Backpacks are one of the main outdoor equipment

But there is no "one backpack for everything". The versatile range opens up unforeseen possibilities of use. ASMC helps you find the right one.

What should be considered when using backpacks?

Backpacks can be used without preparation. There are no special features that need to be considered in principle. Reading the user manual provides valuable information on the structure, use, and features or functions of the backpacks, which can sometimes differ significantly.
Tip: Before using the backpack, it should always be adjusted to the size of the wearer. This protects the back and ensures optimal wearing comfort.
Besides its main task, the backpack should allow its wearer to protect items from the weather. The orderly arrangement in the various backpack compartments allows quick and uncomplicated access. Before putting on the backpack, make sure that the respective zippers are properly closed.

Which backpack is right for me?

Before selecting the right backpack, its design should be considered. Backpacks can be used for many different applications, but a different model may be recommended for each specific use. The respective camouflage colors, for example, should be matched to the area of application. Effective camouflage is only possible in this way. The second important selection criterion lies in the size and volume of the backpack. The models in our range have different capacities and more or less large side pockets. In addition to purely functional and practical considerations, attention should also be paid to ensuring that the backpack harmonizes with the rest of the clothing. Strong color deviations can impair the overall appearance and reduce the camouflage effect. Selection should not be based on the manufacturer. We are aware of our quality standards and therefore exclusively stock our range with products from renowned brand manufacturers. The material of most backpacks is polyester. This ensures optimal resistance to external weather conditions such as rain, snow, and sunlight during backpacking. If additional protection against moisture and wetness is sought, a backpack cover can be used, specifically designed to keep the backpack and its contents dry. The weight of the backpacks usually ranges from one kilogram. There are no major differences in this range. Some backpacks have a detachable hip belt and padded shoulder straps. Carrying handles can be advantageous depending on the area of use. Many models have breathable back and shoulder straps, preventing the absorption of sweat.

Expert Tip: How to expand the backpack volume

Expand the backpack volume by attaching a MOLLE system. MOLLEs are a military system for attaching and carrying equipment and items. The system is extremely versatile and compatible. The MOLLE pouches can be attached to any desired position on the backpack. The loops are vertically attached to the MOLLE carrier, allowing the MOLLEs and compression straps to interlock perfectly.

Questions: Backpacks

What should go into the backpack? The perfect packing list:

The list is of course only to be understood as a suggestion and to be modified depending on circumstances and personal preferences.

The ASMC Example Packing List:

Functional jacket and rain pants, softshell jacket, trekking pants, possibly shorts, fleece/isolation jacket, functional underwear (T-shirt or shirt, possibly underwear), hiking/trekking socks, hiking/trekking boots, sun hat/cap, hat or headband, rain cover/waterproof liner, first aid kit, hiking map/hiking guide, compass, GPS device, multifunctional watch, Swiss army knife, documents, tickets, sun/glacier glasses, sunscreen, lipstick, mobile phone and if available spare battery or portable charging battery, drinking bladder or bottles, tent (including poles, pegs, ropes), sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove (possibly with cooker pump), fuel bottle/gas cartridge, windscreen, 2 lighters, cooker, 1 pot with lid, pliers, cup, spoon, EPA trekking food, toilet paper, water sack (at least 4 liters), water purification/water filter, repair kit (for tent, sleeping pad, etc.).

How to put on a heavy backpack?

Grab the handle with your left hand, and with your right hand under the shoulder strap. The left foot is in front of the backpack, the leg slightly bent. Then, swing the backpack up towards yourself and place it on the left knee. Let go of the handle now. Then, reach under the shoulder strap and continue under the backpack bottom, lifting the backpack with your right hand onto your back. Now, slide your right arm under the shoulder pad, and the backpack is on your shoulders.

What to do about a smelly backpack?

There are laundry disinfectants, e.g., from Sagrotan, but also no-name products. Put this in the fabric softener compartment of the washing machine or use the grandma trick with vinegar essence; the vinegar smell evaporates quickly in the air.

How to reduce the total weight?

To reduce the total weight, it is not enough to buy lightweight equipment and throw it into the backpack. Instead, it requires an intensive examination of the planned tour and knowledge of one's own abilities, needs, and experiences. Why is this? Imagine having packed the lightest of everything, but at the end of the tour realizing that half of what was taken was not needed. The lowest possible weight can only be achieved if the equipment was selected with good planning and understanding.

5 items that should not be missing from any backpack:

You can certainly save a lot, see the previous paragraph. But what absolutely must go on tour:
- A document for identification (passport/identity card),
- EC/credit card and health insurance card (for emergencies),
- Tank tape (adhesive tape),
- Wet wipes, and
- Earplugs.

In addition to these essentials, it is recommended to carry a personalized identification tag. It not only serves as another means of identification but can also be helpful in emergencies to quickly provide important information such as names and contact details.

Are there backpack alternatives?

As an alternative to the backpack, there are various products: WEB Gear / LBE (Load-Bearing Equipment) and LCE (Load-Carrying Equipment). All are easy to use and offer - depending on the intended use - a good alternative to the backpack.

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