The Differences Between Backpacks and Rucksacks

Backpacks

A pack that is carried on one’s back. Although Americans did not invent the backpack, the term were coined and were popularly used until now. In the U.S., a backpack is often referred to a child’s schoolbag, but in a broader sense, a backpack will be a suitable pack for a day trip or weekend trip.

A good backpack for adventures will be made of waxed canvas or a technical fabric. It has two shoulder straps (not just a child’s schoolbag), the shoulder straps actually carry very little weight. And, for that reason, the load is mainly detracted to padded hip belts. Hip belts transfer the backpack weight from the shoulders to the hips, thus, will be able to carry most of the load with body’s largest muscles, legs. But, to be effective, especially with heavy loads, hip belt of the packs must be long enough to wrap around the front of the hip bones, not up at the waist. Rucksacks

backpack
backpack

Essentially a large, rugged backpacks. The word “rucksack” is taken from the German “der rücken” which means “the back.” Rucksack is a pack often used for camping or hiking, and a good one is made of strong waxed canvas or technical material. This type of pack has pockets and belts used to hold heavy loads and can accommodate a bigger and more quantity of things than that of a backpack. Rucksacks may also have hip belts and often chest straps as well. A large rucksack is an ideal pack to use from an extended hiking and camping adventure to traveling around the world.

rucksack
rucksack

As similar as backpacks and rucksacks are, there is none but one particular distinction found is that “rucksack” tends to be a term that is more commonly used in a military application, and rucksacks also tend to have a main entry point at the top of the pack, which is normally bound or locked tight.

Both backpacks and rucksacks will allow carrying heavy loads more easily than is possible in a purse or on the front of one’s body. The choice between these two packs is really a matter of how many things is needed to take or carry and how long those things need to be carried.

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