Commuting and traveling include hauling not only yourself but also all the stuff you will need, and that can get uncomfortable. Thus, when the Nash was created to serve the Modern Nomad who needs to be transient but well equipped, comfort was non-negotiable. Understandably, different situations call for different bags, so they all serve a purpose. But for long distances and heavy loads, especially when an adventure is involved, we knew that a backpack style was right for all the modern nomad situations.
While tote bags seem easy because of their simple design, they can be uncomfortable, especially over time. If you tend to carry your tote on the same arm, this can cause the muscles to grow more prominent while the other arm remains the same, causing further imbalance.
Depending on the heaviness of your shoulder bag, carrying it predominantly on one shoulder can also cause the opposite side of your spine to spasm, causing tightness and pain in your lower back, neck, and sacrum. This is not conducive for daily work commutes or a long hike.
With a backpack, the weight that you are carrying is distributed evenly across your back instead of focusing it on one side, maintaining your body’s natural gait and maintaining a balanced muscle tone. Though not all backpacks are the same. Design, weight, straps, padding, and size are all instrumental to a genuinely supportive and comfortable backpack.
Ergonomic Design: A standard backpack will have a simple design that doesn’t take the back or shoulders into consideration, but an ergonomic backpack like the Nash will be specifically designed for comfort, so every single feature will be comfortable, from the straps to the padding to the weight distribution.
Straps: You don’t want a bag that moves side to side. Thus that backpack should have adjustable sternum straps so that you can easily customize the backpack to the shape of your body. Also, a comfortable backpack will have thick straps to distribute weight evenly across your shoulders.
Padding: Padded straps will help to spread the weight evenly across your shoulders, so your muscles won’t be under too much pressure.
Weight: A supportive backpack should distribute weight evenly across your body, even if it’s heavy. With many internal pockets, it’s easier to distribute pressure over the length of your back, instead of everything resting on your lower back. This will reduce the chance of general back pain.
Size: A well-designed backpack can be both large and comfortable to wear. Smaller backpacks tend to be more comfortable as they are lighter and they hold fewer items, but large backpacks can still be comfortable if they’re ergonomically designed.
Keep moving and stay comfortable with the Nash.