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How to choose a backpack 

A good backpack is essential to store all of your gear on adventures. Whether you need a backpack for hitting the gym or heading on a day hike, at Rebel Sport, we’ve got you covered. Choose from an unbeatable selection of backpacks from all of your favourite brands. This guide will help you choose the right backpack for you. Here’s everything we will be covering: 

How you can choose a great backpack
Step 1: Consider what you’ll be using it for 
Step 2: Choose the correct size
Step 3: Consider the quality 
Step 4: Understand the fit 
Step 5: Try it on
Step 6: Consider accessories

Let’s get into it!

How you can choose a great backpack

If you’re in the market for a new backpack, ensure you know exactly what to look for. The right backpack will be able to store all of your gear comfortably while you take on new hobbies, challenges and adventures. We’ve put together the ultimate step-by-step guide to help you choose a backpack to suit your needs. 

Step 1: Consider what you’ll be using it for 

First things first, what will you be using your backpack for? This is an important question to ask yourself when you’re shopping for backpacks. There are so many different backpacks to choose from, all designed for different purposes. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your purchase, choose something that will be practical for you. Here are some of the backpack options that are available.

Backpacks for sports

Consider a sports backpack if you're looking for a backpack to store your workout gear. You’ll want the right gear to support you on your journey. When you're focusing on smashing your fitness goals, the last thing you want is a backpack weighing you down! Backpacks that have been specifically designed for sports should be durable and practical. If you’re planning on wearing the backpack during exercise, consider something that is compact and smaller in size. 

If you’re looking for backpacks for running, we’ve got you covered. Running backpacks allow you to focus on smashing your PB, allowing you to conveniently carry all of your essentials. This is a great option if you’re a long-distance or trail runner and need to carry a hydration pack with you. Be sure you opt for something that is lightweight, so you don’t need to carry any unnecessary weight. You will want to avoid anything that could hamper your performance. 

Backpacks for working out allow you to take on your favourite exercise with everything you need. A backpack is a great option for storing all of your gym gear when you’re on the go. At Rebel Sport, we’ve got a huge range of workout backpacks with different capacities to suit everyone.

Backpacks for kids

If you’re shopping for a backpack for your child, you should choose based on their size. A child's backpack should be proportionate to their size. This will ensure that they can wear the backpack comfortably and prevent any problems with their posture. For more info, check out our guide on how to choose a school bag for kids. At Rebel Sport, we’ve got a wide range of backpacks that are suitable for children. If your little one is in primary school, consider a backpack under 15 litres. For preteens, a backpack with a capacity of 15-23 litres might work best. If you’re shopping for a teenager, a larger backpack between 25-30 litres will work best. 

Step 2: Choose the correct size

Once you know what you’ll be using your backpack for, you’ll want to ensure you are buying a backpack in a suitable size. Backpacks are measured by capacity, which is usually in litres. In order to identify the size of the backpack, you’ll need to consider how much weight you want to carry. At Rebel Sport, we’ve got a huge range of sizes to choose from; here are the most common sizes.

Backpacks under 15 litres

Backpacks that are Under 15 litres are relatively small. This size is great for smaller children and those with a petite frame. Alternatively, this can be a good size for small day hikes when you don’t need to carry too much stuff. A small day pack is just the right size for you to take on a new adventure with all of your essentials in tow.

Backpacks 15 - 23 litres

Backpacks that range from 15-23 litres will still be relatively light. A backpack this size is a good size for day hikes and commuting to work. Backpacks that range from 15- 23 litres are relatively light, but you’ll be able to fit your key items. You’ll likely be able to fit all the essentials, such as lunch, water, snacks and a few additional pieces of clothing, laptops, and a change of clothes for the gym.

Backpacks 23 - 30 litres

Backpacks in the range of 23-30 litres are larger in size. The lower end of the scale will be great for day trips, and the higher end will make a good weekend bag. A backpack in this size range will be able to comfortably fit all of the essentials, plus so much more.

Backpacks 30 litres and larger

Backpacks that are 30 litres plus will work for backpacking trips and even a short vacation. You’ll be able to comfortably pack all of the essentials, clothing, and so much more. If you love heading out of town at the weekends, this is a great size to store all of your gear.


Step 3: Consider The Quality

When you're buying a backpack, you’ll want to ensure it lasts. If you’re planning to wear your new backpack frequently, you’re going to want one that is durable and dependable. Buying from a reputable brand is a great way to ensure the quality is good. At Rebel Sport, we are proud to stock all of the leading backpack brands, such as adidas, Janport, New Balance and more. You can conveniently filter your search by your favourite brand

Step 4: Understand The Fit

When you find a backpack you love, take the time to understand the fit. A backpack can put a lot of weight on your back. So, you’ll want to ensure you’re wearing it correctly, so it doesn't cause any back pain. This is particularly important when it comes to larger backpacks. Larger packs or specialist packs like running backpacks may also have waist fastenings for comfort. It may pay to pop into your local Rebel Sport and try on a couple to check the fit and comfort

Backpack fit tips

Choosing your backpack is one thing, but you’ll also want to ensure that you’re wearing it correctly. To ensure your backpack is as comfortable as possible, follow these backpack fit tips:

  • The backpack should sit high on your back
  • Ensure shoulder straps are adjusted to sit firmly on your shoulders
  • If there is a waist belt on the backpack, ensure this is sitting on the top of your hips. This helps to distribute weight. 
  • Ensure the contents of your bag are evenly distributed, and there is nothing sharp or uncomfortable against your back. 
  • Utilize external and internal pockets to keep all of your items securely in place.

Step 5: Try it on 

If you can, head into your local Rebel Sport store to take a look at our huge selection of backpacks in person. We recommend that you try a few different backpack styles on so you can get a feel for them. This will give you an idea of what is comfortable for your frame. You’ll be able to tell if the backpack feels comfortable and if it looks big enough to store all of your gear. Don’t worry if you can’t visit a store; you can order from the comfort of your own home instead. Take advantage of our $6 shipping and our free returns when you order online.

Step 6: Consider accessories

Once you’ve found the perfect backpack, you might discover that you need some accessories. Consider the following accessories for your next adventure:

  • Shoe bags are a great way to keep your dirty shoes separate from clean clothing and snacks. This will avoid dirt and bacterial 
  • Hydration packs allow you to stay hydrated when you’re on the go.
  • Drink bottles are a convenient way to store your water and keep it cool.
  • Coolers allow you to keep food items chilled, the perfect accessory for tramping. 


Ready to buy a new backpack?

So, there you have it, the ultimate guide on how to choose the right backpack for you. Whether you’re ticking off a Great Walk of New Zealand or embarking on another kind of adventure at Rebel Sport, we’ve got the right backpack for you. Store all of your gear in a practical, durable and stylish backpack of your choice. Take on a new adventure with everything you need in tow, shop backpacks available at Rebel Sport.