or hiking as you will be going quite some distance by foot, so getting it right is even more important. Here we give you a round-up of our top tips to consider and have a fantastic giveaway for you to enter.

How To Choose The Best Backpack For You

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do you like to pack – do you need a lot of space?
  • How comfortable do you need it to be – is this more important to you than the space you have?
  • How long are you going? Will you be doing short and long trips? You may need two types of packs.
  • How often will you be required to carry your pack? Does it need to be light?
  • What weather conditions will you be in? In the summer months you will be wearing lighter clothing and shoes so you will need less space for your gear.
  • Are you planning to become an ultra light backpacker? This is an activity which requires you to consider the gear you take with you with the aim of surviving on the bare minimum.
  • What capacity of pack will you need? The packsare sold with descriptions of their litre capacity, which will needto be increased or decreased depending on the season your trip is in. However, as a general rule:
    • Day or overnight (1-2 nights) 20-50 lt.
      Weekend (2-3 nights) 50-60 lt.
      Multi-day (2-5 nights) 60-80 lt.
      Extended (5+ nights) 80+ lt.
  • What is your torso length? This is the most important measurement when it comes to getting the right pack.
  • What adjustable elements do you need? E.g. waist strap, load lifting adjustments, etc?
  • What sections do you need? E.g. hydration reservoir, separate pockets to the main sections for certain tools you need, sleeping bag compartment, etc.
  • What material do you want it to be made of? This depends on the weather you will be experiencing and the weight of the pack you are willing to carry.

If you’re looking for a great all-rounder you can often end up with a substandard pack that’s neither well-equipped for your adventure or good looking enough to give you a buzz. The awesome Montane Cobra 25 ticks all of the boxes for versatility and quality and takes you everywhere from the local trails to the peaks of the highest mountains with complete confidence. We have a pack to give away from Blackleaf outdoor retailers to one lucky reader of Inspired Camping, further details are below.

Lightweight enough for the longest journeys yet durable enough for the toughest days outdoors, the Montane Cobra enjoys a host of features that make it the perfect choice for all kinds of adventures. Lots of internal space, DWR and tear resistant fabric, Moulded MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ for wicking away moisture and offering additional comfort; and they’re just the basics. This Montane pack also enjoys a Dual Tool system for attaching an ice axe and a walking pole, and an ultra tough, lightweight bottom panel which prevents abrasion against rock surfaces.

RRP £63.95


Sarah – Founder of Inspired Camping

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