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

I've hiked a lot with a lot of female trekkers. And I've never seen women trekkers having any problem with any unisex/male backpacks. Most of the manufacturers keep the chest straps adjustable so that ...
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Any reason to carry a mug outside of the backpack?

A mug outside the backpack is far easier to reach. In some areas, you will pass streams very often. During my first ever backpacking trip, with a group of Swedish people hiking Kaisepakte – ...
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Men using a women's trekking backpack

The short answer is, "it depends". Packs sold to women may have only superficial changes compared to the men's version (i.e. the color is different), but there are usually a few common differences: ...
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Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

Yes there are increased risks associated with riding a lift while wearing a pack Hangups The first major risk, mentioned by Paparazzi, is hangups. These occur anytime the pack becomes entangled in ...
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Why are backpacks sized in liters?

Because the characteristic of a backpack in question is volume or how much content it can hold, not mass. An extreme example: If I fill lead into a 20l pack, I get ~225kg, if I fill styropor into a ...
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As a tall female should I be looking at male or female backpacks?

To me the first and foremost concern would be comfort and carrying capacity. Everything else is only considered after those 2. I recently went shopping for backpacks with my girlfriend and we noticed ...
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What is the best way to figure out the size/volume of an old pack?

Put a garbage bag in the pack, with the open top of the garbage bag sticking out of the pack. Pour water into the garbage bag one liter at a time, keep track of how many liters of water you use. ...
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How can I measure pack volume?

Put a large trash bag (bin liner) into your bag. (Double bag it if you feel the need.) Fill the trash bag with water, either using a measured container to fill it until you reach the top of your bag, ...
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How can I fix joint between shoulder strap and chest strap?

One solution, if you don't need the strap to be adjustable along the piping (vertically), is to remove the plastic clip and sew the chest strap to the shoulder strap, in the right place for you. Any ...
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Is it unsafe to ride the chair lift with a backpack?

With a dash of common sense, and a modicum of skill I'd say packs are safe on a chairlift. One winter I skied over 100 days at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I wore a pack the vast majority of those ...
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What are the easiest methods to carry a backpack when cycling?

The easiest way to carry a backpack is on your back. If you're looking for a bag for cycling, then you either need to invest in some pannier bags, or some bikepacks: I have a 20L Revelate seat bag on ...
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Any reason to carry a mug outside of the backpack?

If your mug is wet, why would you put it inside? If you like a hot drink while packing up, you might have a wet (or even dirty) mug after you've packed anything on which you might dry it. If you do ...
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Any reason to carry a mug outside of the backpack?

Personally I don't do that, because having something clanging against my pack (or my back) all day is guaranteed to drive me insane. Eating equipment goes inside my pack, along with stoves. If I ...
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How to determine the needed volume size when purchasing a backpack?

What you need is quite individual and the best way to tell what works for you is from your own experience. Some ultralight backpackers use backpacks that I would personally consider impossibly light ...
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How much should your backpack weigh?

First, what are your priorities? At one end of the scale you have fastpackers who aim to cover as much ground as possible and damn the discomfort. At the other end, you have people who want to hike a ...
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What could I keep in rucksack hip pocket?

I use my hip pockets mostly for holding snacks or other items that I want regular and immediate access to. When I go out on a hike I pack both hip pockets full of granola bars and other goodies, ...
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How can I keep my backpack from resting directly against my back?

I found a solution! I have a Frost River Arrowhead Trail (roll top) canvas backpack that was posing the same sweaty problem when taking it on hikes. You can find several makers of beaded (wooden) ...
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How do you lower a backpack over a cliff without damaging it?

I'm gonna offer a super-cheap and quick workaround for the problem: Bring along an IKEA bag (assuming there are IKEAs where you live). They are basically very large shopping bags made out of very ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

It depends largely on the hammock size and personal preference. My friend's hammock has mesh gear pockets on the underside for storage, but he doesn't mind sleeping with the boots on or inside the ...
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Why are backpacks sized in liters?

Luggage is usually chosen on its size, not on the weight it can transport. Liters are a measure of size, kilos are a measure of weight. To me it is harder to convert a given weight in a certain ...
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What is the best way to figure out the size/volume of an old pack?

There's zero industry standardization for calculating the volume of a bag, and there are numerous factors that affect the total volume - like how many pockets/compartments are in the bag and, and the ...
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How can I fix joint between shoulder strap and chest strap?

Those clips do come off, and in many designs you'd be able to thread them back on from the end. It is possible to clip them back on though. The way I've found works is to gently prise open one end ...
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What are some good tips and techniques for packing a backpack?

OK, so here's a completely different take on this. I'm an enthusiastic customer of Aarn Packs - a specialist New Zealand company. They are one of the few manufacturers to explore load carrying from ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

Having been in the same situation and tried various scenarios, I've found the best way for hanging my boots is to keep a carabiner with me. I hook it on the loops on the back of my boots and hang that ...
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What is this brown dust/powder inside my old pack?

As a tailor, I would say that it is either the water proofing is breaking down or if it contains a fabric glue binding two types of fabric together is disintegrating. This is almost impossible to ...
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As a tall female should I be looking at male or female backpacks?

Having worked in the industry for over 10 years, I can give the following insight. A persons' height is not the deciding factor but rather their hip to shoulder back measurement. You can be a tall ...
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Why do almost all backpacking packs have top compartment ("brain compartment") zippers facing backwards?

While I don't have a definitive answer, I do have a few anecdotal / personal experience reasons to prefer the zipper across the back. In order to keep terminology consistent, the "back of the pack" ...
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Is there a universal patch that signifies Food/Rations?

In other contexts a knife and fork icon (or fork and spoon e.g. on UK motorway service signs) is widely used, but I'm a little reluctant to propose it here, as it could equally mean cutlery, or more ...
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What do you call the criss-crossed elastic strap on this Northface backpack?

Shock cord If you're looking to replace it, many retailers list it as a shock cord.
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How to attach snowboard to backpack during skitour?

There are three important aspects: Maneuverability, exposure to wind and firm attachment. The optimal orientation for all of those is vertical. Most of the board is then covered by the body so there ...
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