We all love a bargain! But is your bargain backpack going to be at the expense of your comfort? Bargains or discounts can come at a price to the customer and it is important to clarify why the discount backpack you are interested in is being sold at a discount. Is it because:
It’s a genuine end-of-season sale?
The backpack has got marked or damaged in the shop?
The shop really does have lower overheads and so can undercut its competitors?
It’s an inferior brand or make? It’s not a genuine discount at all?
It is important when buying something “cheaper”, such a discount backpacks, not to compromise on what you really need or want as this may cause you painful problems later on. If you are planning to wear a backpack for any length of time you need to pay attention to several important design features to minimise discomfort, back pain and aching shoulders. Remember that after a few hours a backpack can feel exceptionally heavy and cumbersome, so think carefully on the size that you need.
Choose discount backpacks specifically for you and your needs. A general rule of thumb is to have a backpack that holds no more than 15% of your body weight.
Make sure that it feels VERY comfortable in the shop. If you are not sure, try another backpack or go to another retail outlet.
The weight of the backpack needs to be kept above the waist and as close to your back as possible to minimise the strain on your neck and shoulders.
Ensure that the shoulder straps are curved and padded to fit the contour of your body. A strap which fastens around your waist will help distribute the weight of the backpack evenly on your back.
Remember that you don’t have to take everything with you in your discount backpack to cover every eventuality or emergency unless you are planning to go backpacking in a very remote region. How often have you been away on holiday only to come back with a case half full of clothes and shoes you never wore? Ensure the items you do take are versatile and remember that you can always buy things you really need when you are away.
So if you are considering buying a discount backpack, make sure it is a genuine discount backpack and that it is exactly what you want with at least all the features listed above. That way, your discount backpack can only add to an enjoyable holiday experience.