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Expedition and large backpacks Fram Equipment (65-100 l)

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Travel expeditions are a special type of journey. Typically, this term refers to a long trek aimed at exploring a specific area. Even though the era of great geographical discoveries has passed, there are still many unexplored corners on Earth rarely touched by human footsteps.

Expeditions are usually longer in duration than simple hikes and are either fully or partially autonomous. This means that participants need to carry all the equipment and supplies they will require for an extended period. Therefore, when preparing for an expedition, special attention should be given to reliable gear.

When it comes to hiking, mountain, or skiing expeditions, undoubtedly, one of the key elements of equipment is the expedition backpack. In water or bike expeditions, storage specifics involve dry bags, pouches, and duffel bags. However, combined expeditions, which use multiple methods to overcome obstacles, often require a good expedition backpack.

What should an expedition backpack be like?

  • Volume: Expedition backpacks are distinguished by their large capacity (80-120L). This is necessary to accommodate everything needed for the journey. It's crucial for the backpack to be comfortable to carry even when partially filled. Therefore, consider models with adjustable volume features like roll-tops and compression straps.
  • Durability: A critical characteristic of an expedition backpack is resistance to wear and tear. The fabric should withstand prolonged exposure to UV radiation, moisture, and mechanical damage from the terrain. These backpacks are typically made from robust fabrics like Cordura and Oxford, often incorporating Rip-stop technology. Details such as reinforced bottoms, seams, and hardware are essential when purchasing an expedition backpack.
  • Weight: An expedition backpack should be not only durable but also lightweight. Since you'll be carrying dozens of kilograms of equipment, any reduction in weight is significant. Fram Equipment's history began with creating the ultralight Osh expedition backpack, weighing just 1 kg for a 100L backpack, achieved through a seamless design with minimal seams.
  • Construction: An expedition backpack should have an anatomical design adapted for prolonged wear.

Back Panel: It can be adjustable or non-adjustable. In the former case, the backpack will be universal and suitable for anyone, while in the latter, the backpack needs to be individually fitted to the owner's height.

Frame: Backpacks with frames ease adjustment and reduce the load on the back. However, some expedition backpacks may be frameless, with a foam pad or flat, rigid gear providing back support.

Hip Belt: Soft, snugly fitting around the hips to transfer weight from the back.

Shoulder Straps: They should securely attach, be soft, and comfortable to avoid chafing.

  • Pockets: It's convenient for an expedition backpack to have separate pockets for various items, side pockets for water bottles, and belt or strap pockets for phones/navigators. However, an excessive number of pockets adds weight to the backpack.
  • Attachments for Gear: Although expedition backpacks are designed to hold everything inside, some equipment is more conveniently attached externally. For example, bulky specialized gear like ice axes, trekking poles, and ropes.

We hope this guide helps you prepare for your expedition. If you are looking for where to buy an expedition backpack, our website offers a wide selection of backpacks of various volumes, materials, and price ranges.

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