In our society, people of different walks of life are busy with their respective jobs that vary from person to person. But there are some common things that people need to have regardless of what their professions are. A backpack is one of those common things. There is no clear indication of time since when the backpack came into existence. But with time, the popularity of different types of backpacks is climbing at its peak.
Importance felt from the need
Can you think of carrying items from one place to another using your hand? It is simply no, and from here the origination of necessity grew up that ended up introducing backpacks. Backpacks were still at its primary stage when Gerry Outdoors invented the first backpack with the zipper in 1938.
Let’s Dive into The Evolution of Backpacks
Back in the days, a handful amount of people used to use backpacks for their jobs. Soldiers were the active users of backpacks that would come to your eyesight when seeing at American civil war. Those backpacks were outdated and naïve with no ergonomic design.
But in the late 1880s, a revolution in the design of a backpack came with Colonel Henry Miriam introducing a knapsack with complicated frames and loads of straps and buckles for the military. This knapsack slightly met the demand of soldiers reducing the weight of load soldiers required to take for missions. Later on, Camille Poirier came with an updated design focusing on that design brought by Colonel Henry Miriam.
Eying the Early 1990s
We saw a revolution in backpack design in the 1990s with the hand of some personalities. One of them is Ole F. Bergman who made bags from Seek Med Meis. Lloyd F. Nelson was a Bremerton entrepreneur who came with a design innovation in 1922, and later he submitted a patent for his invention. These two backpack design innovations used buckles or Velcro as their closing system.
But Gerry Cunningham’s design first introduced zippers as a closing system. His nylon-made zippered backpack came in 1938. The design got accepted by many. Kids and children started being accustomed to wearing backpacks while going to school at the end of this period.
Moving on to The Late 1900s
Nylon backpacks became more conventional in the latter part of the 1900s. This era saw an increment in backpack use. Among some popular backpacks between the 1950s to 1980s are Fjällräven bags, Plastisol ink bags, Alice backpacks, transparent bags, Kelty Backpacks, Greg Lowe’s backpacks, Jansport backpacks, and Mobile backpacks.
Backpack sat at a higher position on the back with the hand of Ake Nordin, whose backpack’s name was Fjällräven bags made of cotton and a wooden frame. Plastisol ink bags came with cartoon characters on their simplistic design and that’s why this bag got popular among children.
We still see the use of transparent bags which came into space in the 60s. On the other hand, Alice’s backpacks were durable with its reinforced metal straps. The design of a hand-crafted external frame backpack was seen in Kelty backpacks.
The Greg Lowe’s backpacks came with solving the problem of instability on rocky roads moving the backpack’s weight from the shoulder straps to the hip belt. They also introduced sternum straps and compression straps.
Another brand Jansport started its journey in 1967. Their backpacks met the demand for mountain climbers and school bags. On the other hand, molle backpacks are modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (molle) bags were designed for carrying large military supplies. Several dimensions of fashion have been added to the backpacks in the early 2000s.
Conclusion: Backpacks have come to this place transgressing many ups and downs. Manufacturers around the globe are developing newer designs with the latest technologies. Backpacks are assisting users to reduce their burden to a large extent with lightweight design. We will see updated technologies and designs in backpacks in the coming years.