Having spent a few miserable hiking trips dealing with a backpack that didn't suit my needs (I bought it at Costco. Hint: don't do that) and learning what I should have been looking for in a pack while researching this article was eye opening. Here's the kicker: Though this article tells you what you need to look for when buying a backpack, there's really no substitute for going to a reputable camping or outdoor store and trying packs out, preferably with the help of a knowledgeable staff member. So, while it's smart to research and shop for a lot of things exclusively online, a backpack isn't one of them.
- Camping Gear. "Selecting the Right Backpack." (July 7, 2012) http://camping-gear.ca/bags/selecting-the-right-backpack.htm
- Hiking Trails and Gear. "Hiking Backpack Guide: Choose Your Pack Wisely." (July 7, 2012) http://www.hiking-trails-and-gear.com/hiking-backpack.html
- REI. "Backpacks: Finding Your Torso and Hip Size." REI.com. (July 6, 2012) http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/backpacks+torso+hip+size.html
- Wood, T.D. "How to Choose a Backpack." REI.com. April 2012. (July 6, 2012) http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/test/backpack.html?s_tnt=42401:2:0