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Fit a Backpack Like a Pro

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Getting a backpack may seem like a pretty simple activity to most but you can get technical and get a whole lot more out of any backpack you get. Wether it be a small backpack or a large on there are some things that you should consider in the fitting of a backpack.

You need to first find out what length your torso is, I’ll give you a quick explanation about how to figure this out along with a couple of other tips for finding the right backpack.

Finding the length of your torso will take some assistance. Get a helper to measure from the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your hips, and whala, that is your torso length. Now you can figure out if you need a large or small backpack. There are size specs on most backpacks, so take a look.

Another consideration to take into account is your waist size. A good backpack will transfer most of the weight directly to your hips with the aid of the waist belt. I have not ever seen a waist belt that was not adjustable but if you are really big or really small you will want to make sure that the belt fits. You also need to remember that on a long hike or through general use you will either loose some weight or the foam in the belt will compress. I seem to continually cinch the waist belt tighter as I hike. Make sue that the waist belt is comfortable and does not hit you in any tender spots with sharp edges.

Though not as important as the waist belt the chest strap must also be properly sized and in a good location. This is often more important on women than men for obvious reasons. Most women’s packs take this into consideration.

So weather it be a large or small backpack or if it is a computer backpack or a mountaineering pack. Take into account the ergonomics of the pack for a much better experience. Your back and shoulders will thank you later.


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