Which Backpack is Right for Me?

Last updated: May 11, 2018 at 14:32 pm

There are a wide range of backpacks on the market, ranging from small-capacity hydration packs to high-capacity backpacking rucksacks. Selecting the right design for you is easy when you know how and we’re going to run through some of the styles and the important factors to remember.


Factors Affecting Your Backpack Choice

Trip Length
Obviously, the longer you’ll be using it, the bigger the pack has to be.

Travel Style
Are you a lightweight hiker or a comprehensive camper? Your backpack should reflect your methods.

Body Shape
Backpacks are measured by the length of your torso. Some are adjustable for a tailored fit.

Hydration Pack

Hydration packs are the smallest style you’ll get and are made primarily to offer easy access to fluids on the go. They are the best choice for runners and cyclists spending several hours on the go who don’t want to be stopped in their tracks to keep their hydration levels in check.

  • Size
    Our hydration packs range from 6 to 22 litres, allowing space plenty of space for essentials.
  • Common Features
    Access for hydration bladder and tube, helmet carrier and lightweight mesh straps.
  • Pros
    Lightweight and streamlined, allowing rehydrating without having to stop, and tailored for cycling and running.
  • Cons
    Its small size limits time outdoors.


Daysacks are designed for a trip outdoors for several hours during the day. These vary depending on what you’re doing with your day; indeed, a walk in the park requires less gear than a mountain hike.

  • Size
    Daysacks can range from 15 to 30 litres and are perfect for day-to-day – as well as outdoor – use. Many people will use bigger packs for different activities and needs.
  • Common Features
    Compact design and several zip openings.
  • Pros
    Ideal for everyday use. Use one for a walk, bike ride, work, school and lots more activities.
  • Cons
    Not ideally suited for prolonged use at full capacity.


These heavy duty packs are designed for both long day hikes or in larger capacities for backpacking trips over several days or weeks. They are tough and built for being carried for hours at a time.

  • Size
    Rucksacks start at around 40 litres and our largest size is 85 litres, suited to a long backpacking trip when you need everything in one bag.
  • Common Features
    Flap-securing main compartment, hip belt, compression straps.
  • Pros
    Designed with a wide range of features for lengthy journeys and can carry outsized items on the outside.
  • Cons
    To allow for the large volume capacity, rucksacks are heavy and when full can be difficult to carry for long stretches at a time.

Additional Features

Once you know what style you want, you can look at features to ensure you get the perfect style to fit in with your needs.

  • Adjustable Torso
    Some packs, such as our Stratos 65 Litre Rucksack, are designed with an adjustable torso for it to fit better to your back. This is great for anyone who is particularly tall or short and wants to tailor the fit.
  • Mesh Back Support
    Most rucksacks and packs will have cushioned back supports for comfort. Some though, like our Circul8 Mens 30 Litre Rucksack, have a springy mesh section that allows air to flow between the bag and your back – perfect for keeping cool in warm climates.
  • Hydration Access
    While all hydration packs are designed for use with a hydration bladder, some of our bigger packs are too, such as the Skyfall Womens 35 Litre Pink Rucksack.
  • Lower Main Compartment Access
    Our Hike 60 Litre Silver Rucksack is one option that features a second access point to the main compartment at the base, allowing you to get to reach for items at the bottom of the pack without emptying everything first.

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