You wore it to school, you wear it when you go to the gym, or while travelling, or when you’re commuting to work or when going to tuition or some favourite recreation class. There was a bag accompanying us always. Bags do become like friends throughout the years, though rough and tough times or leisure times.
It’s time to find a new one to carry along or make a new companion afresh. It’s possible the first time you bought one, maybe it was too heavy, or the straps were too small to wear it comfortably. To help you assess what you should be looking precisely for, we have assembled a buying guide for you to buy the right one. Let’s get started.
Look for a backpack with all the below-mentioned points, we have considered things like the capacity, padding, material, and more. So, keep scrolling.
There is a variety of backpacks with different volumes. The volume is measured in litres. Let's simplify them into three categories - 6L-10L, 10L-30L, 35L- 80L+; First category (6L-10L) are called Daypacks. They are small and apt for carrying small stuff like a bottle, tiffin, or one-day trip clothes or small packable stuff.
These are suitable for one-day trips or people who frequently travel with one day-clothing and stuff. Daypacks are majorly suitable for outdoor travel. The second category (10L-30L) is perfectly suited for hikers or one- two-day trip goers, school/college, or carrying a laptop and travel. These are conventional backpacks with more storage and more pockets than daypacks.
You get a variety of options and customised bags for specific purposes. For example, a laptop backpack gets a specific compartment with suitable padding for your laptop. Or if you’re a school goes you get organiser compartment to store your stationery.
The third category (35L-80L) backpacks are also called rucksacks. They are big in size and consist of more pockets, straps, and space. Hikers and people who travel and need enough space to carry heavy items prefer these sizes. These bags are bulky and made specifically for long-duration travel. They are sturdy and water-resistant to brave against harsh weather.
The weight is handled primarily by shoulders, and carrying a heavy backpack with poor shoulder support can create acute shoulder pain. Look for one with good shoulder padding in terms of thickness and width.
Contoured-shape straps or curved straps are designed to comfort our trapezius muscles as the curvature is similar to our bod. Some models come with thick air mesh for back support for additional comfort, which provides good back support and keeps back sweat-free too.
Apart from primary shoulder straps, there are different ones like for the chest and sternum. More straps add more stability while carrying a bag, and you won't feel the weight on your back, affecting your movements.
For example, you're carrying a heavy backpack, and as you start to run, your backpack starts jumping and hinders your movements. For hiking or frequent travelling, prefer the one with additional straps.
You may overlook this fact when selecting the backpack, but don’t! The warranty ensures the product you buy, in case it has some manufacturing defect or develops a crack or torn stitch, can be repaired. Some first-time buyers share their feedback about missing on this aspect and later regretting it.
Many manufacturers offer a warranty for 1year or 12 months. Some offer a warranty of up to 5 years as well, depending upon bag to bag. Check for specifications thoroughly and ensure to get one with the bag you buy.
Some backpacks come with a waterproof material build and some with a water-repellant coating. Having one of them ensures your stuff to be safe in case of a sudden downpour or some accidental liquid spill.
Manufacturers specify whether their product is waterproof or water-resistant. Certain materials like high-quality nylon, polyester, or PU leather are good water repellant materials. A few come with an individual rain cover to protect against downpours. Check the specifications precisely before purchasing one.
Having multiple pockets saves from the hassle of keeping your stuff in one place and taking the time to find it. For example, your backpack has only one zipper, so your stationery, books, notebooks, other documents are all in one place, and it gets messy.
Multiple pockets help store stuff smartly, and since some pockets are made with specific sizes, your stuff won't get lost in the one big single compartment in backpack. For example, a water bottle holder can store your water, and you don't need to squeeze it with other stuff in the bag.
Certain backpacks come with hidden pockets for storing stuff like money for emergencies or important documents. The more pockets there are, the better it is!
The backpack is not only about how many compartments and number of pockets nowadays. Certain manufacturers take the notch up with security features like anti-theft combination lock code and radio identification unlock, anti-theft pockets to store your valuables.
Some come with USB port for easy charging anywhere by plugging into the port on your backpack. It would help if you had a power bank placed in a backpack and you're ready to charge directly and conveniently. Check specifications thoroughly before you buy one.
Selecting a few best amongst a thousand available choices, here are our top recommendations for backpacks.
|Material||Polyster Wrinkle Fabric|
Blaze 3 Tiger Black Casual Backpack 44Ltrs
Grey Laptop Backpack
Wiki 1 Future Backpack
Classic Anti Theft Faux Leather
45 Ltrs Grey and Orange
Black Formal/Office/Laptop Backpack
Black Casual Backpack
Laptop Bag & Tablet Travel Backpack
Slim Carry On Travel Backpack
Lightweight Choice for Work and Travel
Trendy Casual Backpack With Suspension
Smart and Stylish Backpack for Laptop
Lightweight and Comfortable Backpack
Classic Looking Laptop Bag With Many Pockets
Good Choice for Hikers and Long Trips
Value- for-Money Backpack with Anti-Theft
Good Looking Backpack for School and College
Versatile and Fashionable Laptop Backpack
Slim and Loaded With Many Pockets
|Material||Polyster Wrinkle Fabric||Polyster||Nylon||Polyester||Synthetic||Nylon||Polyester||Polyster||Nylon||Polyester|
|Warranty||5 Years||1 Year||12 Months||5 Years||1 year||5 years||18 months||18 months||1 year||1 Year|
|Volume||44 Litres||34 Litres||33 Litres||29.5 litres||20 Litres||45 Litres||23 litres||2935 litres||-||35 Litres|
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In today's time every product you decide to buy has a thousand options to choose from, and better than ending up with a wrong one, invest time to find the one that fits your needs as much possible.
Author - Dhruv Manchanda
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