Good hiking backpacks are crucial for successful hiking adventures. Hiking backpacks come in a variety of sizes for a variety of uses. Here are some basics to help you pick the best hiking backpack for you.
Structurally, you have the frameless backpacks (like everyday backpacks) and then the backpacks with frames. While frames can be more cumbersome, for the longer hikes these help with weight distribution and comfort. For a long time the hiking enthusiast was only left with external frame backpacks. These days, most hikers prefer internal frames (you are hard pressed to find external frame hiking backpacks now) as they are a lot less cumbersome and provide the same convenience in comfort and weight distribution. And they look a lot snazzier too!
Internal frame hiking backpacks are more flexible than external frame hiking backpacks, which is one reason for their popularity….