Buyer's Guide - Women's Specific Packs
Everything you need to know about female friendly rucksacs and daypacks - and it's not just about baby blue and pink fabrics...
Why Women's Specific?
Just in case you've not noticed, women are designed differently from men. Let's leave the psychological side back in the bunkhouse and concentrate on the physiological differences. There are quite a few of those and while some women can get away with the proportions of a men's pack, some will really benefit from a women's-specific design. Our advice is to try some packs for size and see what works for you.
The good news is that more and more pack manufacturers are producing full ranges of women's packs. It's still hard to find top-end technical sacs, because the market for those is relatively small, but backpacking and daypacks are both well catered for.
Brands to check out include Lowe Alpine with its extensive ND - Nanda Devi - series of packs, Osprey Packs which concentrates mostly on the backpacking end of its range, Gregory Packs, good all-round range and Berghaus, which again has both day and multi-day packs listed.
There are other options too, but the above are a good starting point.
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