Backpacks, Daypacks, Hydration Packs
Author: JT Date Posted:2 September 2015
Ventilated bags After working in the outdoor industry for 20 years i can confirm that design and development are changing dramatically.
After working in the outdoor industry for 20 years i can confirm that design and development are changing dramatically.
We are definitely seeing the best results from innovative brands like Osprey who have their own factory in Vietnam placing 100% into research and development. I have been using Osprey Backpacks for many years and approx 50% of the range changes every two years which is pretty standard and probably a good thing as i don't need a new backpack every year.
It is quite clear that the development technology leads the way forward with any industry and find that most of Osprey packs are copied from other brands.I have been privileged to use the Osprey AG Anti Gravity harness and as it says you don't feel the pack on your back.
I guess the biggest change was with the ventilated back system regardless of having the anti gravity system or having a standard mesh back panel. This is the best change that literally shaped the design of all backpacks. The framed mesh panel can come in many size, forms or styles and are being used in the cheaper backpacks on the market place as well as the premium brands, which are doing a better end product but you are paying for the comfort, quality and style.
Having the ventilated back system in place on any backpack will keep the pack from having complete contact with your back and ventilates to keep you cooler. The other advantage is the frame the mesh ventilation is supported by will give the backpack structure allowing the load transfer from the backpack on to the hips.
www.hiking.com.au sells many brands with ventilated back panels.