Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to start planning for fun, exciting activities in the outdoors. This also means you have to start shopping for the ideal hiking backpack, and if you’re like me, you just have to make sure that you’re shopping specifically for discount hiking backpacks that won’t compromise quality for a low price. First things first, though, you have to choose between the two different types of backpacks for your needs: An internal frame backpack or an external frame one?
Internal frame backpacks are more appropriate for women or men with small statures, since internal frame backpacks keep all the weight centered at the bottom and won’t alter your center of balance. The mostly moldable frame also means it will conform closely to the wearer’s body, resulting in a much smaller overall size of the hiker and decreased possibilities of the bag snagging branches and hitting low obstacles. Last but not the least, they tend to be lighter than external frame backpacks. I found that a lot of supposedly discount hiking backpacks have inexpensive tags not because they’re sold cheap, but because they are very small and priced according to size, so be wary.
External backpacks on the other hand, can generally carry heavier loads. Packing in items is easier as well, as external frame packs are much more forgiving with awkwardly shaped items. Aside from its versatility, these backpacks tend to be more durable and last much longer than its internal frame counterparts, and last but not the least, external frame packs are usually less expensive than similarly sized internal frame backpacks, which means most discount hiking backpacks you will find have external frames.
As mentioned before, people with smaller statures will have a much easier time using internal frame backpacks, as they are generally smaller in size and will provide a more stable load than its external frame counterpart. External frame packs also have less women friendly features such as hip belt and awkward shoulder strap placements. Women in general should choose internal frame backpacks. Fortunately, there are more internal frame backpacks now than external ones, and you stand a greater chance of finding discount hiking backpacks for women.
Men with bulky frames will gravitate more towards external frame backpacks, since these types are considered manlier than the comparatively smaller internal framed ones, and will generally offer more space for all of their items. It’s relatively cheap price makes it even more appealing to budget-conscious men, and chances are discounted hiking backpacks are easy to find despite a smaller number made.
Once you’ve made your choice of backpacks based on your body size, budget (be careful about choosing discounted hiking backpacks, make sure it’s not discounted because of factory defects or compromised quality), and specific compartment needs (don’t forget about the look as well), you are ready to start planning for your outdoor camping or hiking trip. Just make sure to bring all the necessary items for a safe trip, and always plan for the worst while hoping for the best. The beautiful outdoors and its many exciting facets are waiting for you.