Picking a Bag
Picking the correct bag for your hiking trip or for your day to day use takes some time and consideration. There are many factors you need to look at when selecting your bag. Let's go over some of them.
- What do you want to do with your bag?
Are you going to be using this bag for day to day use or for hiking? If you're going to be using it for day to day use you need to decide what you are going to be taking to and from point A to point B. You most likely will not have the bag on your shoulders for more than 20 minutes a day (from your car into work, and vise versa). If you're going to be taking your bag hiking you will need to take a lot more time and care in picking this bag out. Not only does it need to be able to hold all of your gear and be rugged, but it also needs to be comfortable to carry over long distances.
- What kind of carry are you looking for?
As for your day to day use you can look into the single-shoulder or sling-type bags such as MOLLE-875, MOLLE-099, MOLLE-801, WX-159. These bags are not great for hiking as they do not distribute the weight across both your shoulders but one shoulder and your neck. The other style of carry that is great for the daily bag is the hand-grip bag such as MOLLE-706, BAG-220. These bags are very quick grab and go bags, great for a bug out bag as well. Now let's move onto hiking or camping bags. Picking this bag will have to do with the size of the bag and comfort. For your short walking trips I would recommend something like PACK-103, PACK-121. These packs are small, lightweight packs and great for short range walking or hiking trips. If you're planning a hiking/camping trip I would recommend a bag with a frame such as PACK-204. Some people are not fans of framed packs, so for those of you who feel that way check out WX-119, or MOLLE-722.
- What color do you want?
Now it's time to show your true colors and pick the color of your bag. I personally prefer to purchase my bags in Coyote Tan PACK-121. This color will blend in with most surroundings and will not heat-up like a black or darker color pack would. PACK-120. OD Green is great for hunting or if you want to blend into your green surroundings PACK-125. Army Digital has become quite popular; it is a universal camo that is made to blend in with most surroundings MOLLE-702. A couple of other colors you may have to choose from when it comes to picking your bag, real tree type 37225, woodland PACK-206, multicam MOLLE-875.