When it comes to finding the best pack, regardless of what you are going to be using the pack for, you need to choose carefully. Whether you are looking for a pack that you can take with you into the field, that you could use when you are hunting and fishing, or even just something that you could use for everyday activities, it is important that you how to choose the right pack and how to wear it properly.
Ultimately, if you are not wearing the pack properly, you are going to find that even a high-quality, expensive pack is going to cause you problems and pain. It is important that you make sure that you have a pack that sits on your shoulders correctly, as well as provides you a maximum level of comfort. Fortunately, it is not too difficult to understand the basics of wearing the pack, and the most important factors for you to consider are listed below.
The Right Size Pack
If you have a pack that doesn’t fit correctly because it is the wrong size, it is going to be very difficult to make it work properly and be comfortable for you. Therefore, you want to be sure that you are buying a pack that is for your specific body type. To do that, you are going to need to take some measurements of the length of your torso and your hips. These numbers are going to give you a better idea of the size of backpack that is going to go be the most comfortable for you, especially if you are going to be carrying it for long distances. Not taking measurements correctly is the main reason why people buy the wrong bag. To be safe, take your measurements twice to make sure that they are accurate and bring them with you when you select your pack.
It is also important to keep in mind that the torso and hip ranges for bags can vary from one brand to another. Always take a few moments to check the size of the pack that you are thinking about buying to make sure that it is going to work well with the measurements of your body. You will find that packs that are considered to be “extra small” are typically going to work for torsos that are 15 inches. “Small” packs will range from 15-17 inches, “medium” or “regular” packs will be 17-20 inches, and the “large” or “tall” packs are best for torsos that are 20+ inches. Keep in mind that these are just guidelines. You will always want to try on a pack and test it out to be sure that it is truly going to be the right size.
When you finally get the pack on, make sure that you can properly and easily adjust the shoulder straps, sternum straps, load lifters, and the hip belt. Once you’ve bought the pack, keep in mind you will need to adjust these straps before, during, and after each activity, so make sure all materials and features on your pack function before you leave the store.
How Should the Pack Sit on the Back and Shoulders?
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they are hiking with a pack is trying to adjust it so that the weight is resting mostly on the shoulders and the back. But this is incorrect. The best option is having the majority of the weight resting on your hips. The only way to achieve this is with the right size backpack and making the right adjustments to the pack’s hip and shoulder straps when you put it on.
Ideally, you will take time when you get the pack to put it on and learn how all of the straps work before you actually need to use it. Make sure that the pack is comfortable when carrying a variety of weights and loads.
Different Types of Packs to Consider
You will find that there are many different types of packs on the market that can be used for different purposes. You will need to consider how and when you will be using the pack to make sure that you are choosing the right option.
- Daypacks: these packs do not typically have a frame and they tend to be lightweight and simple to wear. Also, they are going to have a smaller capacity when it comes to both volume and the overall weight that you can carry.
- Internal frame packs: these packs have a greater level of capacity and can carry heavier loads. These would be a good option for those who are going to be in the field for several days. Naturally, these packs are going to be heavier.
- An external frame pack: those who are going to be carrying extremely heavy loads will want to choose this option. Even though they are heavier and tend to be bulkier, most will still have a good amount of ventilation to make them comfortable to wear.
One of our other bloggers just posted a great article on choosing between framed and frameless packs.
Finally, when you are choosing your pack, it is essential that you remember the importance of quality when it comes to materials and construction. Look for brands and models that have a good reputation. Ultimately, you need to have something that is going to last and is comfortable when you are out in the field.
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