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  1. Why should I get an outdoor backpack for camping and hiking instead of a normal one?
  2. Why is there a seperate compartment attached to the top of my backpack?
  3. Why are some backpacks more expensive?
  4. Why are some same-size backpacks lighter or heavier?
  5. Why do I need a rain cover for some backpacks?
  6. Why are there different sizes and frames?
  7. Why do some have a hipbelt?
  8. Why is my backpack so uncomfortable?
  9. Why do I need a backpack?
  10. Why is there a 2nd zipper on bottom?
  11. Why can't I ever find my keys in my backpack?

Why should I get an outdoor backpack for camping and hiking instead of a normal one?

While a regular pack might do the job for commuting to work or heading off to school, a bag specifically built to thrive in the outdoors will aleviate mental stress while doing wonders for your body. Sheer volume aside, backpacking bags or smaller outdoor oriented backpacks frequently include valuable features that will enhance your experience while protecting your gear. Ventilated back panels, waterproof materials and gravity-centering hip belts are just some of the handy features that set these bags apart from standard day-to-day bags. By setting yourself up with a reliable pack that is designed to function in the outdoors, you'll be giving yourself not only comfort and convenience, but lasting piece of mind.

Why is there a seperate compartment attached to the top of my backpack?

While this special compartment may seem like a dedicated space for your to store all of your snacks that you want to take along with you on the journey, it is actually what differentiates a daypack from a backpack. This compartment is often detachable and can be used to accompany you on smaller journeys around the campsite. Leave your main pack in a secure location and enjoy lightweight travel with the super convenient crossbody bag construction offered with the daypack.

Why are some backpacks more expensive?

Price will vary by manufacturer, however often times there is a direct correlation between price and features provided on the backpack in question. For instance, a cheaper backpack might not have the structure or pockets of a more expensive model. Perhaps cheaper materials were used in the construction of the bag or certain technologies were not implemented when it was being designed. These features (or lack of) can provide you with comfort or discomfort, convenience or annoyance while on your journey. It's important to take your time to find the perfect pack that fits your budget as well as your needs while out in the field.

Why are some same-size backpacks lighter or heavier?

Weight can vary between backpacks of similar sizes due to features such as compartments, frame/structure and features. Think about it this way: if your car features big fancy tires and a futuristic computer system on the inside, it's going to weigh more than the car that doesn't include these offerings. Your pack is the same. What you may receive in terms of convenience may compromise another aspect of your kit - in this situation, weight. Consult with any of our outdoor professionals at US Outdoor to see what is best for your unique needs!

Why do I need a rain cover for some backpacks?

Some packs aren't equipped with the coating or treatment necessary to repel water or keep nasty weather at bay while out in the wild. Because of this, fully waterproof rain covers for backpacks exist. Even if you plan to be hiking in a dry climate, there is a chance that you will find yourself under a waterfall or caught in a flash storm - wouldn't you want to be prepared in an instance like this? If you're on an adventure with an expensive camera and tripod setup, you'll definitely want a rain cover to protect precious and expensive equipment from being ruined. Stay dry and stay safe by being prepared.

Why are there different sizes and frames?

Different backpack sizes and frames accommodate different human shapes and forms - you wouldn't wear a Children's size M when you're a full grown adult, would you? Different sizes are designed to function with different body types, and the frames that accompany them further reinforce this design choice. While internal frames add to the structure of the daypack, they also serve to provide support when you're carrying a heavy load. Carrying a tent, sleeping bag and essentials for 5 days will undoubtedly do a number on your back - luckily, daypacks with aluminum reinforcements are here to help.

Why do some have a hipbelt?

Aside from keeping your daypack from swinging around while you embark on your expedition, hipbelts and sternum straps work to take some of the weight off of your shoulders to allow for easier transportation and ease of use. Hipbelts and sternum straps provide a centered feeling during your travels rather than having you feel like you are lugging all of your gear on your back. They'll have you feeling lighter, more nimble and less weighed down during your travels. Just try it out and see for yourself!

Why is my backpack so uncomfortable?

If your backpack is causing your strain or pain, please come in to get properly fitted by our experts at US Outdoor. There are many elements that may be causing your discomfort with your bag, ranging from inefficient packing to inaccurate sizing. Keep in mind that the fit in regards to the torso length, belt and shoulder straps directly correlates to your comfort level when on the trail. While a backpack may be your size, it may still require adjustments to completely fit your body. Every body is different, and the correct backpack can accommodate every body type.

Why do I need a backpack?

While the temptation to load up your cargo pockets and hit the trail may be appealing, we recommend taking the time to be adequately prepared for your upcoming journey. That means taking into consideration how far you'll be traveling, the weather conditions going into the trip, and what you're planning on bringing with you. Just as gathering your groceries without a basket can quickly become overwhelming and unpleasant, going on a trek without a backpack is virtually the same. The simple answer to this question is "told hold everything that you need". Don't take the risk - experience the outdoors with efficiency and safety in mind.

Why is there a 2nd zipper on bottom?

Depending on the manufacturer of your backpack, this zippered bottom department can be for one of two things: a handy pullout raincover to protect your belongings in damp situations, or a dedicated internal pocket for your sleeping bag. Both of these compartments are crucial, and you may find yourself a pack that contains both of them. Reference an outdoor expert to guide you in the right direction for your backpacking style and needs.

Why can't I ever find my keys in my backpack?

If you're anything like us, it may be because you're too excited thinking about your next excursion! Some packs have an external clip where you can attach a carabiner with keys for easy and simple reach and access. Just putting that out there!