Fitting a Backpack
From Great Outdoor Store
It’s backpacking season and we have been busy fitting people for packs for their summer hikes and treks. Many people don’t realize that backpacking packs are sized to the wearer’s torso. Around 80% of the weight of a pack should rest on the hips versus the shoulders, and sizing a pack properly helps ensure the most comfortable experience.
Sometimes this causes confusion because when talking about pack size, folks may be referring to the volume or the torso size.. The volume, represented by liters, is determined by what you are going to be carrying. The torso length is determined through our sizing process. We have a handy tool at GOS that allows us to measure your torso and fit you properly for a pack. There is nothing worse than being on the trail with an ill-fitting pack. Recently, we had a customer stop by who was 1000 miles into hiking the PCT. She was taking a short break to visit family in Sioux Falls and decided to stop in to get fit for a pack because she was miserable. She was carrying all her weight on her shoulders and the pack was starting to fall apart. After talking to her for a bit, we realized that not only was she wearing a pack that was too big for her, she was also carrying a pack that wasn’t meant to carry a heavy load. The good news is that her original pack was purchased from Osprey, who stands behind their products 100%. She was going to be able to swap her pack for one that fit her properly.
Your pack, like most of your other gear, is a critical piece of equipment that you don’t want to fail you when you’re out on the trail. We love to talk gear around here, and we’re just as excited to ensure your pack fits properly as we are for the trip you’ll take it on. At Great Outdoor Store we look forward to helping you get the correct gear for your European vacation, backcountry camping trip, or day hike. Stop down and see us!