The Survival Backpack – Section #5: Daypacks & Backpacks for Women, Always at Hand or Nearby.



These should be designed with reduced back heights and “s” shaped shoulder straps to free up the chest.

ALSO NOTE, there are shorter shoulder straps and a wide waist belt positioned well on women’s hips. In addition,the shape of the shoulder straps of the bag are notched so as not to pass over the chest in the area of the breasts.

It is important to take into account your size and your physical condition. You will choose the back length of your backpack according to your height, and this is what will determine the shape and size of your bag. 

Indeed, a person measuring 1.50m will not choose the same backpack as a person of 1.80m in terms of back length and shape: it would not be practical for your backpack to protrude above your head !

Therefore, if a woman is over 1.75 m tall, for example, a men’s backpack will be more suitable than a women’s bag. In the perfect opposite, if a man is of a small build, he could quite well orient himself towards a feminine backpack. A matter of common sense.

Your weight as well as ‘fitness’ determines the load you can carry on your backpack. Generally, for an adult female, the total weight of the bag should not exceed 15% of the weight of the wearer. Should you be in good physical condition, the value could extend to 15% of your body weight.


To avoid breaking your vertebrae during a walk, opting for a quality day/backpack adapted to your morphology is already eliminating a lot of potential future problems. 

Know how to qualify the  type of backpack  you need: for mountaineering, a high mountain trail, a trip? For what versatility? Priority to practicality or lightness? What lifespan?

[ For now, we will confine ourselves to the situation of an impromptu trip comparable to an emergency event in which we have to move to another location at short notice. ]

The first choice criterion for a backpack is the likely duration of your outing

We do not carry the same bag depending on whether the hike will be short or long.

  • For a day trip: a bag of less than 40 Litre is sufficient. The thinner waist belt is used primarily to stabilize the bag. ( Referred to as Daypacks).
  • For longer adventures, type GR20, opt for a bag with a minimum volume of 45 litres. The bag must have a more complex resistant carrying system to transfer the weight . “To carry/support a large volume for a long time, 70 to 80% of the weight must be supported on the hips, indicates Clément Farcy, one of the backpack developers at leading manufacturer Lafuma. The specific construction transfers its weight to the belt, which is wide and padded, which encompasses the hips well ”. ( Commonly known as Backpacks).


For a short hike of two or three days, a bag of 40 litres maximum is sufficient. On the accessories side, we can find:

  • A tent rack or racket rack
  • The location for the pole holder or ice ax holder for mountaineering.
  • The Camel bag or other hydration system, a document holder, side pockets closed with a zip.

Which back protector design should you choose?

The back is a strategic area which concentrates all the attention of developers of hiking equipment. To maximize the comfort of the walker, there are several types of back protector that will influence your choice when purchasing a backpack. It all depends on the activity involved. So ….

Ventilated Back : A kind of net called “mesh” is stretched over a curved frame in contact with the back. Thanks to the load offset, it is possible to pass the hand behind the back, which ensures excellent ventilation. This is the best way to wick away perspiration . Disadvantage: the frame takes up space on the inside of the bag. While this system is ideal for long distance hiking , it is not suitable for more active sports.

Back to contact : A rigid foam plate that acts as a dense, thermo-formed frame is molded with ventilation channels and perforations to maximize ventilation. The load is pressed against the back but only in very specific areas. Perfect for active sports like cycling .

Contact Back : The mesh provides ventilation through its honeycomb construction. They vary in rigidity and weight depending on the use and volume of the backpack.

What is the Difference Between a Daypack & Backpack ?

Daypacks are the smallest of the backpack family, typically measuring between 20 Litres – 40 Litres. Unlike larger, overnight backpacks, daypacks do not have an internal frame and are designed to carry loads of no more than 20 to 25 pounds. A a small backpack (= a bag used to carry things on your back), used especially when travelling or walking for a day.

While backpacks can have many uses (and are a great choice for everyday use), daypacks are best used for hiking or overnight trips. A daypack, in comparison to a backpack, usually carries more items, is made of more durable materials, and is designed specifically for lighter loads.

You can’t use most daypacks for overnight and weekend backpacking trips because you need to carry a lot more gear, such as a sleeping bag/quilt, sleeping pad, sleeping clothes, tent/shelter/hammock, stove, cooking pot and utensils, and more food.

Summarizing, The daypack is tasked with carrying all of the essential gear for a day outside, making it a smaller cousin to the classic backpacking pack. Whether you’re heading out for a quick hike, an all-day epic, or anything in between, the right daypack can mean the difference between having a good day and having a great day.

Below, we review 3 WOMENS DAYPACKS = Part (1).

Part (1).

NAME of MODEL Gregory Jade 28L Gregory Juno 24L Osprey Tempest 20
INTRODUCTION This is a daypack they designed to handle lots of weight for such a use. This is what defines its place on the market and separates it from the crowd. So this relatively small pack will allow you to carry up to 35 lb (16 kg) of weight.This is part of a series consisting of 5 model options in total and this 28 Litre model is the smallest capacity/volume. Gregory Juno 24 H20 is a pocket-rich hiking daypack with an exceptional hydration system and storage management. Designed to keep you comfortable on the trails, this backpack has VaporSpan ventilated suspension with moisture-wicking mesh, so you can keep moving whilst staying cool. The custom-fitted rain cover means you’ll be protected from the elements. This daypack from Osprey is part of the iconic Tempest series. Perfect all-rounder, specially developed for women. Compact and comfortable daypack with very well ventilated back panel.
BASIC SPECIFICATIONS : - Weight - Volume - External Material/s => 1,191g ; 28 Litres ; 100% Nylon => 879g ; 24 Litres ; 210D Honeycomb Crypto rip nylon, 420D reinforced bottom. => 879g ; 20 Litres ; 100D x 210D Bluesign Recycled Robic Nylon.
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES As a daypack, the Jade 28 delivers the fit and comfort not found elsewhere. The body-wrapping 3D hip belt combined with an adjustable custom fit, make this ventilated suspension well adapted to carry a day’s worth of supplies. - Women's specific die-cut shoulder harness - Raincover included - Sunglass QuickStow system on shoulder harness for quick, secure and scratch-free access to your shades - 6 Additional pockets - Whistle - Key clip. - Hydration sleeve (internal) with SpeedClip. Designed to keep you comfortable on the trails, this backpack has VaporSpan ventilated suspension with moisture-wicking mesh, so you can keep moving whilst staying cool. The custom-fitted rain cover means you’ll be protected from the elements. - Custom fitted raincover - Sunglass QuickStow system - 6 Additional pockets - Whistle - Key clip - Internal hydration sleeve The Tempest features an adjustable torso length for a perfect fit. The AirScape back system has been used for optimal ventilation of your back. In addition, the shoulder straps and hip belt are padded and equipped with ventilation material. As a result, the load is well distributed. - 8 Additional pockets - Sternum strap with emergency Whistle - Key Clip - Hip belt - External hydration sleeve
PROS & CONS - Adjustable torso length ; Ease of use & Excellent comfort ; Great back ventilation. - Large volume makes it easy to add too much content which otherwise would not be necessary ! - The best part of this outfit is the 3D hydration bladder, and the dedicated hydration sleeve and hanger that provides for simple, one-handed, snap-and-go fillings and attachment/removal. - Pack can feel heavy with 3L of water ! - The Tempest features an adjustable torso length for a perfect fit. If you also mountain bike: this backpack has a LidLock helmet attachment system. - The AirScape back system has been used for optimal ventilation of your back. - Walking sticks/pickel attachment - Water bottle pockets are on the 'smallish' size - Expensive ! - Not Suitable For Large Women.

Below is our review of 3 Women Specific BACKPACKS

= Part (2).

Part (2).

NAME of MODEL Gregory Deva 60 Osprey Aura AG 65 Gregory Maven 65L
INTRODUCTION The Gregory Deva 60 bag is the feminine version of the Baltoro model. A suitable volume of 60 litres, always spacious and well balanced! The Response A3 carrying system perfectly follows your movements during your demanding treks, it adapts to all situations The ideal bag for female trekkers wishing to embark on major routes and who need to carry a lot of equipment . The Aura AG 65 offers multiple storage options and excellent carrying comfort. The Gregory Maven 65L women's backpack is suitable for multi-day trekking tours thanks to its large capacity for the necessary material. The nylon construction areas give it reinforcement and improve its durability. It has a waterproof cover for rain.
BASIC SPECS - Weight - Volume/Capacity - External material/s => 2.13Kg ; 60L & 70L ; 210 Dernier Nylon. => 2.04Kg ; 60L & 65L ; Nylon. => 1.59Kg ; 45, 55, 65 Litres ; Nylon/polyester.
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES - compression straps ; - pocket(s) on the waistband ; - accepts a water bottle (water bottle sold separately) ; - ice axe/pole holder ; - sleeping bag compartment ; - adjustable collar ; - removable bag included. - Adjustable AG AntiGravity 3D back system with hanging net - Adjustable belt - Internal hydration sleeve - Base compartment with internal sleeping bag divider - Expandable front pocket - Stretch mesh side pocket. - Sizes XS, S and M - Aerolon adjustable torso with Matrix breathable back panel and gription lumbar pad - Women's specific quick adjust hip belts with large zippered pockets - Women's specific die-cut dual density shoulder harness with sternum strap with hydration clip - Number of Exterior Pockets = 6 + main compartment - Sleeping Bag Compartment = Yes ; Raincover Included = Yes.
PROS & CONS - unbelievably comfortable even when packed heavy. - 3 sizes available: XS, S and M - Stable, sturdy & spacious. < This is a heavy backpack ; < no integrated rain cover included. + Double zipped pockets with easy access from the front to store a rain jacket. + 2 pockets on the belt: can accommodate a laptop, knife. + Sleeping bag compartment. < Expensive ; < this bag itself is quite heavy, not ideal if you want and/or have to travel light. < The size of the bag: this bag is quite imposing. + " The flexible frame and all the points of adjustment make this pack completely customizable to your body. Absolutely love it " + the backpack has side zipper ; < Mesh pockets lack durability. < Feedback comments say that the shoulder straps & hip belt are a bit " thick and rigid ".

How to fill your Day/Backpack

Choosing the ideal design of your bag according to your activity is imperative in order not to get hurt. To improve your comfort, be careful to distribute the volume well so as not to be unbalanced while walking. Use the compression straps to keep the package compact.

  • Rule n ° 1: Keep the equipment you need regularly at hand .
  • Rule n ° 2: Even if the bag is bulky, avoid the superfluous.
  • Rule n ° 3: The center of gravity of the bag is the middle of the back. Place heavy objects closer to the back (not outside the bag) and under the shoulders.

  • DON’T FORGET : (a) Try to make sure your belongings do not move otherwise you will be unbalanced during the walk ; (b) Use the compression straps to keep the backpack unit compact.


Don’t wear the pack too low on your back since this can cause serious problems/discomfort OR even injury. ALSO

  • Don’t overload your pack.Only carry the weight you need to i.e. never more than 15% of your body weight.
  • Don’t pack heavy items away from your body
  • Your day/backpack is /will be suited to your requirements.Never share / loan your pack to other persons.


Picking up your backpack– Learn several ways to lift a heavy backpack. For example : face the back of your pack with its shoulder straps facing you. With your knees slightly bent and one leg forward, slide the pack up to your thigh. Then, put one arm through its shoulder strap and swing the pack onto your back.
– Bend your knees and lift your pack using both hands. Have a friend hold the pack whilst you insert your arms.
Wearing your backpack– Use BOTH straps rather than slinging the pack over one shoulder. This will ensure that you distribute the weight of the pack, evenly.
– Adjust the straps so that they feel secure & comfortable
– Utilize the waist belt if supplied with the model.

Daily Essentials For Your Backpack


There’s no need to confine your backpack kit to just the bare basics. Ultimately, you’re only limited by your imagination and the amount of space in your pockets or bag.  Again, that doesn’t mean you should go wild and carry a heavy suitcase around, but you can pack first aid essentials and other critical supplies.

A ‘few’ suggestions to help you get started….

Lip balm
Feminine hygiene products: E.g

Hand sanitizer
Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
Toilet paper
Baby wipes

First Aid:
Face mask
Adhesive bandages
Gauze pads
Alcohol wipes
Antibiotic cream
Pain reliever (like aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen)
Extra prescription medication
Burn cream
Ace bandage
Latex gloves

Bottled water
Water purification tablets
Portable water filtration straw like the Sawyer Mini *or Lifestraw * (*Refer to our Food & Water menu if you want to rule out the possibility of having to drink foul-tasting tap water OR muddy water from a stream).

Outdoor Survival:
Bug spray
Fire starter
Emergency tinder (like Vaseline soaked cotton balls or char cloth)
Mylar emergency blanket
Portable compass (Make sure you learn how to use it.)
Map of area and/or destination
Signaling mirror (Also handy for fixing make-up disasters)

Other Supplies:
Super glue
Safety pins
Rubber bands
Zip ties
Small trash bags
Energy or protein bars
Solar charger for cell phone
Paracord or twine
Duct tape
Map of area and/or destination
Notepad and pen

This is a pretty long list but and nobody is expected to carry a backpack containing ALL these items and supplies. The best advice to give you is (1) start ‘small’ and choose a number of items you consider a must have. Then, (2) slowly add to your collection where and when you wish.

Our Risk Assessment Matrix (Members’ Area) will certainly help you with your selection/s. However, for the meantime let’s now go onto to discuss Backpacks for other adults (Men), section 6.





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