Many people prefer simple and modern backpacks, generally known as frameless backpacks, to framed ones. Frameless packs are lightweight and weigh almost nothing when empty, even though they have many unique features. In contrast, framed packs (packs with internal frames, external frames are almost non-existent now) are heavier but distribute the weight better than the former types when packed. Frameless backpacks are also highly versatile, which is why they are becoming increasingly popular.
Reasons for Choosing Frameless Backpacks
Being lightweight and versatile frameless packs are much more convenient for daily use. Also, they do not take up much space when not used; collapsible or foldable packs can be fit into a pocket if the users wish! Even experienced hikers use frameless backpacks instead of framed ones. Frameless packs are more durable, water resistant, and weatherproof. Moreover, these backpacks are trendier than their counterparts and are best suited for college, the gym, or the workplace.
Basic packs only have a single large compartment, two side pockets, and a water bottle holder. But gone are the days in which they were popular. Nowadays, people expect frameless packs to have at least several compartments, hidden pockets, anti-theft features, and so on. The definition of ‘simple’ is changing. So, manufacturers do their best to meet their expectations and keep thinking of innovative ways to stay ahead of their competition without compromising the style or lightness of the packs they design.
Concealed front pockets and Travel Straps
Hidden pockets are usually located in the interior of a pack, but some versions of modern packs have concealed front pockets for quick access. They cannot be discerned unless someone closely examines the backpacks. Travel straps are another feature commonly seen in frameless backpacks, which enables the users to latch them to their other luggage (generally rolling backpacks or suitcases) and transport them smoothly.
Is lack of rigidity a bad thing?
Lack of rigidity in frameless packs does not pose a big problem as their contents may be arranged to provide them with some form of structure. A well-packed backpack will not slump or drag when the users are on the move. Besides, makeshift frame sheets can be placed in the packs before packing them if people are still worried. Unless people are planning to heave heavy loads, compact frameless backpacks are more than enough.
Potential for unique features
Standard backpacks are good enough, but people are always on the lookout for something more. That is why many backpacks currently have features like padded compartments/sleeves for laptops or iPads, thermal insulation, separate compartments for shoes, etc. Some versions have wheel attachments to double as rolling backpacks. Such features are available in sophisticated frameless modern packs.
Various types & styles of modern backpacks
Daypacks are versatile and are used for many purposes. Users may use them as college, gym, hiking, or travel packs. Backpacks may be designed with a focus on fulfilling a specific purpose or multiple purposes. A few packs, dubbed laptop backpacks, are best for carrying laptops. They have sufficient padding (so nothing breaks when dropped) and straps to secure the laptops (to prevent them from sliding out of a carelessly thrown pack).
A few are best suited for sports enthusiasts, as they have separate shoe compartments, nets to hold whatever ball they require (volleyball, basketball, or soccer ball), and internal dividers to separate dirty and fresh clothing. These packs are simply referred to as sports backpacks. A few other packs, known as compression backpacks and hydration packs, are also popular among people.
Knapsacks and Drawstring Backpacks are ideal for light packers, while Rucksacks are an excellent alternative to daypacks. They usually have magnetic snap fasteners, which is a relief to those who hate zipping their packs. Thousands of options are available for buyers to browse. They must decide which one to buy based on how much they plan to pack, how convenient a type of pack feels, and whether they prefer functionality or style.
Frameless Vs. Framed Backpacks
Framed backpacks are ideal for backpackers, as the frames are designed to bear the brunt of the packs’ contents. Therefore, the users’ shoulders and necks are spared from suffering under the weight of the backpack; this is a huge advantage to travelers. Also, these packs have a larger capacity than frameless ones and retain their shape even when empty.
The pack’s rigid structure makes packing easy, making it a more enjoyable chore. The backpack does not constantly shift when the users are on the move. They also provide better ventilation. However, framed backpacks are heavier and bulkier and need a lot of space, which is why most people opt for frameless ones.
On the other hand, frameless packs are more suitable when commuting. Though they do not have frames to bear the weight of their contents, they have padded and adjustable shoulder straps, sternum straps, and hip belts to evenly distribute the weight. A framed pack can hold more gear, but that does not mean they are more comfortable. Skaters, students, and travelers all prefer frameless ones due to their compact nature.
They hold everything the users need and still make them look effortlessly stylish. Can one imagine a skateboarder skating with a framed pack on his back? Wouldn’t a frameless pack with straps at the front for keeping one’s skateboard be more comfortable? Besides, what would a student do with a framed pack? All they need is something to hold their books, laptops, and phones. A framed pack with a capacity of 90 liters is not a feasible solution. Even if a frameless pack gets torn (after years of use), it can be easily repaired but repairing a framed one is more challenging.
Therefore, framed packs are the best option if people plan to hike or camp for days and need to carry heavy equipment. However, frameless ones are suitable for almost all occasions and can carry a reasonable load. They can also be used as carry-on luggage, and users will not face any hassle going through airport security. Therefore, they are excellent choices for almost anything and everything.
Switching from Framed to Frameless HIking backpacks
When considering switching from framed to frameless backpacks, a few people are at a loss as to how to do so. The primary reason a frame is essential in a pack is to manage its weight once packed. So, people who want to use a frameless one must first practice lightening their load and learn how to pack only essentials. It is startling to feel the difference between a framed and frameless pack. Ultralight backpacking ensures that hikers can cover more area, and the risk of the pack ripping apart is less.
Framed packs reduce the possibility of injuries when hiking. That is why many people start with framed backpacks and switch to frameless ones when they become more experienced. A few people continue using framed packs, as they prefer it. Ultimately, the choice will always depend on the load.
Frameless modern backpacks are rapidly gaining more attention as they are becoming more and more functional. Some models are capable of replacing travel suitcases, as they have expandable compartments that can be zipped away when not used. Compact and loaded with features, these ‘simple’ packs are increasingly becoming an essential part of people’s lives.