June 23, 2020

Your backpack is often your main piece of kit when hiking/trekking and travelling so its important that it fits you properly, enabling you to move freely and comfortably carry what you need for your adventure.

Before setting off, follow the steps below and learn how to properly fit your backpack. 

  1. Adjust your Back Length
    You’ve measured your back length and selected the right size pack for you and your trip. If your pack has an adjustable back length, now is the time to customise this to your requirements

    Adjusting pack back length

  2. Start with a Blank Canvas.
    Loosen all straps then shoulder your pack. This will allow you to adjust the backpack straps on step at a time, helping you to achieve a properly fitted pack.

    Blank Canvas

  3. Tighten the Hip Belt
    Line up the centre of the hip belt with your hip bone and tighten the straps equally. The lumbar pad should fit snugly in the centre of your lower backThis will help evenly distribute the weight of the pack across your shoulders, back and hips.

    Hip belt

  4. Adjust the Shoulder Straps
    Pull down and backwards to adjust. Take care not to over tighten as this could move the weight from your hips onto your shoulders – most of the weight should remain on your hips. 

    Adjust the shoulder straps

  5. Fit the Chest Strap
    On some Lowe Alpine packs, the height of the chest strap can be adjusted. Change the height if required and tighten to your comfort to stabilise the shoulder straps.  

    Fit the chest strap

  6. Tighten the Top Tensioners
    This helps to stabilise the load of the pack for a more comfortable carry. Expert tip: Pull them tighter when climbing uphill and loosen them off for a descent for the best carry.

    Tighten top tensioners

Now you are ready to load up your pack and set off on your adventure! 

Source: https://lowealpine.com/uk/expert-advice/how-to-fit-your-pack/