Backpack Buying Guide
The sight of a ‘backpacker’ gives one the feeling of a stylish, comfortable traveler. They are ideal for long journey to distant locations and also for shorter trips to the school. Every backpack owner seems to be making a statement of their own. Many of them possess an interesting collection of backpacks. To be able to choose from the maze of backpacks would be the objective of this buying guide.
Types of Backpacks
Backpacks are coming in various sizes and styles on the market. Some common types of backpacks are given below.
To carry books, stationary and lunchboxes, this is the most convenient choice available. While the shoulder backpack is the original choice, there are variants like the backpack with wheels, easing the weight on the shoulder. The features of the traditional backpacks include:
Compartment & pockets:
Normally the contents of the bag range from books to lunch boxes to calculators and MP3 players. Some of them can be can withstand rough treatment (like books) while others (like electronic items) need to be handled gently. Therefore compartments and pockets are designed so that books can be kept separately in one compartment while another can store the calculator.
Since the backpacks can be quite heavy it is important that the straps to carry them are ergonomically designed. S-shaped straps meet that requirement. They ensure that the weight of the bag is evenly distributed and the shoulders are not put to undue strain. Some straps have pads to make it even more comfortable.
The part on a backpack which tends to tear most frequently is the portion where the straps connect to the backpack. In order to overcome this challenge, the backpacks are now strengthened with Rip-stop fabric which ensures that the points of contact between the strap and the backpack are tear resistant. Strong Nylon fibers are the materials used for this purpose.
It is quite common for executives to move around the city with their laptops on their back in two-wheelers. These laptop bags combine the requirements of a regular laptop bag and a backpack. Some of the important considerations for the laptop backpack are that it has to be large enough to be able to carry the laptop in question. This is quite critical as laptops come in different sizes and shapes. Also it should be sleek enough to carry on the back. Compartments are essential as the laptop backpack normally contains writing pads, notebooks, implements in addition to the laptop which is kept in the main compartment.
For those who are fitness conscious and would like to carry their fitness equipment and apparel with them, this is an ideal choice. These bags are made of breathable lightweight fabrics which serve the dual purpose of carrying the equipment and keeping the bag odor free. There are external compartments which can be used to keep cell phones and other accessories.
For those who are fashion conscious, this can be a stylish option. They are colorful and with prints and fabrics matching the latest fashion trends. To give the look of a fine purse or a shoulder bag, one can go for chic flap-over bags. Amongst the most stylish options, leather backpacks, available with a range of colors and weathered looks would be most appropriate.
Rolling backpacks and one-shoulder backpacks are alternative options available to the two-shoulder strap backpacks. The rolling backpacks are ideal for school children carrying a heavy load of books. This is also suitable for professionals carrying heavy textbooks and equipment. Also for people who are frequent travelers, the rolling backpack is a very good option especially as they come with retractable handles and wheel protectors. Another major benefit is that these can be stored under the seat easily.