How to Choose the Right North Face Travel Backpacks
The North Face Backpacks and duffle bags are renowned in the outdoor world as being tough and durable options for travellers and adventurers alike.
Picking the right backpack is an important part of any trip. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight. Too small, and you’ll never fit anything in. Pick the wrong material, and when it rains, your stuff will be soaked. There are so many options out there that it can be very confusing.The North Face backpacks, duffel bags and luggage are designed to withstand the hardship of travel and adventure. From hydration packs to flight luggage, The North Face backpacks have you covered no matter what challenges you’re faced with.
Upgrading to a proper travel backpack can be long overdue for some people, so we’ve created a list of the top five best backpacks for traveling. There are some terrible backpacks out there, and some may be in your closet. Do yourself a favor and upgrade to any of these exceptional bags.
Water resistant material
While your pack does not need to be 100% waterproof, make sure your bag is made out of a semi-waterproof material so everything doesn’t get wet in a drizzle (many packs come with tarps you can put over them in case of a severe downpour). Moreover, make sure the material won’t stay wet long and thereby get musty. I look for material that is thick but lightweight. I should be able to pour a cup of water over it without the insides getting wet. I’m not traveling a lot during torrential downpours or monsoons but I have been caught in small rainstorms before and because my backpack is made out of a good material, I’ve never opened my bag to find wet clothes.
Make sure each compartment has two zippers so you can lock them together. While am not really worried about people breaking into my bag and stealing my dirty clothes in a hostel, I like locking up my bag when I am traveling backpacks. I’m always paranoid that someone is going to put something in my bag or a grabby baggage handler in airport is going to take my stuff.
A good bag must to have multiple compartments. This way, you can break up your belongings into smaller sections so it’s easier to access and find the stuff you need. For example, my clothes are in the main compartment of my bag, my umbrella and flips flops in the top, and my shoes in the separated side compartment (that way they don’t get everything dirty). It saves time from having to dig around your bag.
The majority of backpacks today are internal-frame packs, meaning the support rods and frame are build into the backpack and hidden from view. However, there some are still external frame backpacks made where the rods are separate from the actual pack and stick out. Think backpacks you see in old hiking movies or movies about people backpacking Europe in the 1970s. A big clunky metal frame. Don’t get one of those. Make sure you buy a backpack with an internal frame. It not only looks better, but the rods won’t get caught on anything and your bag will also be slimmer making moving around easier. Additionally, internal-framed packs tend to be lighter as the frame is composed of a carbon fiber or tough plastic making them easier on your back as well as more durable.
Padded Hip Belt
These make carrying your load more comfortable, as the weight of your pack will be pushing downward on your shoulders. The pads will put less pressure on your shoulders and also help take pressure off your lower back. Make sure the padding is very thick and made up of a single piece of material as it will be less likely to split and thin out.