How to Choose Backpacking Packs || REI

Choosing the right pack comes down to figuring out the right capacity, features and fit. In this video, Miranda shows you how to balance your options to pick the best backpack for you. Check out the video, then head to your local REI to test out packs and get fit by an expert. And click here to shop REI’s selection of backpacking packs:

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Lynard Ajero says:

all of those backpack brands are expensive here in the Philippines.

Connor duncan says:

Is that in Spokane Washington riverside state park???

DancingTreeGaming says:

40L, unsupported back. tarp, 1/8th inch pad, down quilt, cold soak and go

Koupon King says:

Simplified. If REI sells it and its over 2 pounds dont buy it. Choose something else.

kyle Daniel says:

Frameless no hipbelt

Click Bait says:

I disagree that you can get away with a small pack if you are only out for a weekend. Except for food, the bulky gear you bring, – tent, sleeping bag, cookware, ect, are the same and take up the same amount of space. If you can afford light, low bulk gear or you sleep in a hut, you can go with a small pack. Otherwise think twice before going with a 50l pack. You end up strapping stuff to the outside of the pack or carrying it in your hand, like my friend once did.

blablueh says:

a nice guide for beginners like me!

Melanie Cantin says:

Good infos for beginner like me 🙂

David Gean says:

if you think youre taking that 100L pack on a week trip youre going to have bad time

Eric Rosbottom says:

I went with the Osprey Volt 75 It’ll def solve my winter overnighters, and my multi day outings for the other 3 seasons

J W says:

About capacity: “for how many days are you going” is a misleading marker. It depends only on activities. Backpack for a week, when you sleep in cities (or huts) and are able to get food at bars or shelters will be a lot smaller then a backpack for a two days, one night hike with a tent. I’ve done the former with a 35L pack, the latter requires a 50L pack (at least).
You should think in activities:
– cooking – 2 – 5L
– sleeping outdoors – 10 – 25L
– hiking in bad weather…
and so on.

mark balicag jr says:

I owned Osprey Atmos AG 50L for almost 3 years now, I bought it for $240 plus shipping but its worth it. I highly recommend Osprey Backpacks/Rucksacks

Tragoudistros.MPH says:

Seeing what you can fit in there would be helpful. Tent+sleeping bag + sleeping matt+ and basic gear.
What would one normally lash with a daisy chain?

Neeman Callender says:

The external frame pack has a much higher center of gravity
Therefore you walk much straighter and upright
Very different feel from the internal frame

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