Ensuring proper fit is the most important step when you select a pack. It's hard to take in breathtaking vistas if your pack leaves you hunched over or racked in pain.
Pack size and suspension systems are the key considerations in fitting a pack.
Finding the right pack size for you depends on your back length, not your overall height. A short pack can fit taller people with shorter backs, and vice versa.
To find your back length, have a friend measure your spine:
Wearing a loaded pack should feel as though your body has become somewhat heavier, not as though you’re shouldering a sumo wrestler. If the suspension system is doing what it’s supposed to, most of the pack’s weight will be comfortably transferred to your hips.
If possible, try the pack on in person. First, loosen the straps on the pack’s harness, then try it out:
Finally, walk around and play with the adjustments to fine-tune the fit. A pack that fits correctly should feel like an extension of your own body. Remember that if the pack doesn't feel right now, it certainly won't feel right after hours on the trail.
Note: If you buy your pack by mail or online, you’ll have to test the fit at home. If the pack you ordered doesn’t fit or feel quite right, return it, and we’ll help you find something that better suits your needs.