Choosing and Purchasing a Backpack
Choosing the right backpack may at first seem confusing, especially
when reviewing the vast selection of backpacks available on the
market locally and internationally. This might be your first impression,
especially if you are unsure of what type of backpack you should
be considering. The purpose of this website is to help you understand
which backpack type, size, capacity and features are best suited
to your purpose. With internal frame backpacks, you need to consider
your Torso Length and what harness system best suits your needs.
Too often I have encountered people who aren't getting the most
out of their backpack because of incorrect choice, improper fit,
improper use, wrong size (capacity and length of backpack), incorrect
adjustments, or most importantly a poorly designed harness system.
There may not be one backpack that will do everything you want,
a backpack best suited for a day trip would not suffice on an extended
hike. Having an understanding of the primary use of the backpack
will narrow down the number of backpacks to consider. The first
considerations should be a choice of a Daypack, Travel Pack, Hybrid
Pack, or Hike Pack. Then you will need to choose a suitable backpack
for Day, Overnight, Long, or Extended Trips. An experienced seller
of backpacks should be able to assist in these first considerations.
Backpacks have evolved a great deal over the years and have improved
considerably on the earlier external frame backpacks. On the earlier
external frame backpacks you would be searching for padding to place
on the shoulder straps, to ease the pressure, prevent rubbing and
ease pain on the shoulders. The hip belt, if you were lucky enough
to have one, would do little in preventing lower pack movement,
or reducing the weight on the shoulders and would often result in
subsequent chaffing of the flesh on the lower back and damage to
the soft tissue above the hipbone. Today design is about comfortably
wearing the backpack, not simply bearing the backpack.
There is an old adage of "you get what you pay for", however
this is not always true especially with backpacks. Backpacks that
are more expensive are generally of better workmanship, better technology,
of better design and constructed of higher quality materials. This
does not mean that expensive backpacks are the best backpacks, nor
your only choice, as paying high prices for known brand names, exclusive
in store brands, or locally manufactured products is not your only
Beware of Gear Surveys
We have seen:
- Polyester and Nylon material of identical weight with the
same durability rating.
- The same identical backpacks in two brand names rated very
- Backpacks from the same factory of identical construction
and materials given extraordinarily different ratings.
- Backpacks of identical construction and materials given
different water resistance ratings.
- Backpacks taken for field testing and the harness rated
without the frames professionally contoured and the backpack
correctly adjusted and fitted.
- Volumes stated as per the suppliers specifications without
- Weights stated as per the suppliers specifications without
- Fabrics listed as Canvas and then Synthetic, without specifying
the difference between these Canvas and Synthetic materials,
and there is a huge difference.
- Backpacks rated without being seen by the person rating
- Often no explanation of the testing procedures to procure
the difference between the ratings of each product.
- Backpacks from the same supplier with two different levels
of harness systems rated the same.
- Backpacks that sell for unreasonably high prices rated as
So how do you assess a good backpack?
Talk to people you know and trust on their recommendation for a
good backpack, visit online outdoor forums, and only select a reputable
brand of backpack. Be certain that the recommended backpacks are
FITTED CORRECTLY and properly customised. Even the best backpack
will not feel comfortable nor perform well if not customised to
the individual. When considering a backpack purchase, make sure
that the backpack is from a company that has a reputation for functionality
and quality, that it is supported by a substantial guarantee on
material and manufacturing faults, that there is a customer service
department and a high level of support. If not, BUY ANOTHER BRAND.
If the company does not provide you with explicit instructions on
fitting your backpack, or cannot professionally customise your choice
of backpack including removing and customising the internal staves,
then consider Shopping Elsewhere.
White Mountain Backpacks™ in Australia
A clear understanding of the modern backpack and the information
within this website will place you at an advantage when making your
own personal selection. The White Mountain™ Website has been
provided to assist you in making the right selection whatever the
brand of backpack you purchase, and if you need assistance please
contact us for more information.
Please review the information in this website and consider a
White Mountain™ backpack for you next purchase. White Mountain™
only manufacture and sell backpacks, and this has been our business
for more than 30 years. White Mountain™ prides itself at providing
high quality, high functioning, and custom fitted backpacks at the
World's Best Prices.