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Hiking backpack makers enhance user comfort, convenience

The latest releases allow for improved aeration and withstand heavy moisture.


  • Increased ventilation: Most products have a foam-laminated mesh backing, creating a 2 to 3cm space between the user's back and the bag to allow moist air to escape. The latest releases adopt PVC-coated mesh fabric, increasing the distance to 5 or 6cm for enhanced aeration.
  • Improved water resistance: More suppliers are replacing the traditional PU or PVC coating with TPU lamination and moisture-resistant tape, raising water resistance from 800 to 1,500mm to between 2,000 and 5,000mm. Companies are also launching ultrasonic welded backpacks. Such seamless designs prevent wetness from seeping in.
  • Specialized compartments: Many items come with an interior sleeve for holding iPads, laptops and other personal electronics. This is often foam-padded to protect the gadgets. Models with hydration bladders are also gaining in popularity. The typical capacity is 2 or 3L.
  • Lightweight, versatile: To reduce weight, makers are using thinner materials such as 190 tex nylon and eliminating the padding. These backpacks, which are designed for short hikes, are foldable and can hold 14 to 35L. Versions that can be converted into waist and shoulder bags are available as well.

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