Here’s an excerpt from our new “Backpack Buying Guide” from our Knowledge Base:

There are a ton of great packs on the market today. From packs for serious ultra-light backpackers to weekend warriors, and from desk jockeys to the always prepared. Somewhere out there is the right pack for everyone. Here at Going Gear, we stock a huge selection of packs and bags from great brands like Maxpedition, Osprey, 5.11, Arc’Teryx, CamelBak, Patagonia,Mountain Khakis, Salomon, and Black Diamond.  If you’re in the market for a new pack, this article will help you figure out what features you’re looking for in a bag.

Now, full disclosure, the title say’s, “backpack,” but this article will attempt to encompass all types of bags from the tried and true two-strap version, to the ever-growing sling pack market, to duffels for just hauling lots of stuff.

Also, lets keep in mind that everything has its pros and cons. There is always a trade off. Minimalist packs are super easy to carry, but they’re small and don’t offer much in the way of organization. Maxpedition offers a ton of organization options, but everything added increases the weight. Sling packs offer easy access, but can cause strain on the shoulder you carry it on. You have to keep in mind what is most important to you in your pack, and what you can do without. Things you’ll probably want to consider include fit, weight, style, comfort, organization options, accessories, size, gear safety, and probably more things that I’m not even thinking of.

Want to find out how to find the perfect pack? Head on over to the “Backpack Guying Guide” in the Knowledge Base section of our website. While you’re there, brush up on your gear knowledge with our other great Knowledge Base Articles.