Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [backpacks]

Anything on backpacks, as a piece of equipment, its maintenance, modifications and tricks.

0
votes
0answers
36 views

Sweaty back and backpacks [duplicate]

I usually sweat a great deal and when I am walking with only a t-shirt and my backpack, it gets worse as the back of my shirt has no airflow due to the backpack. So I spend about half of my walks with ...
7
votes
7answers
3k views

What could I keep in rucksack hip pocket?

My rucksack has a small pocket on the hip belt, but I can’t think of anything useful to keep in it while day hiking. What types of things is such a pocket intended for? If there is no common purpose ...
3
votes
1answer
118 views

What's this backpack part called and how can I get a replacement?

This is part of the chest strap of an Altura Morph backpack/pannier that I use for commuting. I've lost half the strap and one of my bikes can't take a pannier rack so I use backpack mode on that ...
2
votes
1answer
107 views

How to fix camping tent properly on LowePro Photosport BP 300 AW II

I have LowePro Photosport BP 300 AW II backpack for hiking and a camera. The old model of this bag had the proper straps to fix the tent but in the new model (which I have), I don't know how do I ...
4
votes
2answers
110 views

How do I weave the backpack shoulder straps when there are two strap adjusters?

I've attached a picture, I got this used backpack (Dana Design Arcflex Astraplane) and I'm trying to figure out the straps on this thing. I noticed there are two strap adjusters on the top.. are they ...
7
votes
1answer
226 views

Why do almost all backpacking packs have top compartment (“brain compartment”) zippers facing backwards?

According to this answer to "what gear should go in the brain (top most compartment)", the brain compartment usually ends up becoming the knick-knack / catch-all pocket, for small items items that ...
7
votes
2answers
180 views

Can you attach a non-load bearing hip/waist belt to an existing bag?

Is there a way to upgrade a bag to have hip belts? If so what should I look for in identifying a good product to fill this niche? Something like this but a hip belt I would prefer not to have to ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

How to repair backpack inside surface? [duplicate]

I have a backpack that is about fifteen years old. The interior surface becomes a little sticky from the deterioration of the coating or material. How to repair this?
44
votes
8answers
12k views

As a tall female should I be looking at male or female backpacks?

When buying stuff I have never cared whether a specific thing is a female or a male model. All I care about is the fit. Since I am tall, a lot of female oriented equipment, e.g. skis, wouldn't even ...
12
votes
2answers
166 views

Backpack for both ice tools and snow shoes

Are there backpack types/systems that would allow to both conveniently carry snowshoes and ice tools? I always find that packs with good ice tool attachment system simply have no place for snowshoes....
4
votes
1answer
93 views

Where to find the front worn bags/pouches that ESF instructors wear

I just got back from some time skiing, during which I wore a backpack to carry my off piste gear and water, etc. I saw many of the ESF (École du Ski Français) instructors wearing front mounted pouches ...
6
votes
3answers
296 views

When backpacking, what gear should go in the brain(top most compartment) instead of the main compartment?

Most backpacking backpacks have both a big main compartment and a "brain" which goes over the top of the main compartment. Image source When packing, which gear should go into the brain?
14
votes
5answers
3k views

What is the best way to figure out the size/volume of an old pack?

I have a North Face Big Shot backpack that I purchased around 2003. It was a great general purpose backpack that I used for day hikes, rock climbing, and traveling. Unfortunately time and the abuse I'...
9
votes
2answers
358 views

Why are backpacks sized in liters?

Backpacks that we use are typically categorized in litres (Or liters if you are an American English follower). Whats is the point? Why don't we have backpacks that are categorized as for example 70 ...
4
votes
1answer
156 views

Hiding backpack waistband

I just got this backpack but noticed that the waistband can't be concealed when not being used. It is the one with a large buckle in the bottom of the picture below. Since I plan to use it ...
9
votes
2answers
458 views

What is the life expectancy of an avalanche airbag backpack?

I am evaluating the acquisition of a backpack with an avalanche airbag. I have a good overview of the different technologies and of the products on the market. However, I find no information from ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Inside waterproof coating of backpack has become sticky

I have a 50-liter backpack which I used very little and that afterwards was kept stored for more than 10 years. Today I noticed that some parts inside, I think the waterproof coating, has become ...
7
votes
1answer
170 views

Adding extra hydration to a CamelBak backpack

I've had a CamelBak backpack for years (a Rim Runner that I bought in 2005), and for Christmas treated myself to a new MilTac H.A.W.G. as one of the zips on the old Rim Runner was starting to break ...
4
votes
1answer
250 views

What would make my backpack uncomfortable?

I like to carry a daypack that doubles up as a travel bag for a 2-3 day trip, so I don't have to repack my work gear into a travel bag. Last year I found an excellent candidate in the Osprey Radial 34 ...
4
votes
2answers
496 views

Can anyone identify this JanSport external frame backpack?

UPDATE - 26 OCTOBER 2017 I just received an email from JanSport Customer Service (after I had sent them the pictures you see below). They still maintain that the subject backpack is a Cascade model. ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

How can I attach a patch to a nylon backpack?

I recently got my new Osprey Atmos 65, and I really want to attach some patches that I bought online. Will normal iron patches work or can I sew them on instead? Will it damage the backpack?
5
votes
1answer
982 views

How to get mould out of rucksack?

I have just pulled my old Molle rucksack (5.11 Rush 72) out of storage and it is has a white/grey mould running through the fabric. What is the best way to make this rucksack suitable for use again?...
11
votes
2answers
940 views

How is a backpack supposed to fit on the shoulder?

I'm sorry if this question has been asked before or if it's a very vague question, but I'm just in the process of buying a new backpack for myself and I'm confused about how it's supposed to fit on ...
4
votes
2answers
472 views

What is the use of this cord on my backpack?

I have a feeling this can come in handy but I don't know why exactly has this been provided.
6
votes
1answer
457 views

What is this brown dust/powder inside my old pack?

I have a Lowe Aline Attack 50 pack from around 2000 and recently much of the inside has accumulated a sort of brown powder that is either, I suspect, some kind of mildew, or the remains of the ...
12
votes
3answers
262 views

Rigs for carrying axes and machetes

When I go trail-clearing I generally carry two machetes and a felling ax, but I haven't found a practical way to sling them so I can work with one without taking off the other tools. The machetes ...
5
votes
3answers
285 views

Are cheap Packable Backpacks reliable enough for a long day strenuous hike?

I will be going to a series of 6 to 10 hours day hikes in Hokkaido, Japan. Some of these hikes are strenuous in effort, and involves different terrains. The weather should include some rain, but for ...
15
votes
4answers
442 views

What type of jacket can I wear to prevent my back from getting sweaty while also wearing a backpack?

I use a backpack to commute on foot. It has one vent channel on the back to cool the back, but the problem I think is my shell. Heat builds up on my back and I get sweaty. As a cyclist, I have a ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

How to determine the needed volume size when purchasing a backpack?

In addition to sizes for different sizes of people, backpacks also have a volume size, usually given in liters or cubic inches, as a measure of how much stuff the backpack can hold. How can I ...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

What are these loops on my backpack for?

On either side of my backpack, I have a loop with some kind of locking mechanism on them. They look like this: They are placed on the upper center of my backpack: The plastic bit at the end can be ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Carrying skis attached to backpack

I am getting back country skis and was thinking of doing some trips where the hike up is too steep to do on skis. I was wondering what are some good ways of attaching skis to a backpack. I came across ...
26
votes
7answers
7k views

Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

I like the convenience of having a backpack when I ski. Last winter one of the lifties at the local ski hill gave me guff about my backpack, claiming that it was unsafe. I wore the same backpack ...
12
votes
1answer
296 views

Best knot (hitch) to backpack webbing

I've been tying a simple shoelace knot for this, however I'm worried it will eventually become loose and come apart all together - especially when on the outside of the backpack. I am looking for a ...
6
votes
2answers
440 views

What does the three different volume specifications mean for the Gregory Whitney backpack?

REI's web page for the Gregory Whitney backpack lists its volume as 87 / 95 / 103 liter What do you think this exactly mean? Does the backpack have three different ways to use with these different ...
11
votes
6answers
1k views

Carrying small game while hunting on foot?

I like to hunt on foot, walking through the desert. I mostly shoot jackrabbits since those are plentiful in my area. However, I still haven't found a good system for carrying the animals back to the ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

What is a realistic weight for a week long hike? [duplicate]

I'm looking to do some hiking and wild camping before the end of the British summer, I'm happy with the contents of my kit and the items I'm taking but I'm not sure how realistic it is to be carrying ...
18
votes
4answers
4k views

How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

I'm contemplating using a hammock for my next trip, usually I'd keep my backpack and boots with me inside when I sleep to keep them dry. Is there room in a hammock for a backpack and boots? Or is it ...
10
votes
1answer
611 views

Which size back pack if between sizes

I am looking to get a new Day/Weekend Pack. I have been looking at few in the 32-35L range but I a noticed that at least with Osprey packs I am right in between their S/M and their M/L. I have a 19in ...
5
votes
4answers
524 views

What is this miniature backpack called?

When I was in Japan I bought this miniature backpack, about the size of a wallet. The sporting good store was in Ochanomizu (御茶ノ水). It lasted me about 5 years. Now I am back in the United States ...
6
votes
1answer
152 views

Does a backpack negatively influence my archery shooting?

Last weekend I've shot with a backpack for the very first time. I ordered one which is able to hold my quiver and my bow to hike'n'archer :) However, I suddenly shot like 250 points were I normally ...
17
votes
4answers
701 views

How do you lower a backpack over a cliff without damaging it?

I was backpacking in Coyote Gulch, Utah this past week and ran into an issue with my 70 liter backpack. The entrance to the gulch through "Crack in the Wall" was a narrow "slot" entry, so the ...
12
votes
2answers
2k views

How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

I'm a snowboarder. In preparation for a skitour trip, I was on the lookout for splitboards. But it turns out that even renting them can be a bit of a hassle and/or is quite expensive. As availability ...
13
votes
2answers
3k views

Men using a women's trekking backpack

I'm planning a trekking in Torres del Paine (Chile) and El Chaten (Argentina) and my actual backpack has 50l and I'm afraid 50l isn't enough for a 20 day trip with 10 days trekking. A friend of mine ...
15
votes
6answers
10k views

What are the easiest methods to carry a backpack when cycling?

This question might be flanked by The Great Outdoors and Bicycles, yet I'll ask. When I am off for a mountain-biking thing, I usually have a backpack with me which contains clothing, medical kit, ...
26
votes
5answers
6k views

Any reason to carry a mug outside of the backpack?

We all know this typical Hollywood hiking backpack with an attached sleeping bag and a dangling camping mug. As I currently build a custom backpack, I wondered if there is any good reason to leave ...
6
votes
3answers
626 views

How to correctly wear a backpack [closed]

I've often thought about if there is a thumb rule how to wear a backpack comfy and safe. Where should it sit on the back to be ergonomic etc.? How do I adjust the shoulder, hip and chest straps to ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Backpack with rifle/bow holder without camo?

The answer to this question states that one may want to use a backpack with the possibility to attach a bow or a rifle. I use a pack similar to this one... RedHead Primal Bow/Rifle Pack ...
20
votes
6answers
4k views

Repair broken plastic buckle in the middle of hiking or alternative way to fix it

A month ago while hiking my 60 liter bag packs main Shoulder strap got broken at the very first hour of 4 day high altitude trek in a dense forest. I have tied a knot in that area and because of that ...
17
votes
5answers
2k views

Why are backpacks mostly not made of waterproof material?

Many bicycle panniers are made of waterproof material. Backpacks are not, necessitating built-in or separate raincovers. Why don't backpacks use the material that waterproof panniers do? Unlike ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

What do you call the bags which help organize items inside a backpack?

I'm a beginner to hiking. Last time, I had trouble easily accessing my stuff. Putting things inside the pack was also taking nearly an hour of my time. The problem is that I have to empty the ...