Mens Hiking & Backpacking

Men’s Hiking and Backpacking Backpacks

Hiking backpacks should not be a one size fits all, everyone comes in different shapes and sizes, in general men tend to have a different body shape to women, and that is why most companies that produce high-end technical backpacks which are used for Hiking, Backpacking, Trekking and Thru-Hiking have a men’s backpack range and a women’s backpack range.

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What makes a men’s hiking backpack different?

The primary difference is in the harness and hipbelt. The harnesses on the Osprey Men’s Hiking and Backpacking Backpacks, tend to have a longer and wider at the top (across the shoulders) backpanel and are slightly narrower at the hipbelt, this is because men tend to have wider shoulders than women and narrower waists and women are generally the opposite. But that doesn’t mean that they are a one-size-fits-all-men. Hiking Backpacks come various sizes harness and hipbelt sizes, but these tend to be larger sizes than the women’s range even though they use the same size references.

What to look for in a hiking backpack?

Padding - Almost 80-90% of the weight in the backpack will be carried on your hips. And the heavier your pack the more padding you will need, especially for long arduous treks.

Ventilation – as you can expect, carrying something heavy on your back in the sun not to mention the exertion will cause perspiration, and it’s important to have good ventilation both for comfort and to help reduce the chance of chafing.

External Anchor Points – these are the points on the outside of the backpack used to fix items. This includes wet shoes/sandals, trekking/hiking poles, and sometimes even your bedroll or tent will be fixed to the outside of the pack.

Internal Access Points – On overnight hikes, a top loading pack might be ok. But on longer trips multiple access points to internal storage is going to be very important. You don’t want to have to unpack everything just to get to that pair of clean socks at the bottom of the bag. Most technical packs will feature a top loading option but also J-zips, or even D-Zip entry into the central compartment as well as a bottom zip.

Rain cover – whether you like it or not, if you are going to be hiking you can’t guarantee the weather, and in the tropics storms and showers very rarely give plenty of notice. If your bag does not have an integrated rain cover, can one be purchased? And can it be stored in an external pocket for easy access?

Hydration Compatibility – It’s very rare for technical backpacks to not be hydration compatible, but nevertheless, check. And make sure it’s practical to use and sits in a waterproof pouch or section and that it is compatible with a wide range of hydration reservoirs and brands, the last thing you need is to spring a leak and everything inside your backpack gets wet.

At Bundy Outdoors, we stock a wide range of hiking backpacks with various features, to suit all budgets and requirements.