The Urban Dictionary of Trending Backpacks

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The Urban Dictionary of Trending Backpacks

Whether you are a student or a worker, backpacks are something that are made to appeal to everyone. Is it okay to get any type of backpack though? Absolutely not! Some backpacks are made with a certain type of activity in mind, while others are made with something else in mind. The first step towards figuring out what type of backpack you need is to determine what you need from it. Are you going to be playing a lot of sports or going hiking?

A durable backpack is something that you are going to need. Are you looking to backpack around the world for an extended period of time? A backpack with a large amount of storage is something that is essential for your travels. The last thing you want is to buy a backpack only to find that it fails to deliver on what you needed it for.

The other worrying thing with backpacks is the terminology they use surrounding them. With so many words and numbers thrown around, how can you get a good idea of what your backpack truly is capable of. Take a look at these terms to make sure that you fully understand what your trending backpack is offering and if it is best for you.


Compartments are one of the most basic features that every backpack has. A compartment, put basically, is a pocket that helps you to store all of your belongings. So, does a bag with more compartments mean that it has a lot more room for storage? Contrary to popular belief, more compartments does not equal more storage space. Certain companies like Herschel combats this by having both plenty of compartments, and volume with their bags. Looking at these backpacks, and these reviews from BagAcademy, a good mixture of compartments and storage space makes for the ultimate backpack. Don’t get lured into buying a backpack due to the number of compartments it has.

A bag with 20 compartments could have the same amount of storage space as one compartment. What compartments are best for is organization. Having lots of compartments can allow you to separate your materials so you can easily locate things. Pencils and pens can be stored into one compartment, while textbooks can be stored into another, and finally your notebooks can be stored in a third compartment. The number of compartments is important information to have, but it is essential that you compare it with this next backpack term.


Volume and storage compartments go hand in hand when looking at backpacks and what they are capable of. Volume indicates how much space is available within the backpack and how much it can hold. For example, a backpack with only 10L of storage capacity will not be able to hold that many materials. This is why it is important to consider both the volume and number of compartments when looking at a backpack. The average backpack has around 20-30L of volume with some extremely large backpacks carrying in the upwards of 60L. While having a backpack with an extremely large storage space sounds nice, they will often carry a hefty price tag as well. If you are looking to carry a laptop and several books, look into a bag that has a high number of compartments and volume so that you can carry it. Make sure that you get the storage space you need to carry everything.

Fabric and Bases

When looking at backpacks, they will often tell you the material they are made out of and what the base of the backpack is made of as well. This is important for figuring out how durable and portable the backpack will be, along with how easy it will be to carry. Certain fabrics are lighter weight, and while that means they will not be as durable as something like leather, they will make carrying your items that much easier. If you are looking just to simply bring your items from point A to point B without much hardship in between, a light fabric such as polyester is great for you. If you are looking to travel through woods and expose your backpack to the elements, then you would want to look into a ballistic nylon or a leather to ensure the backpack survives for a long period of time. Check out the fabrics and bases your backpack has and see if it meets the needs of what you will be using it for.

It can be hard to make a decision on buying the right backpack. You might see a backpack you really like but after further purchase, find out it lacks many of the features you need. This is why it is important to understand these backpack terms and what it means for you, the consumer. Having a large number of compartments is great for storage, however if you are looking for more space, volume is what you need. Consider the fabric and material of the bag as well to ensure it is as durable as you need it to be. What will you be using your backpack for?

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