When you’re looking for a rucksack, ensure you get one with an adjustable back. Most rucksacks have an adjustable back system or offer different sizes to fit your back length, as well as specific models for women.
A great feature to look for is side compression straps, these are designed to keep the load close to your back and keep everything stable and compact inside. They can also be used to secure tent or walking poles. Most rucksacks use durable fabrics in areas susceptible to wear and tear, with lighter fabrics used elsewhere to reduce the weight.
Look for a strong, well designed padded hip belt and shoulder straps that contour properly and offer a good degree of adjustment. The hip belt should carry 80% of the load so it is important that it fits properly, check out our rucksack fitting guide for step by step guidance on how to achieve the most comfortable fit or visit one of our stores for a free rucksack fitting service.
Once you’ve found your perfect pack, take a look at our handy guide on how to pack your rucksack correctly.
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