How do you choose the right backpack?

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Whether you're just going walking for a few hours, trekking for a day or several days in the mountains, we have the right backpack for you! Discover all our advice for choosing the right backpack and preparing it properly.

Above all it is important to adapt your choice of backpack and its preparation to the activity that you are going to do. You need to analyse your planned route with regards to 2 main points: the duration and the elevation of the trail.

To make your choice easier we identified 3 major types of activities associated with 3 kinds of backpack.

Do you like to stroll for a few hours on the flat or in low hills?

For this activity Quechua has developed the Arpenaz and Escape ranges

The Escape XC 22L backpack for example would be perfect for this type of walking. Accessorised for hiking it could also be used for travelling on a daily basis.

List of essential items to carry in the backpack:

- 1 litre of water
- a cereal bar type snack
- a Rain Cut type waterproof wind-proof jacket

Do you prefer to walk in the mountains for the day?

We recommend you use a 20 to 40 litre capacity bag. If you are hiking with children opt for the largest size so they are carrying as little as possible.

List of essential items:

- 2 litres of water per person
- lunch
- cereal bars
- sun glasses and sun cream
- an additional fleece type layer
- a waterproof layer
- a walking map
- a camera to capture your experiences
- you could also take Forclaz 300 type walking poles

Finally there is also long distance trekking.

If you immerse yourself in the mountains during the day as well as the night, in a tent or a refuge, you need to be able to hold out for several days. The ideal bag capacity is between 50 to 70 litres or maybe 40 if you plan to stay in lodges.

For your comfort these backpacks often use technologies that make them easily adjustable.

Find out more here.

In addition, Quechua offers you lighter and lighter bags to take with you further and for longer.

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