Summer 2021

How to Choose the Right Backpack

Whether it’s a camping trip, a hiking expedition, or your daily trip to campus, we’ve got the scoop on how to choose your perfect backpack for your everyday adventures.


Sport Day Packs: These everyday backpacks generally do not contain an internal frame. They are ideal for shorter trips, such as day hikes, or as a hands-free way to keep everything together while you’re on the go. 

Hiking Day Packs: These medium-to-large backpacks typically have internal frames, shoulder and sternum straps, and a hip belt to help evenly distribute weight between the upper and lower body. Other features of the Hiking Day Pack include reservoir compatibility, compression straps to tighten and balance a partial load, and a rain hood to keep your bag dry. 

Collegiate Day Packs: These medium backpacks may include features such as a padded laptop pouch, an audio port or a water bottle holder. These are perfect all-purpose packs for busy people on the move. 

Laptop Backpacks and Shoulder Bags: Designed for the student or work commuter, these professional looking bags have a clean design for transporting your personal laptop and office essentials. 

Expedition and Travel Packs: With their large capacity, these packs are essential for long trips under tough conditions. Features may include a zip-off day-pack or waist pack, rain hood, lightweight internal aluminum frames, adjustable hip belts, padded mesh backings, tool loops and bottom and top loading options. Make sure to check how much weight your backpack can hold to determine if it fits all your gear.

Hydration Reservoirs and Bladders: Sport and Hiking backpacks often have a built-in sleeve which holds a hydration reservoir/bladder. These packs offer the wearer a convenient spout to drink from without the need to open your bag and grab your water bottle. They should only be used exclusively in warm weather since they can freeze and crack at cooler temperatures.