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Survival Backpack Buying Guide
Each survival backpack has its pros and cons based on the use in which you want to use it for.
Just remember to do your research and find the survival backpack best suited to the trail or vacation you have planned.
The Purpose of Each
Both external and internal frame survival backpacks carry the numerous pieces of gear a backpacker needs to survive and thrive in the wilderness.
When deciding on a pack, always keep in mind the average amount of days you expect to be on the trail.
Having an idea of the amount of gear needed per day will help decide one way or the other on which pack you intend to go with.
Each pack, whether it’s internal or external, is always rated by the volume of the main compartment and additional pockets (usually in cubic inches or liters).
Many packs have a waterproof sleeve to hold a water reservoir with a hole for a drinking hose for hydration on the trail.
Always check the manufacturer’s tag or the manufacturer’s website to gain an idea of the amount of gear each pack can carry.
Outdoor Usage Differences
In the past, external frames were the king, but in the last couple of decades the internal pack has been the go-to for most of the industry.
When traveling by air or train, internal frame packs are the best and really can’t be beaten.
The internal frame survival backpack is phenomenal for close trail hiking, or when bushwhacking and making your trail. The close body support and tight straps make sure that the pack won’t catch and pull you off balance.
External Frame packs are fixed width and length, don’t stick to your back as closely as internal frames, and are also surprisingly lighter than internals. External packs are perfect for long day hikes with comfort in mind.
Many internal frame survival backpacks have a top-loading feature, just like loading any other sack, but some have front panel access, which does the packing and unpacking easier.
The design of internal frames doesn’t encourage strapping items to the outside of the pack; external frames have that particular use nailed down.
Internal frames share more of the load on the shoulders than an external frame does, and they also move with the person, so any bulky objects with sharp corners will be felt more in an internal frame.
When packing your sleeping bag onto your external frame survival backpack, be surely keeping it fresh.
Framing and Support
Internal frame survival backpacks have many different options when it comes to the framing and support available.
Some available options are: frame sheets with aluminum and alloy stay integrated into them, frame sheets with external aluminum and X frames give a multidimensional suspension.
The frame of an internal frame survival backpack is designed so that weight is loaded in the middle of the back, between the shoulder blades and above the small of the back.
External frames have aluminum or composite frames that are designed for larger loads over 50 pounds.
The external frame allows for gear to be attached to the frame itself like sleeping bags or tents, and make it easier to pack larger gear sets all on your back.
The heavier weight of the pack is carried higher and is directed by the shoulders down the frame to the padded hip belt to the hips and legs.
Since most external frame packs are designed with an H-like frame, the center of gravity is higher, making it harder to move fast or be agile while maintaining balance.