The latest China-made backpacks highlight structures that boost user convenience. With models for taking trips accounting for a significant portion of exports, businesses are directing R&D initiatives toward increasing functionality.
Compartment configuration is one aspect being enhanced. To be suitable for at least a one-day jaunt, most releases have a minimum of two pockets apart from the main storage area. These are usually found in front and may contain holders for specific items such as portable electronics and pens. Styles for longer journeys boast more than five sections.
With heightened awareness for sustainable energy, solar types are advancing as well. PV cells that can work between temperatures of -20 and 80 C are adopted. Makers include a NiMH battery and several connectors for mobile phones, media players and similar gadgets. A few designs even serve as heaters.
For hiking gear, steel supports and carbon mesh frames are utilized to maintain bag shape and distribute weight evenly from shoulders to hips. Leison E&T Co. Ltd employs a highly elastic resin frame as an alternative. Waist and chest straps increase stability. The SWS168 model from Shenzhen Hiho Luggage Bag Industry Development Co. Ltd boasts a suspension system for comfortable trekking. The feature also aids ventilation.
Bag volume varies between 20 and 80L. To augment capacity, webbing straps and elastic cords are provided for securing shoes, bottles and other personal effects.
Suppliers are adding insulation to water bladder pockets in hydration packs to maintain temperature. The capacity ranges from 1.5 to 3L.
Travel backpacks from China include hiking, wheeled, hydration and solar variants. Sling and daypacks are also available.
Polyester and nylon ripstop are the main materials. The majority of items are coated with PVC or PU for water resistance and a stiffer hand. Fiber density impacts durability. The options are from 230 to 1680d for the exterior. The lining is in 190 or 210d polyester.
Canvas and oxford constructions are also used for daypacks. PU and genuine leather are employed for these smaller designs as well.
Trolleys are usually made of aluminum or steel, while inline skate wheels are in ABS or rubber. Zipped pockets for hiding these components can be added.
Prices start at $2 and exceed $20, varying based on materials, structure and size.
For solar models, the number of PV cells and wattage are factored in. To illustrate, quotes at Shenzhen Duolilong Industrial Co. Ltd for styles with three panels are 70 percent higher than for single-panel kinds.
Rising production costs pushed makers to increase prices by more than 15 percent in the past quarter. This trend is expected to continue in the next six months.
Protex Chinalight Industries Ltd
Shenzhen Hiho Luggage Bag Industry Development Co. Ltd
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