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Some hikers divide their backpack into sections associated with specific needs, i.e. kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc., or by clothes, shelter, water, fire, and food. Military and law-enforcement personnel use a variety of modular and attachment systems, like , , , , , , and . Military surplus outlets are optional sources for backpacking equipment.
The trouble with conforming to any culture is the amazing variety of human nature. In the seventies people carried heavy packs who might have enjoyed high mileage hiking. Now there are thru-hikers doing high miles who might find they’d love extending their stay in wilderness. Hiking experts nowadays would encourage going as light as possible in either case. Having worn all manner of packs for all manner of hiking objectives I disagree. There are two pieces of heavier backpacking equipment I think best for most, not all, styles of hiking.