Now that we’ve gained a closer look at the various skateboard backpacks on the market, let’s consider a few of the other things you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for the ideal option for you.
First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – board straps. Specifically, why did some of the packs we recommend NOT have straps? That’s easy – not everyone needs a pack that’s capable of carrying their board when they’re not riding it. With that being said, if carrying capability is important to you, then only consider packs that come with straps. Don’t stop there, though. Look carefully at how the straps work – do they use a simple cinch system? Are they complicated to use? Are they wide enough for you? Can you adjust them to handle your specific board?
The key to any good backpack, whether a skateboard backpack or not, is the shoulder strap design. The right straps will do more than just let you hang the pack on your body. They should be able to distribute the weight of the pack evenly, so that no one part of your body is overloaded. They should be wide enough to do this without digging into your shoulders, and they should be well-padded to ensure comfort. Also consider the durability of stitching and webbing on the shoulder straps.
Volume refers to the total carrying capacity of the pack. Most manufacturers list the volume based on all pockets, not just the main compartment. Do not let this confuse you – a 30-liter bag does not usually have a main compartment volume of 30 liters. Expect to see less (sometimes much less) space in the main compartment than the primary volume rating. With that being said, you also don’t want to go too big. Be choosy about what you carry with you, and about the size of the bag. A bag that is too big will not fit properly, and the associated “slop” can make riding your board difficult.
Comfort While Wearing
How comfortable is the pack to wear? Look for features like padded shoulder straps, padded backing, and more. You should also consider how the design of the pack will help alleviate heat buildup between your back and the material. Some manufacturers use a mesh material to help here, but not all do.
How durable is the bag? Does it have a reinforced or double reinforced bottom? What about the shoulder straps and connected webbing? What about the board straps? Skateboard backpacks are investments, and you need to ensure that you’re going to get enough use out of it to warrant the purchase.
When buying a skateboard backpack, it’s important to keep several things in mind. One of those is whether or not you need the pack to stow your board when not in use. You’ll also want to consider just how much stuff you’ll need to lug along on a regular basis. Finally, consider the style you want and choose from the options we’ve provided above.