When you need to carry gear in the great outdoors, choosing a backpack is easily one of the most important equipment considerations you’ll make. Aside from offering an appropriate carrying capacity, the backpack you choose will largely depend on the activity. With packs designed specifically for day hikes, extended backpacking treks, skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering and more, the options can be a little overwhelming. Should you go with a rugged internal-frame backpack, mid-sized daypack or a lightweight lumbar pack (a.k.a fanny pack)? What kind of additional features are worth considering? For great tips and advice, check out our Backpacking Guide
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