I started backpacking when I was in my late teens. Not having much money, I borrowed gear from other people for my trips. In the process I learned about what worked well—and what really didn’t. One piece at a time, over a period of years, I built up a versatile collection of outdoors gear. I’ve kept some things for years, and swapped out or upgraded other items. At this point, I feel prepared for just about any trip I would want to do. And the foundation of it all is the pack.
Whether you’re headed out for a quick weekend trip or the through-hike of a lifetime, you’re going to be carrying everything you need on your back, so your backpack needs to be both comfortable and functional. One of the questions I hear most often regarding function is, how big is big enough? Read more