Having already looked at the tent and sleeping bag, we’ll wrap up our cursory examination of the backpackingBig 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, a backpack is defined as “a pack or knapsack, often of canvas or nylon, to be carried on one’s back, sometimes supported on a lightweight metal frame strapped to the body.” It is attributed as an Americanism combining “back” and “pack” between 1910 and 1915.

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.


4 thoughts on “Backpack

    • Alex, thanks for reading. We’ll be on the lookout for your review of the Atmos 65.

      Your blog inspires us to get out on our own everyday adventures while we can. Today, we hit a couple of state parks to do some hiking and scout out some camp sites and fishing holes. Happy trails!

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