Thinking of a weekend backpacking trip? One of the first things to consider when selecting a hiking pack is the length of your trip. Weekend or overnight trips are a popular option for an inexpensive getaway. There are many backpack options to choose from, so being up-to-date on the latest in hiking pack technology will help you narrow down the best backpack for your weekend trip. Here are some features to keep in mind when selecting hiking packs.

Size

The size of the backpack will depend on the length of your trip and the amount of gear you will be carrying in the pack. Most companies recommend a hiking daypack of at least 40 liters, going up to 65 liters for an overnight trip and 70 liters or more for an extended trip. You want to pack light to ensure comfort and functionality during your hike. Size can also vary depending on your gender, height, weight, and overall preference.

Style

You'll find that most day hiking packs feature an internal frame construction that’s designed to fit more closely to the body and help keep the hiking pack (and the hiker) more stable and balanced. The style of the pack you choose, although somewhat about looks, should be more about functionality. Look for a pack that has a wide range of overall pack adjustability, offers longevity, and carries the capacity that it claims to. Padding, breathable back mesh, and accessible pockets are other features to keep in mind.

Substance

Something to consider when choosing a hiking pack is how much you want to minimize the weight of your gear. With new technologies in backpack designs, ultralight backpacking packs don’t have to sacrifice comfort to keep weight at a minimum. However, even with this technology, it is still beneficial to pack light and keep your bag organized.

Sun & Ski Sports has everything you will need for your weekend hiking adventure! Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports for expert advice about choosing hiking packs, as well as the latest information in pack technology.