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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 ...
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Can I use a garbage bag to approximate pack size

I am planning my first multi-day hike. I haven't selected a pack yet. I do not know which size pack I need. I see that packs are rated in liters. That got me thinking since some white garbage bags are ...
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How should a backpack be carried to keep from injuring the spine?

For example, which recommendations should backpackers follow while carrying heavy weights, and should backpack straps be tightened or loosened?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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To pack Vertical or Horizontal?

I always wonder, in what way I can pack my things so that the weight distribution will be good and I can find it handy to get the things quickly instead of unpacking the entire backpack. I know that ...
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Combine backpack and back protection when snowboarding?

In the past I have mostly been snowboarding with a simple every-day backpack to hold some lunch and other small stuff. But since it's very loose, not waterproof and not spacious enough sometimes I'm ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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How do I properly use the cinch-straps that came with my daypack?

I just purchased a daypack to stuff inside my larger backpack while travelling. It came with cinch-straps but I'm not sure of the proper way to use them (if there is one). The daypack is a North ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Ways of attaching a DSLR on a ACT Trail 32 backpack

I am looking into ways of attaching my Canon 7D anywhere onto my backpack (http://www.deuter.com/US/us/hiking/act-trail-32-34432-119.html) as it will not fit inside. It will be mounted with a lens ...
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What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?

I'm in the market for a backpack for fast paced multi-day hiking (away from food up to 1 week). I've tried some of the really big backpacks (65L) and found the padding bulky. I've tried some good ones ...
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How to improvise heavy rain protection for a backpack?

Heavy rain can soak all of your gear. There are some things that you don't ever want to get wet, like your camera. I've learned to protect those things with string bags, which are light and I always ...
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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 ...
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Backpack is moving from side to side when I walk - is that the way it's supposed to be?

My backpack (Osprey Aether 70L) is moving from left to right slightly, albeit annoyingly, when I walk. I believe I adjusted the harness correctly, following the manufacturer's instructions here. If I ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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?...
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What is the difference in terms of application of a rucksack with greater than 50L capacity?

I am looking to buy a rucksack. I want to move quickly and pack minimally on a week-10 day long trip so I"m tempted by packs around the 45-55L range. However, I want to get a pack that is also ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Choosing a backpack size between small and medium, which is preferable?

After reviewing many backpacks, both online and in person, Iv'e decided that I want the Osprey exos 48. Unfortunately, the only Osprey dealer in my area carries only the exos 58, and they had it only ...
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Help needed in selecting the right backpack [closed]

I wanted to buy a new backpack. I like one particular one (mainly due to the price) but the problem is i do not know that will i be able to tie my sleeping bag or sleeping mat to its bottom. I know ...
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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 ...
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How do I pack a mummy type sleeping bag in a M10 or M28 haversack?

It is fairly easy to pack a blanket or a small sleeping bag in a haversack, but in cold weather, one would sometimes like to have a warmer bag. A mummy type sleeping bag usually does not roll up ...
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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 ...
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How can I make a pack basket for a backpack?

I was looking at youtube videos and I want a pack basket for backpacking. I don't want to weave one myself, and ones that are made by a professional can be $200. I saw some videos where people made ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to do maintenance for a trekking backpack?

How should I maintain my trekking backpack? Are there things I should do/regularly? How should I clean it, if necessary? How should I store it? This question is related: Taking care of hiking ...
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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 ...
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Osprey Atmos AG 50 raincover

I have Osprey Atmos AG 50 and I am trying to buy a rain cover for it. There are two sizes in Ultralight rain cover model.One is 'M' size (upto 50 L) and another is 'L' size (50-75 L). Have anyone ...
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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 ...
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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?
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Add more external space to my ACT Trail 32

I would like to add a bit more space (any way is acceptable) to my Deuter ACT Trail 32. http://www.deuter.com/US/us/hiking/act-trail-32-34432-119.html I do understand it will not be a permament ...
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Is it worth it to switch from Osprey Atmos to Exos to save weight? [closed]

My wife and I started hiking this season (we have been cycling for 10 years before that). We have pretty light and compact gear, except for the backpack. We carried Osprey Atmos 50 and Osprey Talon 22 ...
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Differences between Fjällräven's men and women backpacks [duplicate]

I'm looking for a Keb 52 backpack but can only find the women's model where I am (and I'm a 190cm-tall man). Here are the specs for the men's and women's models on Fjällräven's website: Men model: ...
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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?
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How can I reduce the pressure of backpack straps on my collarbone, perhaps by fixing padding to the strap?

As some of you who are also active on bicycles.se may know, I broke my collarbone in a bike crash last year, and it's now got a titanium plate in there. I'm not sure whether it's the plate or not, ...
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How can I keep the loose ends of backpack straps from blowing around? [duplicate]

I love my Osprey backpack but the waist belt is too long so the extra strapping ends up being about 2' long and annoying. I've avoided cutting it and have been tucking it into a pocket on the waste ...