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Outdoor Equipment: Why You Need Rucksacks

By Fiona Muller Subscribe to RSS | December 2nd 2011 | Views:

Outdoor activities like trekking and backpacking cannot be completed without a rucksack. The word rucksack is basically a German word that means backpack. You can use a rucksack in a variety of ways. Backpackers and hikers just can’t do without rucksacks. Different designs of this bag are used as laptop cases and backpacks.

Rucksack Pockets

Rucksacks have a large number of compartments and pockets where you can easily categorise the items you are carrying. In the outside pockets, you can keep smaller items that you can easily lose if you put them inside the main and big compartment. You should ideally store the heavier objects in the centre of your rucksack in the bigger pockets.

Rucksack Materials

Rucksacks were never made in the same way all over the world. Many US army rucksacks were made of canvas. Even leather rucksacks were often used in the army. A large number of pockets have always been a typical characteristic of rucksacks, a large middle pocket with quite a few small-sized pockets on the outside.

The Hip Belt

Each rucksack consists of two shoulder straps that provide stability to the rucksack. The hip belt on rucksacks helps to keep them from moving and secure them on the back of the person who carries it. These days, rucksacks are mainly made of polyester. Metal clasps have been replaced with plastic clasps.


You can even find cell phone pockets and MP3 pockets in rucksacks with the latest designs. Classic pockets have still kept their position even if designs have changed to a great extent. Smaller rucksacks with modern designs may have just one shoulder strap. These straps secure the bag by crossing the chest of the person carrying it at an angle.

Carrying Heavy Loads

The main purpose of rucksacks in earlier days was to carry huge loads across long distances. This purpose is valid even today. Backpackers and outdoor campers need to carry on their person all that they will need for survival in the wilderness. You can utilize the special pockets in your rucksack to load them with items in such a way so that you can easily distribute the load over your back.

Load Distribution

Proper distribution of load in a rucksack helps the person carrying it to have a good sense of balance on nature roads. They feel more agile if they pack their rucksack properly. Buckled satchel straps as well as metal zippers are common in many rucksacks. For comfortable support, buy a rucksack with padded hip belts. These hip belts are good for stabilizing the weight of a rucksack at the centre of your back.

The All-Purpose Bag

Outdoor enthusiasts are not the only ones who use rucksacks and backpacks. Rucksacks are often used for carrying laptops and books too. Whether you are a working professional or a student, a rucksack can be great for carrying your stuff. You can find rucksacks in a large number of sizes for different purposes. Rucksacks are versatile bags that can be used in a variety of ways, from hiking in the mountains to going to school.

Fiona Muller - About Author:
Fiona Muller is a travel enthusiast and likes to write about outdoor clothing and outdoor equipment. She is specifically interested in branded outdoor apparels for women, men and kids.

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