No bag has as many different names as the backpack. Whether it is called a rucksack, knapsack, book bag, or packsack, the backpack is essentially a bag that is carried on the back of a person.
Backpacks have one strap on each side that fits over the shoulder, with the weight of the backpack is distributed over the shoulders, upper, and lower back. The straps can usually be adjusted in order to change the weight of the backpack on the back and shoulders.
The bag has one main compartment that can fit many belongings. In most cases, the backpack is secured by a zipper that runs around the bag. Sometimes, backpacks have two or three separate zipper compartments, depending on the use of the backpack. The interior of the backpack contains separate pouches and compartment for different items.
There are two main types of backpacks, frameless and external frame packs. Frameless backpacks are the most common in the United States, and are designed for everyday use.
External frame packs are designed for transporting heavy items and distributing weight better. In the United States, these types of backpacks are commonly associated with the Alps region of Europe.
The term “backpack” is most commonly used in the United States, and was first coined in the in the first decade of the 1900s. The term “rucksack” is commonly used in the United Kingdom. In Australia, backpacks have the nickname “Matilda.”
Historically, backpacks were used by hunters to carry their equipment and prey. The fact that backpacks allowed hunters to have their hands and arms free made it a popular.
Today, backpacks have many different functions. One current use that ties the backpack to its past is hiking.
Backpacks are popular among hikers for the same reason they were popular among hunters – they are hands free. Hiking backpacks are usually taller in order to accommodate more supplies, including knives, ropes, and food.
Another popular form of backpack for hikers is the hydration pack. Hydration packs are in the shape of a backpack, but it is filled with water in a pouch with a tube leading to the exterior of the pack. Sometimes hydration packs are built into hiking backpacks, making it convenient for hikers to stay hydrated.
Similar to hiking, backpacks are used commonly in the military to carry supplies from one place to another.
Another common use for the backpack is for school. Millions of students, whether in kindergarten or college, use backpacks to carry books and supplies.
School bags are different from other backpacks because they are tailored to students. They are usually smaller than hiking backpacks, but large enough to carry a few textbooks, notebooks, and other supplies.
As technology changes, so do backpacks. Today, backpacks usually have a padded pouch specifically for laptops since they have become a necessity on college campuses. Some backpacks also have pouches for iPods and other mp3 players.
Popular brands for school bags include JanSport, High Sierra, Patagonia, and the North Face. Backpacks for children that are decorated with different designs and cartoon characters are popular because it displays their personality and interests.
Backpacks vary in price depending on the brand. On one hand, inexpensive backpacks usually targeted towards children and students range from $20 to $50. On the other hand, expensive backpacks targeted towards campers and hikers range from $100 to $500. Therefore, the price of the backpack depends on the style and quality.
Backpacks are becoming more popular for workers too, especially for those who work in large metropolitan areas that rely on public transportation, because they are more comfortable than traditional working bags such as briefcases or messenger bags.
Another useful way to utilize the backpack is for traveling. It is the perfect size for a carry-on bag on most airlines, and it can easily store souvenirs and other merchandise.
Unlike other types of bags, the backpack has avoided becoming a part of fashion and is mainly used for its functionality and convenience. However, fashionable backpacks exist. These backpacks differ from standard backpacks by being smaller, lighter, and are fastened by a drawstring or flap instead of a zipper.
Typically, backpacks are made of coated nylon in order to make the bag light and durable. A popular fabric is Cordura, which is a robust mixture of materials that resists against tears and scuffs.
Backpacks can also be made out of canvas and leather, but these materials are more common with fashion backpacks.
Overall, the backpack has taken on many different roles since its inception, leading to a variety of styles and uses.