Crosstrek 56 Backpack
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A Backpack is one of the essential gears during trekking. Choosing the right backpack is extremely important. The comfort, capacity, size, and durability are some of the factors which have to be kept in mind while choosing the backpack.
The backpack we use at Indiahikes is made using the 600D heavy-duty polyester material, It is one of the tough materials in the market, which holds beyond 25600 cycles of abrasion testing. These materials are PU coated, which makes the bag water repellent.
Scroll down to read the complete history and other details about the backpack
Points to Note
- The rental cost mentioned is for the full duration of the trek.
- An extra deposit amount of Rs.1000(in cash) is charged at the base camp.
- The gear should be collected at the base camp.
- Top-loading main compartment with fully padded, 3D suspension contouring promotes ventilation and upper body mobility.
- Anti-Gravity ventilated mesh back panel contours automatically to the body, providing outstanding fit and unrestricted movement.
- Integrated raincover protects contents from foul weather and rain during lidless use
- Dual stretch-mesh side pockets, zippered hipbelt pockets, and large front stash pocket offer additional storage and organization
- Yellow and black in color
- Volume – 48 Liters
Making of the backpack: The backpack journey of Indiahikes
When we decided to have a backpack we wanted something medium-sized backpack which is affordable and can be used both locally and on Himalayan treks. We wanted something like a 40 or a 50 liters pack.
And it should also have additional and important features like Proper Centre of Gravity, High airflow between back and backpack to wick sweat, Internal customized shaped wireframe in alloy steel built rain cover, S-shaped shoulder straps, Tie points, Ice ace loops, Lift handle, Reasonably light weigh pack etc
Incorporating all the features was a bit of a challenge for the manufacturers.
It took a couple of iterations to arrive at the optimal back system design that held up under loads, good airflow and comfort.
The front and side design concepts were designed keeping the features in mind. Four concepts were chosen and prototypes of these were made. Along with this the waist belt and lumbar area padding designs were also made and tested.
Two of these designs were chosen for the final prototype and costing was arrived at. Material choices were also made based on the costing and final weight of the product.
Two prototypes were made of the final design choices and tested. Testing was carried out at the office with heavyweights, drop testing, local treks, and some Himalayan treks.
Finally, we arrived at our backpacks.
In this way, the backpack we use at Indiahikes is carefully and scientifically designed to give trekkers the best experience during trekking.
Components of our Backpack
If we look at the construction of a Backpack, it can be divided into three compartments.
Upper Compartment- It is the topmost part of the bag and consists of Top pocket and Inner top pocket.
Top Pocket- This is where you keep things that you need to access quickly. Eg Sunscreens, sunglasses, pocket guides, books, maps.
Inner Top Pocket -This is on the inside of the top compartment. Keep your batteries, headlamps, camera parts, power banks, and documents here.
Middle Compartment- This is the important section in the bags which holds the contents inside the backpack and distributes the load evenly. The features in the backpack which makes the load feels lite are explained below.
Backpack Handle- This needs to be sturdy and strong. And it is one of the important features in a backpack. It is required to carry or pick the backpack.
Load Adjuster Straps- These straps help shift the load of the backpack to the right parts of your body. Tighten or loosen them to make the backpack sit snugly on your body.
Contoured Shoulder Straps- These are contoured in a boomerang shape. They hold firm and have padding. They never bend over your fingers. Pay close attention to this. Without the shape and the padding, don’t go near the backpack. These take the entire load of the backpack.
Shoulder Strap Adjuster- These keep the shoulder straps in place. They decide how the backpack sits.
Compression Strap- Help keep things together inside the backpack. These are the straps that keep backpacks in shape.
Sternum Strap- Sternum straps help ease the pressure on your shoulders.
Side Pockets- Terrific utility space to keep quickly needed stuff.
Hip Belt - These help in reducing the load from your shoulders by almost 80%. Hip belts not only transfer the weight of the backpack to your hip, the burden of carrying the load moves to your legs as well.
Stabilizer Strap- This connects the hip belts to the main body of the backpack. It helps to adjust the load of the backpack to the hips.
Ventilation System-It prevents your back from sweating, with air circulating around.
Lumbar Pad- This is the greatest asset for your spine. It keeps your spine straight, gives it cushion, and prevents injury.
Lower Compartment- It is the bottom-most part of the bag and mainly has a rain cover
Accessories Pouch- For keeping water bottles or sundry accessories.
Rain Cover- They are usually attached to the inside of the pouch so that they don’t get lost. Slides easily over the entire backpack