When choosing a backpack for hiking, you have a variety of options when it comes to style, features, brands and price.
If your hiking plans involve overnight camping, you might want a technical backpack. Multi-day hiking technical packs have either an internal or external frame. Some of the pros and cons are as follows:
Internal frame: This style fits close to the body and is more compact. An internal frame is recommended for skiing and rough trail scrambling, but be prepared for a sweatier back due to the close fit.
External frame: This style is usually less expensive than an internal frame and works well for hauling heavy gear. But it is bulkier and can shift around, so it is not a good choice for skiing or scrambling over rough trails.
It’s important to try on different backpacks because they vary slightly in shape from brand to brand. You may discover that one brand fits your body type especially well. Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports store for a wide selection of hardware packs and backpacking equipment.