volume of rucksacks
we measure the carrying capacity of a rucksack in litres. to give you some idea of which volume of rucksack you should use in different situations the following list will help you:
weight capacity: situations:
under 10 litres a short or fast walk/jog.
11-25 litres ideal for fast action trips.
26-35 liters short hillwalking
36-45 litres long hillwalking or mountain walking, scrambling and mountaineering.
46-55 litres winter hillwalking, mountaineering, a hut to hut walk or lightweight camping expeditions.
56-65 litres camping expeditions and long distance walks.
65+ litres long distance camping expedition (last more than 2 nights)
resistance to water
Not many rucksacks are waterproof as water can leak in through the seams. Here is what you should get/use to waterproof your rucksacks:
- waterproof rucksack liner
- a drawcord to close the main compartment opening
- a deep snowlock extension (better than the drawcord
- zips that have a stormflaps covering them
How to guides from Fjallraven
how to pack a rucksack
Lightweight Hydration Packs
Minimalistic pack containing a hydration bag and tube and small storage space. Used more by cyclists and runners than walkers.
Usually 15 to 30 litres in size designed to carry enough gear for a reasonable days walking including lunch and spare clothing.
They are the next size up with a typical range from 30 to 60 litres.
if you have a hydration system you need to make sure there is a internal pocket for the bladder of the hydration system and a exit hole for the hose and mouth piece.
Hydration systems for rucksacks