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Are you planning a hike or camping trip? Find out what you need to know about isothermal backpacks to conserve your food.
More and more trendy, the isothermal backpack has made its way into the daily life of the French who have adopted it for many occasions. Indeed, both practical and efficient, it’s ideal for camping and bivouacking as it has also proved itself for picnics or even work days. When it’s worn for several hours, it must be chosen with care, in order to combine practicality with comfort. Today, Decathlon guides you in the purchase of your isothermal backpack, so that you can choose a model perfectly adapted to your use and preferences.
At the risk of disappointing you, "cool" is not the same as "isothermal". Unless you're walking around with a mini fridge on your back, with a power source, you won't have a "cool backpack". Why? Well, "refrigerating" means (according to the online Petit Robert dictionary): "Used to produce cold". An isothermal backpack will keep its contents at their current temperature (sometimes helped by ice packs). But your backpack will not be able to lower its internal temperature by itself. Basically, it "keeps" the cold in, but it does not "produce" cold.
There aren’t really any "ergonomic" cooler backpacks specifically designed for kids. However, the straps on our cooler backpacks are adjustable, so if your budding hiker wants to take on the task of carrying some of the food, you can give them an isothermal backpack with the smallest possible capacity: 10 liters. Another option is to give them the compact 10 liters cooler as a shoulder strap (without overloading it, as it doesn't distribute the weight as well as a backpack).
- Bivouacking and hiking: When you venture out for several hours or even days, there is a greater chance that your food will spoil. Exposed to heat, food can become harmful, so it’s essential to store it properly, no matter how long you are out. To make sure that your food remains edible and your drinks stay fresh until the evening, it’s essential to choose a high-performance isothermal backpack model that will offer excellent preservation.
In addition to performance, your isothermal hiking and bivouac backpack should also have plenty of room for all the essentials for an outing in optimal conditions, so you won't lack anything. At the same time, when worn for several hours, during physical activity, it’s essential that your isothermal backpack demonstrates a certain comfort.
- Work: Today, more and more French people are choosing to cycle to work. To be able to carry their lunchtime snack with ease, many people opt for an isothermal backpack, which can be placed on the luggage rack or simply kept on their back for the duration of the journey. In this case, a smaller model will suffice, such as a backpack with a capacity of 10 litres.
Whichever model you choose, your isothermal backpack has been designed to keep your food and drinks fresh for several hours, effortlessly. Generally offering 5 to 8 hours of coolness, they can be improved by adding the right accessories. So that you can enjoy a meal worthy of the finest restaurants, wherever you are, find out our tips for adding to your isothermal backpack.
- Ice pack: Also known as an "ice block", the ice pack will increase the performance of your isothermal backpack, by making the cold last longer. Usually placed at the bottom of your bag, or between items, these take up little space and greatly improve the efficiency of your bag.
- Isothermal bottle: Especially on summer hikes, staying hydrated is a must. For fresh water in all circumstances, you can add an isothermal bottle to your backpack that will keep your drinks at a low temperature for several hours.
For your bivouac outings, it should be noted that your isothermal bottle will also be able to keep the temperature warm, should you wish to carry coffee or tea. In this case, the isothermal bottle should be placed on the outside of your backpack, in one of the side pockets.