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Adjust your Backpack

Adjust your Backback like a Pro

When carrying 15-30 kg of weight over long distances, the fit of your backpack is crucial. A well-adjusted backpack with balanced weight distribution and easy access to water and snacks can make your trek more comfortable and less tiring.

The goal is to that your backpack should feel like an extension of your body. The weight should be distributed with 60-70% on your hips and 30-40% on your shoulders, with the shoulder straps fitting snugly. The backpack should sit close to your back, with the center of gravity aligned with your own.

Steps to Adjust Your Trekking Backpack

  • Measure you back length: Set the backpack's back length to match your own for maximum comfort. Adjust and lock it in position.
  • Release All Straps: Start with all straps loosened to have a neutral base for adjustments.
  • Put on the Backpack: Lift the backpack using your legs, place it on your knee, and then swing it onto your back.
  • Adjust the Hip Belt: Fasten the hip belt, ensuring it aligns with the top of your hip bones. The majority of the weight should be on your hips.
  • Tighten the Shoulder Straps: Secure the shoulder straps, allowing 60-70% of the weight to rest on your hips and 30-40% on your shoulders. There should be no gap between the straps and your shoulders.
  • Adjust the Chest Strap: Fasten and tighten the chest strap comfortably. Adjust its height as needed to shift shoulder strap pressure.
  • Set the Top Pullers. Tighten the top pullers slightly at a 10°-30° angle to help distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips.
  • Tighten the Side Pullers: Adjust the side pullers for additional stability, particularly useful during movement.

Tips from the pro

We asked our backpack developer, Håkan Nyström, about common mistakes people make when adjusting their backpacks. Here are his insights:

1. Falling Backwards

  • Issue: A very heavy backpack may make you feel like you are falling backwards.
  • Solution: Pack heavy items close to your back and lighter items further away. Ensure the weight is distributed symmetrically to avoid imbalance.

2. Gap Between Shoulder and Strap

  • Issue: There is a gap between your shoulder and the shoulder strap.
  • Solution: If the hip belt is correctly positioned and you still have a gap, shorten the back length setting slightly.

3. Too Much Weight on Shoulders

  • Issue: You feel too much weight on your shoulders.
  • Solution: Loosen the shoulder straps a bit. If the hip belt is correctly positioned and tightened, but you can't loosen the shoulder straps enough without creating a gap, lengthen the back length setting slightly.

4. Backpack Leaning to One Side

  • Issue: The backpack is leaning to one side.
  • Solution: Ensure you pack the backpack symmetrically, distributing the weight evenly on both sides.

By addressing these common mistakes, you can ensure your backpack is adjusted for optimal comfort and balance, allowing you to carry it for long distances with ease.