Having already looked at the tent and sleeping bag, we’ll wrap up our cursory examination of the backpacking “Big Three” with the backpack. This seems like another example of a concept that we take for granted, but, as we’ve said before, it hardly ever hurts to go back to basics.
According to Dictionary.com, a backpack is defined as “ pack back,
The addition that we would make would be that the frame, while debatable whether or not it is lightweight may also be made of wood traditionally, or, more recently, modern materials such as plastic or carbon fiber. In our household, we’ve had backpacks with no frame, a sheet plastic frame, an internal aluminum frame, and a “hybrid” internal-external frame (an 80s idea). Each type has its pluses and minuses, but performs well enough when used as designed.
If you have a favorite backpack, please feel free to share about it in the comments.