The Ideal Backpack: Learn About Backpacks, Trekking and Travel

Why know about backpacks? One reason is to avoid falling in a stolen. Another, learn to invest in the right equipment. And, yet, to be aware of how much you can expect from Backpack chosen. The universe of mochilões might not be so great — talking to Brazilian market — but there are bags of all types, pricing and applications. And it is this diversity that we’re going to talk.

In the past, the mochilões were heavy equipment, full of metal structures and designed for a single purpose: to take charge. There was no such option. I.e. backpacking hike was the same as a normal trip. Backpacks designed for women? No way! However, a lot has changed in 20, 30 years. The ease of travel has increased, the market grew, brands have invested in technologies. The result was a wide variety, backpacks designed for different audiences: urban backpacker, traveler-cricket, trekker, climber, trail running, cyclist.

The Ideal Backpack

The perfect backpack is that we can buy, that is within our budget. Should not be allowed to have experiences for not owning a top-of-the-line backpack — or that long-dreamed freighter. Plus, it’s not always the most expensive backpack will wear better in our body. Some brands/models can please, others do not. It is a very personal choice.

Types of Backpacks

We already know that there are several types of bag, isn’t it? So, roughly speaking — and according to the theme of this blog — Let’s rank our backpacks into three groups: attack backpack, backpack trekking and backpack.

Important to know: the s backpacks use the litre (L) as the unit of measure.

Backpack Attack

Lightweight and versatile, the backpack attack is a partner who’s up for anything. Usually, we find with the volume of cargo of 20 to 40 litres. But we know that size is not document. This backpack, depending on the brand chosen, can be quite sophisticated.

Unlike backpacks from day to day — school — the type of attack has several adjustments, compartments, pockets. Are more resilient and better worked. We can say that is a mini bag of war. Can take the heat inside of your volume capacity.

Ideal for the everyday life of a trip, the backpack is an essential equipment for long walks through the city. But it is also widely used in treks, especially on approach to mountain expeditions. It is essentially a top-attack backpack. And so it got its name from “bag of attack”. And is also perfect for short treks, climbing, bike trip and other activities.

In trips, mostly for urban trips, like to take the bag of attack inside the freighter. Is indispensable item in my mochilões.

Suggestions of Attack Backpacks

Thule Capstone 32 l | Deuter ACT Trail 30 l | Osprey Talon 33 l

Black Diamond 30 l | Osprey Stratos 26 l | Deuter Trans Alpine 30 l

See here other backpacks.

Trekking backpack

Some paths are demanding and not content with any backpacking. It may seem extreme, but it’s not if the crossing is difficult, you don’t want a discomfort, a nuisance cannot be attenuated, a backpack that do not distribute the weight properly. A good your experience expands freighter. And so it has the obligation to be comfortable.

Trekking backpack, also known as freighter, is designed to withstand the heat, not to let anyone in his hand during a crossing. The cargo bag is usually more full of details, are designed to last the traveler/trekker has higher performance — and comfort — while hiking.

In trekking, backpacking is a copy of our need. If the path is rough, the bag should also be, but if the battle is light, there is no need to walk with a cannon of war. So it’s normal gaining several backpacks.

The Ideal Litragem

Many variables — many even — influence the choice of the size of the backpack. Are the equipments that dictate the freighter ideal: size/weight of the tent, kitchen equipment, sleeping bag, food type, adequate clothing to the trekking. Therefore, the following list is just a base and can vary from person to person. Taking into consideration the equipment has and also the climate condition of the chosen destination.

Except for the first item, the relationship is based on trekking camp. OK?

Hiking/Trekking 1 day | bag of 20 to 30 liters

Trekking of 2 to 3 days | backpack of 40 to 50 liters

Trekking of 4 to 5 days | backpack 50 to 60 liters

Trekking from 6 to 7 days | bag of 60 to 75 liters

Long Treks/Expeditions | over 75 liters

Choosing the Trekking Backpack

The choice of trekking backpack always raises questions. But don’t despair. Is normal. There are many questions, either by litragem, model, brand, price. So, if you are willing to purchase a backpack freighter — or semicargueira — consider the essential items that must have equipment.

Sure there comes textão.


It is an indispensable item. Many do not know, but barrigueira has the function of sharing the load for the rest of the body. Or rather, distribute the weight to the hips, which is one of the strongest areas of our body. A good freighter can lighten the weight on his shoulders up to 70%. Between you and me, is no small feat. Backpack good has to have good barrigueira. Fact.

Height Regulator

Avoid backpack “Joker”. A freighter without this setting certainly won’t be comfortable. The height adjustment system allows the bag to adapt perfectly to the body of any person. And makes all the difference.

Width and height regulator handles

A few backpacks have the system wide handles. Not enough to be an essential item, but help in the perfect fit. Some brands have different widths for male and female models. The height adjustment handles must also be observed.

Pectoral Tape

Is a simple but critical adjustment. The pectoral tape makes the backpack doesn’t change the center of gravity, leaving next to the body, without losing the balance.

Frame                                                                 Is the skeleton. Good all-cargo has the responsibility of owning a setup that guarantees the upright posture of the backpack.


There are several types of backpacks and, consequently, there are also several drawings of backrests. Good brands bring breathable side system, which reduces perspiration and that brings significant comfort. More than that, the backrest should be comfortable and sturdy.

Compartment for hydration bag

Freighter has to have a little corner reserved for hydration bag. And I say, makes all the difference in the time to organize all the stuff.


I consider mandatory item. The more, the better. Cover pockets backpack are the most precious in my opinion. Help a lot. Most of the bags also brings side pockets for water bottle. And some barrigueiras also bring pockets that end up being a plus .

Lateral compression tapes

Are of great help when it came time to go to battle. They have the function of compress the internal items. Causes the load does not move during the trekking. And are also used to transport thermal insulator, canvas, walking stick.


For more than a backpack is water-resistant, hardly will resist a blow of rain. So consider the raincoat required in item mochilões of trekking. And more than that, it also protects from scratches. And even makes it easy to walk in places of dense vegetation — avoid close.


Oddly enough, the zipper can be a great quality meter of a backpack. Good bags-cargo and have the YKK brand zipper.

A good backpack has your value. Good, cheap freighter hardly you will find. Believe in something, you will have your worst days enacted if one strap of the backpack blow during a crossing,. So, my friend, invest in a good one. In urban trip can risk a freighter, but in trekking, no.

I own two all-cargo, the Deuter AirContact Pro 70 + 15 and Thule Guidepost 75 l. Are backpacks that I trust with my eyes closed. And so the indico.

Review- Thule Guidepost 75 l

Review- Deuter AirContact Pro 70 + 15

Backpacks Brands

Not used any brand of backpacks to be able to say what is good and bad. It would be injustice and reckless of me to make such a classification. But the purpose of the post is to help you learn more about the universe of backpacks. Right? Right!

So here we go. I made a list and sorted in 2 categories. First: brands more affordable. Second: traditional and renowned brands. And a plus: good brands that are not sold in Brazil.

More affordable Brands | Quechua, trails and Paths, Nautika, Conquest, Cheetah, Kailash.

High cost and renowned | Deuter, Thule, The North Face, Black Diamond, Osprey, Did.

Although the following brands are not sold in Brazil, worth meeting them by way of knowledge: Lowe Alpine, Gregory, Arc’Teryx, Kelty, High Sierra.

Note: Before choosing your backpack, see friends, read/watch reviews, chat with shopkeepers. Browse references and find the ideal backpack for you. The above list represents only my universe of knowledge.

Suggestions of Trekking Backpacks

Male: Thule Guidepost 75 | Deuter AirContact Pro 60 + 15 | Osprey Aethe 70

Thule Versant | Did Mountaineer 60 + 15 | Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 | The North Face Terra 50

See here more men’s trekking backpacks.

For women: Thule Capstone 65 | Deuter AirContact Pro 55 + 15 SL | Osprey Ariel 75

Osprey Alive 65 | Deuter ACT Lite 60 + 10 | Did 50 + 15 LF Mountaineer

See here more female trekking backpacks.


The following travel backpacks by a different path. They tend to be less demanding with regard to the resistance, do not have the commitment to be a “war equipment”. Are usually simpler, do not possess so much wealth in detail as the trekking-cargo. It’s probably a backpack that will be played on a ground of hostel and will only be put to the test in a shifting House/airport/bus station/hotel/hostel.

In the case of mochilões in cities, it is much more advantageous to invest in a good bag of attack than a top-of-the-line backpack.

Mochilões made in places with infrastructure does not require much planning. There is no need to carry tent, stove, sleeping bag. The backpack will serve primarily to carry clothes and gadgets for personal use. And so the bag doesn’t need to be large. And I say again, the duration of the trip does not influence much on the size of the backpack. For example, if the backpack is 10, 15, 20 days you probably will have to find some way to wash your clothes. It’s much better to increase the periodicity of ida to lavandeira than carry more clothes, more weight. But will the style of travel. There is no rule. I know people who like to take a world on your shoulders. Others found themselves well with a few things.

Choosing the Backpack

What size of backpacking is ideal for your trip? If you are one of those that “less is more”, must then consider purchasing a semicargueira (50 litres). She will certainly do the trick. But if you like to travel with more comfort, taking more stuff, more clothes, more books, more all-cargo of 70 possible/80 liters can solve your problem. It is also safe to say that a backpack trekking can be perfectly used in a mochião trip.

Continue reading, but you might be interested in the following articles:

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Adventure tourism: a shared responsibility

Adventure travel: it’s time to talk about planning and risks

The challenge and the taste of overcoming outdoors

Trekking, a metaphor for life

Difference between hiking and trekking

About travel and mountains

The trekking and your senses

It’s My First Backpacking. And Now?

If you’re a first-timer, I recommend backpacks with values. And the reason is simple: you don’t know if you will like to travel with the Backpack on the back. Avoid injury. -Cargo found in Decathlon, for example, are excellent for anyone who is taking his first steps into the world Hitchhiker. And can also be quietly used in the first treks. It’s a very good input backpack.

Travel Backpacks Suggestions

Thule Versant | Deuter Quantum 70 + 10 | Deuter Traveller 70 + 10

Osprey Xenith 88 | Did Adventure 80 | Osprey Aether 85

See here more travel backpacks