trip, short or long, will be more enjoyable when the pack fits properly,
and the gear is packed correctly. Here are some helpful tips:
For accurate fit, the pack should be tried on, or the torso measured.
Since everyone's torso length varies regardless of overall height, this is
the only way to be sure of a correct fit.
AN INTERNAL FRAME PACK:
appropriate pack size based on torso length. Torso length is the
measurement from the 7th vertebra (the prominent bump on the back of your
neck when you tilt your head forward) to the top of the hipbone, or the
Iliac crest. Torso fit for packs are listed in the spec table at the back
of this manual.
pre-bent aluminum stays and if necessary, re-bend them to match the shape
of the back.
Put on the
empty pack, and tighten the hip belt (shoulder straps are still loose). The
bent stays should fit the back when the hip belt rests on the hip bones.
Half of the hip belt should be above the highest point of the hip and the
other half below. Note the position of the shoulder straps.
pack off. Adjust the shoulder straps to their approximate position using
the adjustments. Load 20 pounds of gear into the pack.
pack on. Check the position of the stays and hip belt. The hip belt should
wrap around the hips with a few inch gap in the padding at the front. Less
than a few inches and the hip belt is too big, more than a few inches and
the hip belt is too small.
position of the shoulder straps. They should wrap around the shoulders and
attach to the pack about two inches below the top of the shoulders. When
cinched down, the end of the straps should be no more than 4 from the
armpit, and should not bottom out on the adjustment buckles. If they do, a
smaller shoulder strap is needed. The top stabilizing straps should be at
a 45Þ angle. Readjust the shoulder strap fit as necessary.
adjustments are completed, fasten the sternum strap. It will typically sit
2-3 from the collarbone. Tighten the top stabilizing straps and hipbelt
AN INTERNAL FRAME PACK:
Pack heavy gear in the middle of the pack, close to the back. This
provides good control of the pack's weight and better balance for rock
hopping and bushwhacking. Weight packed too low or too far away from the
body will pull backward. A tent can be separated from the poles, folded
tightly, and carried here. The poles can be slid down the length of the
interior or lashed to the outside. Other heavy gear-stove, cook kit, food,
etc. - goes here also.
Medium-weight items like a water purifier go in the middle of the pack,
away from the back. Lightest, bulkiest gear goes toward the outer edges
and the top of the pack.
The sleeping bag is stuffed in the bottom compartment of the pack.
ADDITIONAL PACKING TIPS:
nylon stuff sacks to organize gear.
rain gear, first-aid kit, snack's, water and other frequently used items
in easily accessible areas if not in external pockets.
fuel bottles away from food stuffs