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To choose the best equipment for you, we have identified some criteria to consider. They should be taken into account when you decide how you want to use it or the need if you have already identified it.
There are three main criteria to take into account when choosing your backpack:
The storage capacity of the backpack is expressed in litres. The larger the backpack, the more stuff you can take with you. It’s important to choose a backpack that has the right capacity for your needs and the duration of your trip or hike. If you are planning a multi-day trip, you will need a large backpack, whereas for a simple day trip, a small or medium-sized backpack will be enough.
The weight of the backpack is also important, especially if you plan to carry it over long distances. A lightweight backpack lets you reduce the total weight of your load and makes it easier to move around. However, it’s important not to sacrifice the strength and durability of the backpack in favour of lightness.
Comfort is a key consideration when choosing a backpack, especially if you plan to wear it for long periods. Make sure the backpack has well-padded shoulder straps and hip belts to distribute the weight evenly and avoid pressure points. Also check that the back of the backpack is well padded and ventilated, so you can breathe better and stay cool while wearing the bag.
There may be other criteria to consider depending on your needs and preferences, such as water resistance, pockets or hydration system compatibility. Take the time to think about your needs before choosing your backpack to make the best possible choice.
Choosing the right size of backpack is essential for your comfort and well-being when travelling or hiking. A backpack that is too small won’t let you carry all the things you need, while one that is too big will force you to carry an unnecessarily heavy weight. It’s therefore important to think carefully about your needs and how you will use it before choosing the size of your backpack. Depending on the length of your trip or hike and the number of items you plan to take with you, you can choose a small, medium or large capacity backpack. Make a list of all the things you plan to take with you before you choose your backpack, this will help you to assess exactly how much space you need.
These hiking backpacks are for occasional use in the lowlands, forests, coastlines and also more urban for your daily life, for commuting to work or school. You can carry your laptop, book, lunch and toiletries in a backpack like this.
Its advantage will be its versatility, as it can be used on a daily basis for all your trips.
A backpack with a volume of 20 to 39 litres is perfect for this type of outing. Accessorised for hiking, you can easily slip in your water bottle or a small water bladder with a change of clothes. This format lets you carry the bare essentials with a minimum of weight while having easy access to your belongings.
Its advantages will be its comfort and its practicality to accompany your daily trips and walks.
For fast hikers, an ultra-light, body-hugging bag is a must. The aim is to cover as much distance as possible in as little time as possible, so all your equipment should be as light as possible. Don't exceed 30 L in volume, otherwise you will slow down and be doing classic hiking instead of fast hiking.
Its advantages are its light weight and carrying comfort.
Is it your dream to go backpacking and discover new cultures? Have you even considered taking a year's sabbatical to prolong the adventure? Is becoming a backpacker your ideal life? Whether you're going on a three-week trip or a round-the-world trip, we have the right bag for you. The Forclaz Travel range has been designed to follow backpacking adventurers around the world. Because your bag is going to be your home for a few days or a few weeks, the design team focused on robustness and safety. Its U-shaped zip provides a large opening and is as practical as a suitcase.
As you'll be using your bag in transit, remember to take a smaller, compact bag which you can use when you set off to explore. And of course, as this is a backpack with a volume of over 50 litres, remember to test it loaded before you leave!
For a day hike, you should have enough room to carry water and food. To cover up, you will need a windbreaker or light waterproof jacket in case of rain and a fleece to cope with a sudden change in temperature. We recommend using a hiking bag with a volume of 20 to 40 litres. They are a good compromise between durability and lightweight while being sleek in design. If you're hiking with kids, go for the larger size to keep them as light as possible. If you're adding an overnight bivouac to your trek, you can increase the capacity to 60 L to add all the extra equipment you'll need.
Do you love losing yourself in the mountains for a few days? If you are completely self-sufficient, you will carry your tent, water, food and everything you need to sleep well. So look for a bag with a volume of 50 litres or more. For large bags, look for bags that respect your body shape and have back reinforcements, a stomach strap, a chest strap, load control shoulder straps, padded shoulder straps, good ventilation and an adjustable back to really fit you. Comfort is essential if you're going hiking several hours a day for a few days. Our single watchword: try on your loaded bag in the shop and then try on your pack with all your equipment inside. This will prevent you from realising after several hours of trekking that the load in your bag was not well distributed.
These hiking backpacks are the most versatile. You can use them to carry your day-to-day belongings, but they can also be used for weekend hikers with an optimised, lightweight packing list. Depending on the model, underneath the backpacks you will find trigger guards. They attach the straps and items outside the bag such as a groundsheet. Bags can also be designed with specific details such as for carrying hiking or mountaineering equipment.
We have selected a number of backpacks to suit your various needs. We have chosen the following criteria: practical and multifunctional bag / lightweight bag with large volume / ultra-light bag / durable bag.
You need a practical bag that can be used on a daily basis and on your trips. We have the right bags for you, whether you're on the move for a day or longer.
Do you need a durable backpack to take on your travels? We have the right bags for you. The more durable a bag is, the heavier it will be. If you need reliability and durability, these bags are perfect:
The capacity should be adapted according to your size and habits. Depending on your physical condition, don't overload your backpack so that your trips remain pleasant. Be aware
An adult can carry about 20-25% of their maximum weight on their back. Make sure you do not exceed this limit, otherwise your back will weaken and you will be exhausted during your journey.
A kid should not carry more than 10-15% of their weight (depending on their age). This limit is quickly reached by the water bottle or water bladder, snacks and some clothes!
Because your hiking backpack is your most faithful companion, we do everything we can to make sure it stays with you! Abrasion resistance tests, tear tests, UV colour fastness tests, washing tests, waterproofing tests... Thanks to a demanding series of laboratory tests, we can validate the durability of our components (fabrics, foams, etc.). We also test our finished products to check the resistance of the joins. The backpacks are then filled with weights and attached to a model which recreates the movements of a hiker fast walking, thousands of times. Whether you're going on a day hike or a multi-day trek, whether you need small or large volume,