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  1. Are there backpacks that can carry my kid along with gear?
  2. Can I wear a backpack while pregnant?
  3. Are there hiking backpacks for dogs?
  4. Which brands have warranties on their backpacks?
  5. Is there a difference between unisex and women's backpacks?
  6. Do I need a different backpack for each outdoor activity?
  7. Do outdoor backpacks have a laptop sleeve?
  8. Can I use an outdoor backpack for student/commuter purposes as well?
  9. Can I use an outdoor backpack as a carry-on at the airport?
  10. Can I use an outdoor backpack as checked baggage at the airport?
  11. Can I put a backpack in the dryer?
  12. Will a colorful backpack bleed onto my clothes?
  13. Do outdoor backpacks come in stylish colors?
  14. Can I waterproof a backpack myself?
  15. Do hydration bladders/reservoirs come in different sizes?
  16. Do hiking backpacks come with a water bottle side mesh pocket?
  17. Can an outdoor backpack also function as a rolling backpack?
  18. Can a backpack rollup in itself to get smaller?
  19. Are all backpacks hydration bladder compatible?
  20. Can I bring my dog as I shop for my new outdoor backpack?
  21. Are there different kinds of hydration bladder backpacks?
  22. Are backpacks adjustable?
  23. Do hiking backpacks come with a water bottle side mesh pocket?

Are there backpacks that can carry my kid along with gear?

Yes, US Outdoor has baby carrier backpacks. These backpacks can carry some gear and your child.

Can I wear a backpack while pregnant?

Consult your doctor.

Are there hiking backpacks for dogs?

Yes! US Outdoor carries RuffWear, a brand that sells backpacks for dogs.

Which brands have warranties on their backpacks?

Osprey, Mountain Hardware, and The North Face have lifetime warranties. Check their websites for more details. Arc’tyrex has a 60 day warranty.

Is there a difference between unisex and women's backpacks?

Yes. A women’s backpack is a little narrower and will contour to the body more than a unisex backpack will.

Do I need a different backpack for each outdoor activity?

Depending on what you like to do, yes and no. If you typically go camping or hiking, two activities that are very similar, you probably don’t need a different backpack. If you enjoy cross-country skiing in the winter and rock-climbing in the summer, you’ll need different backpacks.

Do outdoor backpacks have a laptop sleeve?

Day packs commonly have a laptop sleeve. Outdoor backpacks typically don’t, but then again, a laptop has no place in the outdoors.

Can I use an outdoor backpack for student/commuter purposes as well?

Yes, day packs are the most versatile between small hikes and everyday use. Most day packs feature a laptop sleeve and are light enough to commute with everyday.

Can I use an outdoor backpack as a carry-on at the airport?

Yes, as long as the backpack is within the airline’s requirements. Some backpacks are specifically designed to be travel friendly by reducing the amount of unnecessary straps hanging off. The last thing you want to do is rip off a zipper that gets caught in the overhead bin on a plane. You can also invest in backpack covers that will keep anything that will snag contained.

Can I use an outdoor backpack as checked baggage at the airport?

Yes, as long as it follows the airline’s requirements. Again, you might want to invest in some backpack covers to protect any zippers or buckles hanging freely from the bag. And keep in mind that even if you treat your backpack luggage gently, airport employees might toss around the bag.

Can I put a backpack in the dryer?

No. Even for backpacks that can be machine washed, air dry is best.

Will a colorful backpack bleed onto my clothes?

It’s not common, but it can happen. Fjallraven for example, recommends that people rinse the kanken (a day pack) in lukewarm color to prevent color bleeding onto light colored clothes.

Do outdoor backpacks come in stylish colors?

Of course! Almost every backpack you’ll look at will come in multiple colors to suit your style, from bright oranges to muted browns.

Can I waterproof a backpack myself?

No. Even though there are DIYs out there on using wax to waterproof a bag, it is better to just buy a water resistant backpack. The water resistant property will last longer and you don’t run the risk of damaging the material. You can also invest in backpack covers that will protect your bag and your gear from getting wet.

Do hydration bladders/reservoirs come in different sizes?

Yes! They come in a range of sizes from .5-3 liters.

Do hiking backpacks come with a water bottle side mesh pocket?

Some do, some don’t. It depends on your style.

Can an outdoor backpack also function as a rolling backpack?

No.

Can a backpack rollup in itself to get smaller?

This feature will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Just like how some jackets pack into their own pockets, some backpacks may just as well. We recommend consulting with one of our US Outdoor experts to find which pack best suits your needs.

Are all backpacks hydration bladder compatible?

Not all of them are, however most contemporary models have a specific compartment for hydration bladders. It should be a feature broadcast loud and clear on the manufacturer website, so read over the features on the pack that you're eyeballing or come on down to the US Outdoor shop and let one of our outdoor experts point you in the right direction.

Can I bring my dog as I shop for my new outdoor backpack?

Please do! We have lots of love for furry friends, and your dog may just make a new four-legged buddy while you do your shopping. A few of our staff members bring their dogs to work every day, so odds are high that your dog will get to meet one of them and get the full US Outdoor experience!

Are there different kinds of hydration bladder backpacks?

Bags with hydration bladders vary in size, shape and function depending on the activity that they're used for. For instance, a pack with a bladder for a runner will carry the bare essentials so as to not add unnecessary weight to the runner. On the other hand, a daypack may have a larger bladder for longer journeys, with a smaller concern about weight. If you're looking for a hydration pack for your specific activity, our experts can help you find it.

Are backpacks adjustable?

Backpacks are completely adjustable via a system of straps and clips, and each new backpack should be thoroughly tinkered with before you embark on your next journey. In addition to fit, finding your sweet spot for adjustments is crucial when you're putting in miles on or off the trail. Comfort and safety are key while backpacking, and you need your gear to work for you rather than against you.

Do hiking backpacks come with a water bottle side mesh pocket?

Most of them do, however this feature does vary from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer. Some packs have a cinched top design without sleeves or pockets, while others take a tactile approach with an abundance of organizational tools to help you on your journey. The side mesh pockets are easily identifiable and if they are a priority for you when choosing a pack, we recommend checking out the back/sides right away to see if the pack that you're looking at features them. Additionally, these side pockets often serve to store much more than water bottles. They can hold fuel for food prep, tools for the trail, or snacks while on the go.