- Women are known to have shorter torsos than men. Thus their backpacks should have a shorter frame length.
- Needless to say women are curvier than men, and hence rucksacks for women should be designed to curve around the chest.
- Women also have narrower shoulders than men. Thus their backpacks shouldn’t be as wide as the ones intended for men.
Now that we’ve considered the different elements that should be kept in mind before buying a bag, let us consider a few backpacks that are popular among women hikers and travel enthusiasts.
Osprey Ariel:The Osprey Ariel pack is made of 420D Nylon and comes with a detachable top pocket. It weighs around 65 lb and is characterized by a separate sleeping bag compartment, with multiple exterior pockets, internal bladder pockets, tube ports and compression straps. You can also choose from Ariel 75 that can carry heavier loads.
Gregory Women’s Deva 60: The pack comes with a curved waist belt that can fold on the hips, thus causing the weight to be distributed evenly. There are several side pockets and waist belt pockets that allow you to store small knick-knacks. The pack can carry about 50 pounds and is comfortable to carry heavy weight. However the fact that there isn’t much room to store things in large numbers can be a problem.
Deuter Futura Pro 34 SL Women’s Pack: This backpack is designed for women with a smaller frame, and is characterized with narrow shoulder straps and shorter frame. The shoulder straps are padded and are designed to prevent the backpack from directly sticking to your back, thus keeping you drier. There are plenty of pockets to help women store knick-knacks. There’s also a rain-cover that can be pulled to cover the pack.
Osprey Argon 85 Pack: The pack comes with hip pads and shoulder straps that intend to make the wearer feel comfortable. It also comes with a hydration sleeve that is comfortable for day tripping. It also has a ReCurve suspension that manages load transfer, and an HDPE framesheet along with two aluminum stays and aluminum rods.