Backpack Weight Reviewed
A lot of emphasis is placed on backpack weight, yet little is discussed on the relationship of backpack weight and backpack fitting.
Having a lightweight backpack with insufficient strength of design, minimum padding, and limited features, is of little comfort when your backpack is not, or cannot be correctly fitted. It is far better to have a correctly fitted backpack, than a backpack that may be some 500 grams lighter. If fitted correctly the backpack will be easier to carry and this will greatly reduce physical fatigue. Here at White Mountain Backpacks™ we have recently (2012) correctly fitted quality
backpacks that were purchased in 1998, and have been in use all this time with internal staves that were completely straight, with no evidence of an attempt by the seller to fit the backpack.
Travel backpacks have also been discussed when we talk of weight, remember though, when we state the weight of a White Mountain travel backpack we include the removable daypack. The daypack can be as much as 750 grams of the total backpack weight.
In summary, much is blamed on the overall weight of the backpack rather than looking to having the backpack "correctly" fitted. A whole market has been created on lightweight backpacks without fully exploring the fact that a great deal of backpacks are sold without a correct fitting. Some of these backpacks are not able to be correctly fitted, are too large for the user, or have an internal stave that is so soft it cannot provide adequate support to the backpack. Fitting includes
removing and contouring the Internal Staves by a professional who will also provide to you, instruction of how to put on and take off your backpack to avoid back injury.