Your backpack has a hidden feature that could save your life

you welcome in more details, a recurring column where we investigate the purpose served by an often overlooked product element. This week: A cool, sneaky gadget built into many outdoor-oriented packages.

I clearly remember the first time I went for a walk with my grandfather. The jackets were great, all wrinkled and bright, and at the time we still used the compass, which was very stylish. But what really struck me was the backpack. All those pockets and belts, each should have a specific purpose! I can carry a lot of things in those little treasure chests, and then use them for adventures!

I soon realized I didn’t want to carry a lot of stuff, and if you’re ever in Dartmoor you can probably still find some “indispensable” folding pans I left there for an equally gullible wanderer to carry a few more miles before Realize that no one needs three utensils to make rice. But I still get a great deal of joy from exploring the different bells and whistles on my new backpacks.

Literally, whistles. Does the chest strap on the backpack now have a whistle built into the buckle? I did, because at the age of 8 I loved packing and unpacking this thing, and one day I found the whistle. Regardless of how terrible this discovery was to my father, I also realized how beneficial having a whistle attached to the sternum is always in a survival situation.

no All The package includes one, but most modern units designed for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and other ambitious outdoor activities have managed to incorporate the feature. The editor of this story was skeptical, even the first three packages he looked at — including the Dakine Syncline pictured here — did. This particular type, which forms part of the central pin of the buckle and is flipped for use, is trickier than most.

Henry Phillips

In the 24 years since my Epiphany, I’ve led many outdoor excursions, always preparing hikers with a whistle. A whistle can go a long way in remote areas, and on undulating or wooded terrain, it’s more effective than line-of-sight in alerting lifeguards to your presence.

If you get separated from your group, blow that whistle and blow and you’ll know you’re lost and where to find you. If you are on your own and trying to call the rescue, yelling is a bad idea; It will dry you out and make your throat sore. A 100 decibel whistle can be heard from 1.4 miles away, a far greater distance than your scream. With a whistle, you can emit an internationally recognized SOS distress signal by sounding three short blasts, three long blasts and three short blasts – then listen for a response from the rescuers.

Instead of whistling on a rope around your neck, or in the bottom of your bag, having one handy on your chest belt means you can reach it easily and alert lifeguards more quickly. This may sound trivial, but try falling into a frozen river in Alaska and you’ll realize how important every second is.

dakine sincline 12 liter bike hydration backpack

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