Are you sure you have correctly adjusted your hiking backpack? Do you know how all the adjustment straps are used? Discover how to correctly adjust your backpack to ensure maximum comfort during outings!
1: PLACE THE LOADED BACKPACK ON THE BACK WITH ALL STRAPS LOOSENED
By doing this, you will be able to find where it sits comfortably for you without being unsettled by pre-adjustments made. Ensure the load in the backpack is evenly distributed beforehand. Discover how to do this with our video here.
2: FASTEN THE BAG STRAP
Place it at hip height, on top of the buttocks and tighten it until it offers good support
Where the strap is correctly fastened and in the right position, you should feel considerably less weight on your shoulders. This technique allows you to spare energy when carrying a heavy bag.
3: TIGHTEN THE BACKPACK STRAPS
This stage is important as often people adjust their backpacks as high as possible and this is incorrect as all the bag weight is placed on the shoulders and not distributed between the shoulders and hips.
4: ADJUST THE BACKPACK TO THE CORRECT HEIGHT
Some backpacks have an adjustable back. If your backpack permits, adjust the height to your back.
5: TIGHTEN THE CHEST STRAP
Make sure you do not tighten it too much so it affects your breathing. This strap primarily stabilises the bag when walking.
Dependent on the backpack model, the strap height can be adjusted to release the chest and ensure maximum comfort.
6: TIGHTEN THE SMALL BUCKLES ABOVE THE SHOULDER STRAPS (NAMED "SUPPORT BOOSTER")
The support boosters enable the wearer to keep the bag as close to the shoulders as possible and heighten user comfort. Better support is provided to the overall backpack.
Do not forget, never carry more than 25% of your weight! Even the best bags which are perfectly adjusted can cause back injuries if they are too heavy. Children should only carry 10% to 15% of their weight. Discover how to adjust children's backpacks on our video.
If you are setting off for a few hours with a small bag, opt for a model with stomach strap.
The stages remain the same. If your bag does not have a stomach strap, adjust the straps so that the bottom of the bag sits at hip level, not too low under the buttocks and not too high on the back.
It is also vital to correctly distribute the weight with small bags. Strap adjustment may vary according to preference.
The trick is to find the pivotal point without placing the bag too high. The objective is to distribute the weight between your shoulders and hips and not place it all on the upper body.
Now that you have adjusted your backpack, you are ready to set off hiking!
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