Among the drawstring bag backpacks, there are three main families by their capacity, the activities for which they are reserved and their duration of use. The smallest bags between 15 and 30 liters will be dedicated to short hikes (1/2 or 1 day). They can also accompany your trip in addition to a suitcase for outdoor activities, and act as carry-on luggage.
The second large family concerns backpacks between 30 and 60 liters, intended for hikes of 2 to 4 days for a lift not exceeding 8 to 10Kg. This bag category includes better carrying comfort and superior stabilization to make walking days more pleasant. They are also much more equipped with storage than a small drawstring bag.
Finally the third and last large family of backpacks concerns trekking bags (single movement by walking and total autonomy), their volume is between 60 and 110 liters and allow to carry heavy loads like a tent, what to feed and sleep. They are equipped with reinforced frames to support the walker over long distances. Typically this category of bag is used by experienced walkers. The drawstring bag also falls under this category.
The little details that make the difference
Each backpack manufacturer strives to reinvent the design and finishes, which is why we wanted to list the elements that must be taken care of and that will make your trip more pleasant.
- The number of pockets or storage
- The type of front (more practical) or lateral opening
- Easy access without the need to open the bag
- The water pocket for storing a Camelbak with a dedicated outlet
- The Camelbak hose holder on one of the straps
- The dorsal part: the padded back, a reinforced frame, the vents to prevent perspiration
- Side pockets to store a water bottle
- Pockets on the waist belt
- and many other elements
- Weight distribution
Weight distribution in your drawstring attached bag is essential when preparing your things. It will be the key to lift comfort and will prevent you from being hampered during your hike. Thus the heaviest elements will be placed in the middle and closest to the back and the lightest elements on the outside of the bag. Make sure that no pointed or rounded elements are directed towards your back.
Do not forget the organization of your business, it must be functional. So we can advise you to place the down and the spare parts in the bottom of your bag and on the contrary the glasses, sunscreen, the gourd in accessible storage. There comes the drawstring bag with the best choices.
How to adjust your backpack
Before talking about all the steps to adjust your backpack, let’s take two minutes and detail all the adjustment mechanisms (visible in the photos above):
The suspenders: Pressing on your shoulders they are padded and can be ventilated or not.
The back area: Being in contact with the back during exercise, it must be reinforced, comfortable, and airy to wick away perspiration.
The belt: The main role of the belt is to support your shoulders by carrying part of the weight of the wonderfully made drawstring bag. If you carry a heavy load, it is important that it is padded.