How to Choose Your Backpack to Run by Mountain

As with any other type of mountaineering equipment, the choice of a backpack or Fanny Pack to run by mountain will depend on each person. Everyone will choose that feel most comfortable running and system that best fits your needs and your body.

Exposed this as a general rule, we would like to highlight the special care that must be taken at the time of the election, especially by those brokers who come to the mountain from the world of running, with little or no self-sufficient in alpine terrain and mountain experience.

The reason? Obsession with weight has taken to many unnecessary risks, which in competition try to be minimized by the Organization through the binding material, but that outside it can cause many problems.

According to handbagpicks, the choice of a backpack must always be based on security: depending on the location, type of terrain, conditions, distance, time of year, etc, we will decide what is the equipment essential to deal with training or test (hydration, food, warm clothing and rain, light, etc), and then choose the backpack that fits this material , then Yes, choosing between the different systems and capabilities that fulfill this prerequisite, more suited to us.

Must never be done backwards, (something which unfortunately is usual): choose a backpack or Fanny Pack to a tiny, for weight savings, and only take what should be in it, eliminating essential elements of shelter and safety.

Sometimes the choice is not easy: we carry everything you need, but not load with absolutely nothing superfluous.

Perhaps, before we get into the choice of backpack for racing by mountain, we should start talking about upon the:

RELATIONSHIP SEGURIDAD-PESO IN RACES BY MOUNTAIN

In the year 2014, shortly after competing in the last week of July in Benasque great Trail Aneto-Posets, published the test on the crampons for mountain Ice Master, Camp shoes, Fernando Tomás, head of Barrabés shopping, made during this test.

This year, participants were split between those who carried suitable crampons and which not. In a race so Alpine, where there are areas like Salenques on that during 20km along with a technical mess of snow, rocks and ice, the organization raises the bar of required material, sometimes before the misunderstanding of some brokers more accustomed to other types of tests in much. And many of these runners tend to ignore everything that is not bound by the organization.

The protests of the participants are caused by weight gain which is loaded with such material.

Due to the great amount of snow, night rehielo on previous nights, the organization installed fixed in the Hill of Salenques rope. But even so, those who not carrying proper crampons, Ice master, or not wearing any kind of crampons, had strong difficulties due to snow ice, including a serious accident during the descent, which ended in the evacuation.

Our colleague ended the test after 23 hours, ranked 19. His words were very clear at the end: “I get more than one hour of advantage the majority of brokers in Salenques. I have advanced to about 15 on the way down. “I have also descended very safe, people was happening wrong, one asked you to give her hand to help him, despite the rope, and there has been a serious accident.”

Viewed thus, the question is two things:

  • Can we play with our security, even with our lives, by not charging with 500 grams of weight to the back?
  • Truly will we tire less avoiding load that weight, if that supposed to be 2 hours more in the test, making a tense exertion also during those hours for the tricky of the situation? Or rather we are going to spend much more energy than we save avoiding load weight during this time of great tension? If we suffer hypothermia by a strong drop in temperature with rainfall that is blocking us, do compensates for not wearing a light coat garment?

Eliminating material security necessary for the activity we undertake not only our physical integrity but that we also lose energy and time very necessary in a Ultra.

Therefore, we want to emphasize, as we said at the beginning, Basic and requirement prior to any election system of transport for racing by mountain is that it allows us to carry all the essential and necessary material for our security in that specific activity, career, training, or exit mountain.

TYPES OF BACKPACKS

BELTS:

As we say, we must carry everything you need, but nothing superfluous. And what is necessary and what is superfluous depends on the conditions and circumstances.

If we go out to run around our city 2 hours, or compete in tests short or stockings with care, leaks, refreshment, available water, easier terrain, etc, we can dispense with many of the elements of security inherent in a test or race more mileage by alta or mid-mountain, with long areas of self-sufficiency.

Normally, you can serve us a Fanny Pack that we can carry the basics: drums of hydration, any energy, bar mobile phone if there is a problem, perhaps a very compact and light raincoat. Everything is perfectly crafted, and at any time we should let go of the lumbar support to achieve something we need; in fact, even we will have to stop the March to moisturize or remove the waterproof.

The design is special and very different from the urban hip and trekking. Edges rounded and curled to avoid friction by sliding, load attached to the body, perfect balance, do not move or load is balanced, grid belt to prevent the excessive sweating, very ergonomic…

The more minimalist that we can find, but it is really effective when we only need to take the most basic, are Pro Trail, Arch Max belts. In various sizes and colours, incorporate 6 small pockets… and a rear pole!.

Among the most versatile models, we highlight the Camp Ergo Belttool belts, Solomon Agile Belt Set, in its two versions of 250 and 500, or Dynafit React 600

Among the more technical models, we highlight the S -lab Advisor Skin 1 Belt, Solomon pouch.

BACKPACKS

A backpack for running by mountain cannot prevent us career. That’s why, unlike other backpacks, its design tries to look like a second skin that does not obstruct us movements, and above all to get the load not us unbalanced and does not move to the run.

The marks discovered that the best way to achieve this is creating a kind of vest adapted to the body and that material go distributed.

Obviously, the advantage of this design is its great ergonomics that does not prevent any movement, and the weight distribution front and back throughout greater extension, who do not unbalanced and that we feel that we have been “less” weight.

However, sacrifices comfort and functionality front delivery, resulting in too oppressive for many popular and advanced runners who often choose backpacks that are rather a mixture between a load backpack and a jacket, also specially designed for runners. Less radical and belted, are more comfortable.

For this reason, although all backpacks for racing have an air of vest, differentiate between ordinary jackets (Solomon S-Lab), very technical, for those who are looking for the best time and the best performance; and backpacks which, although they do have a great fit and vest air, are more loose-fitting, for the rest. The average runner, and those who walk more sections in ultras, and rises, will prefer the convenience.

And usually have sizes for a perfect fit. A problem of the vests is that the correct choice of the carving is essential; otherwise, we will be uncomfortable.

By this setting need, have been created a few specific models for the female anatomy. This is the women’s collection we have at Barrabes.

Vests or backpacks should have, in addition, enough compartments to cover the needs of a long ultra (clothing, sufficient energy food, hydration, even crampons), and some kind of pole system. Some will take up rain cover.

And all this must be, yes or Yes, accessible. Except for rare contingency, for normal operations we should not have to remove the backpack. Why (besides by the distribution of weight), load areas is found in the belt, upper part of the shoulder, etc. Even most allow extraction of Poles without removing backpack and without stopping.

With respect to hydration, they must bear hydration with inner bag and tube system. This allows us to drink without modifying hardly gesture. Also bottle cages.

Internal hydration system for bag and tube has clear advantages, but a drawback: to fill it, must remove the backpack and, occasionally, remove the backpack bag.

Hydration by drums has the disadvantage that there is to modify movements in race for drinking; but it has two advantages: should not be removed the backpack to fill (more comfortable and fast), and virtually all backpacks have 2 bottle cages: This allows us to fill one with water and one with isotonic drink, for example.

BACKPACKS (3 TO 7-8 LITERS) SMALL

This type of backpacks are very good for short tests and up to 45 km, provided that they are racing in which the areas of self-sufficiency are not long. The smallest, 3 litre, allow the minimum indispensable; the 8 can serve some for longer than 45 kilometers test.

Vest, include Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra Set, Salomon S-Lab Sense Set, and Salomon s -lab Advisor Skin 5 Set models.

As a backpack, the best choice through models Grivel Mountain Runner Light, Salomon Agile 2 Set, Ultimate Direction Ak Race Vest.

LARGE BACKPACKS (8-10 LITRES TO 20 LITRES)

While this group will find backpacks up to 20 liters, if running it is, does not usually exceed 12 liters. Between 10-12 litres is the capacity standard.

Give us a great autonomy, and in them we can take all necessary and essential to our security, both ultras forays into high mountain or complex terrain and weather conditions.

They are more complex to design, by its increased load that inevitably tends to move, but it should be noted that, at present, any of these backpacks allow running perfectly no problems, fluctuations, or imbalances. Truly, designs are very refined, evolved and tested, and give a spectacular performance to mountain runner after overcoming makers note the complexity of the design. Between 8 litres, a great option is the Raid Light Ultra Elm

The most used by far have between 10-12 liters, which has become the standard of capacity. With the current material, most can perform on that volume everything to an ultra or any output without compromising your safety.

We would highlight the backpack Camp Trail Vest Light (probably the best price of all), Grivel Mountain Runner 12, Ultimate Direction Pb Adventure Vest 2.0, Solomon Agile 12 Set, Dynafit Enduro 12, or the Salomon Skin Pro 10 Set semi-chaleco.

As vest, we find the Salomon s -lab Advisor Skin3 12 Set. 12 litres very technical.

Beyond the 12 liters, backpacks for racing between on the ground of self-sufficiency. Racing without aid stations, very long, either training or days on the mountain with very long distances that require special security, winter, etc.

We can find 15 liters (Solomon Skin Pro 15 Set, vest), 17 liters (Solomon Agile 17, or vest Solomon Skin Pro 14 + 3 Set), or 20 liter (Salomon Trail 20).

These capacious bags are very versatile. For running, are best reduced volume. But they have the advantage that, they are also very effective for rapid or light trekking, hiking, etc.

Its versatility makes that, although all are reluctant to purchase a backpack of these features first, a time that it has becomes a “closet Fund” essential for some occasions.

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