How to Adjust the Backpack Before Hiking

How to Adjust the Backpack Before Hiking

The outdoor backpack is an indispensable and faithful companion for our hiking and other outdoor sports. It carries all the essentials for your journey, so how you adjust it is especially important for an outdoor explorer. Most backpacks are designed with flexibility in mind, allowing them to be adjusted to individual body shapes and sizes.

Here are some suggestions for adjusting your backpack.

1. For new or less familiar backpacks, you should loosen all the adjustment straps before adding weight, put the back of the pack to the longest adjustment strap, and later adjust it by simply tying it tightly. This is because without weight there is no way to know how the backpack will feel on your back and whether the back adjustment range is appropriate. Usually adding about 10kg is enough. Understand its purpose and the position of the lap.

2. Put on the backpack, fasten the lower shoulder straps, simply estimate the length of your back, then adjust the shoulder straps so that the inner bend of the straps is parallel to your armpits, and the distance between the straps and the backpack should be at least 5cm. Meanwhile, adjust the backpack straps so that the backpack bag is in the highest position, i.e. above your shoulders.

3. Tighten the waist belt, raise the thighs to a 90 degree angle with the body, the bottom of the belt should be level with the thighs, so as to ensure that when climbing high, the belt will not obstruct the leg movements. At the same time, the weight of the backpack is dispersed from the shoulders to the legs via the pelvis during normal travel, reducing the burden on the body and saving energy.

4. Fasten the shoulder straps to raise the center of gravity of the backpack. Tighten the shoulder straps, transfer the waist belt to reduce the burden on the waist, and finally adjust the length of the shoulder straps to the length you feel most comfortable with. The straps should hold the backpack just below the top of your shoulders. From there, they should become a tight fit with your shoulders to the jacket. The bottom of the straps should be at least a hand's width under your armpit so it doesn't shrink up. If these straps don't match the contours of your neck and shoulders, they will pinch you and leave you with bruises.

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