Backpacks are among the most useful accessories that any man could own. When it’s for simply holding your possessions such as a laptop, spare clothing, wallet or other goods, or is going to be used to accommodate your latest purchase there are several attributes that must be considered prior to making that purchase of a backpack for men.
The old saying that you get what you pay for is especially true when you are shopping for that perfect backpack. Shoddy materials, sub standard construction and poor design will result in a backpack that will simply not go the distance. Backpacks are literally under enormous strain all the time and failure rates can be high if the purchaser does not pay special attention to the various finishes and the design of the backpack.
So what are some of the things that a good backpack should feature if it is to provide years of faithful service?
Firstly there is the issue of zippers. This may not seem to be an important issue – but zipper failure is one of the issues that tuns a backpack for men into an essentially useless item.
One needs to ensure that the zippers used on the backpack are robust and and reliable and this means checking to make sure that they are manufactured to the highest standards. A well known manufacturer like YKK is a sign that the backpack is a quality item. Swiss company RiRi also makes a quality zipper – as does Talon. Beware of knockoffs. If it seems too cheap it probably isn’t the real thing.
Th positioning of the straps is extremely important, especially if the backpack (and the purchaser’s body) are going to be subject to heavy loads. Ensure that there is a waist strap and a chest strap and that the backpack offers plenty of padding where it counts. Try the backpack before buying to ensure that the straps can be adjusted to fit your body type.
When it comes to pockets you can never have enough on your backpack. Pockets allow you to store smaller items within easy reach. Make sure that exterior pockets feature a secure locking mechanism if valuable items are to be stored in pockets.
If you will be venturing outdoors then the waterproofing of the backpack should be of the highest quality. If you will be packing a laptop this becomes even more important. Nylon is the material of choice and look out for backpacks designed in a Nordic country – they usually feature exceptional waterproofing. If in doubt ask at a specialist backpack or camping store about water resistance.
These are common sense issues for backpacks that are in everyday use, usually within an urban environment or for light day hikes. If you are in search of a backpack for extended hiking or over night trips the correct approach is to visit either an online store or a physical retail outlet that specializes in backpacks of that type.