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Backpack's Story

Everyone can agree on the usefulness of a Backpack. No matter what the occasion, location, or operation, a backpack will come to the rescue. It’s surprising that the history of the backpack isn’t as well known as it should be, because with every great object comes a great story.

Backpacks can easily be traced back to our previous hunter gatherer lifestyle. Hunters would need something to carry their prey back with them, and what better utensil than a backpack? The bags themselves were made of animal skins and were robust and durable. Different sizes would have different purposes and met all standards of practicality.

Though, much has changed since those days. Not only have we become more sophisticated in treating materials and leathers, but we have different purposes, designs, colours and uses for our modern backpacks. From our stylish and modern leather backpacks like the Conehead from aunts&uncles to the long lasting and ready for any occasion and any thunderstorm cordura backpacks from Kletterwerks and Crumpler.

But it’s not just the story of the bag itself that is interesting, but the name it has been given. It may be obvious that it should be given the name of what it actually is, a pack for the back, but there is more to it than that.

The original word would, in fact, be ‘Rucksack’, from the German and used mainly in the UK and in America. Though by 1910 this borrowed word was translated and the ‘Backpack’ become known to us for what it is now, worldwide.