Backpacks

Packing tips Alpine backpacks

1. Main compartment

Tip: position heavier items halfway up the back

  • Alpine equipment (harness, carabiners, etc.)
  • Spare undergarments
  • Protective clothing
  • Bivouac sack
  • First aid kit including survival blanket
  • Water bottle/hydration system
  • Provisions

2. Flap outside pocket

  • UV protection cream
  • Cap
  • Headlamp
  • Map/guide
  • Altimeter, compass, GPS
  • Pocket knife
  • Energy bars/snacks
  • Compact camera

3. Flap inside pocket

  • Key
  • Wallet
  • Identity card
  • Mobile phone

4. Under the flap

  • Rope (with rope carrying strap)

5. Outside

  • Telescopic poles, pick-axe, ice tool
  • Crampons (unless stored inside in their packing pouch)
  • Iso/bivouac mat on the side

 

Packing tips backpacking backpacks

1. Main compartment

Tip: place heavier items at the top third of the back

  • Provisions
  • Stove, fuel, crockery
  • Water bottle/hydration system
  • Spare undergarments
  • Protective clothing
  • Hut/casual shoes, sandals
  • First aid kit including survival blanket
  • Washbag
  • Tent without poles
  • Paperback book

2. Flap outside pocket

  • UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Map/guide
  • Altimeter, compass, GPS
  • Pocket knife
  • Energy bars/snacks
  • Compact camera

3. Flap inside pocket

  • Key
  • Wallet
  • Identity card
  • Mobile phone

4. Outside

  • Tent poles on the side
  • Wet outer tent at the front or on the side
  • Telescopic poles, pick-axe
  • Iso mat below the bottom compartment

5. Bottom compartment

  • Sleeping bag
  • Hut clothing
  • Nightwear

Packing tips hiking backpacks

1. Main compartment

Tip: place heavier items at the top third of the back

  • Provisions
  • Hydration system
  • Spare undergarments
  • Protective clothing
  • First aid set including survival blanket
  • (Hut sleeping bag)
  • (Hut shoes)
  • (Washbag)

2. Flap outside pocket

  • UV protection cream
  • Pocket knife
  • Energy bars/snacks
  • Compact camera
  • Binoculars

3. Flap inside pocket

  • Key
  • Wallet
  • Identity card
  • Mobile phone

4. Outside

  • Telescopic poles
  • Jacket (with rubber band)

5. Side pocket

  • Odds and ends
  • Hiking map

Packing tips Climbing backpacks

The focus of the climbing backpacks is material organisation. These clever transport experts pack in everything you need to tackle the wall. Fast handling and perfect organisation are the key.

1. Rope bag
With an integrated rope bag which can be removed and spread out to protect the rope from dirt and avoid entangling.

2. Chalk bag protector
Chalk bag protector to keep the rest of your gear clean.

3. Back opening
Opening on the back, with a circular zip for practical access to the main compartment.

4. Gear loops
External and internal attachments for climbing gear.

1.Gear loops
External and internal attachments for climbing gear.

2.Three zipped pockets
For secure storage of topos maps, energy bars, etc.

3.Hydration system
Separately accessible, protective compartment for hydration system.

4.Safety cord
40 cm cord to secure a camera.

Packing tips snow backpacks

1. Main compartment

Tip: place heavy objects in the middle, close to your back

  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Wax
  • Map, guide
  • Headlamp
  • Thermos flask/hydration system
  • Provisions, energy bar
  • Spare undergarments
  • Insulating and protective clothing
  • Warm spare cap and gloves
  • First aid set including survival blanket
  • (Bivouac bag)
  • (Light crampons)

2. Glasses compartment

  • Sunglasses
  • Mobile phone

3. Inner compartment for valuables

  • Key
  • Wallet
  • Identity card

4. Outside

  • Snowboard 
  • Snowshoes
  • Ski on side / diagonal
  • Axe or pole

5. Front compartment

  • Probe
  • Shovel

Do not forget!

The Barryvox avalanche transceiver must be worn and switched on at all times.

Adjustment

Loosen hip belt, shoulder straps and position control straps.

  • Shoulder backpack, place hip belt halfway up pelvis and tighten.
  • Tighten shoulder straps gradually until shoulders are lightly loaded.
  • Tighten position control straps according to terrain. The more challenging the terrain, the tighter they should be.
  • Close the sternum strap.

Measure the length of the back of backpacking backpacks

Measure the length of the back from the top of the hip bone to the lowest cervical vertebra and find nearest size in table.

  • Open padding in hip belt
  • Open carabiners
  • Clip carabiners into loops
  • Close padding
  • Pull shoulder straps upwards
  • Check size in viewing window

Hiking length of back

Measure the length of the back from the top of the hip bone to the lowest cervical vertebra and find nearest size in table.

  • Release shoulder straps
  • Unthread shoulder strap buckle from back section
  • Rethread shoulder strap buckle where required on back section

Backpacks care

Even a backpack needs regular cleaning and care. It will reward you with a longer useful life.

Clean

  1. Shake any sand and fir needles out of the backpack(A vacuum cleaner can be very useful)
  2. Remove any stains using a cloth and clean water(For very heavy soiling, you can also clean the backpack in the shower)
  3. Leave to dry
  4. Waterproofing

Storage

  • Always store your backpack protected from light and in a dry place, with the buckles closed, including those on the hip belt and chest strap.
  • Do not store heavy objects in the backpack, this could deform the back panel.