The backpack must be adjusted so that the load is evenly distributed over the body and the back is protected. But how are you? Our instructions explain the setting clearly in 8 steps.
First of All : the backpack must suit you!
- Set the backpack correctly in 8 steps
- A tip for last
Painful back, tight shoulder, stiff neck – and that already after a few hours? If so, then your backpack will either have the wrong attitude or you have bought it too small or too big.
It is important that you have a backpack in the appropriate size. Larger trekking rucksacks usually have a height adjustment of the shoulder straps.
Especially women should pay attention when buying such backpacks, whether they need a ladies version. For example, Deuter offers models that have slightly shorter carrying systems and are specially adapted to the female anatomy.
This can be seen in Deuter at the ending “SL” behind the volume. Manufacturers like Gregory offer their rucksacks in different back lengths.
When buying such a best hunting backpack and adjusting the length of your back, you first have to measure your back (see step 1 ). Here is our guide:
Set the Backpack Correctly in 8 Steps
- Determine spine length
- Loosen the straps
- Place hip belt
- Put shoulder straps on
- Adjust the height of the shoulder straps
- Tighten position adjustment strap
- Close chest strap
- Adjusting the support rods
Determine Back Length
To determine the back length, you need a tape measure in any case. It’s best to do it as a couple.
You stand straight and lean your head slightly forward. This makes it easy to feel the 7th cervical vertebra.
Your assistant will now attach the measuring tape to the vertebra and measure along the spine down to the imaginary connecting line connecting the two upper ends of the hip bones. You can see the location of the bones with your fingers.
With the determined back length in centimeters, you can now look at the different manufacturers for the right size in the respective size charts. In addition, you can also – if your backpack has an adjustable back length – adjust this accordingly.
Loosen the Straps
Have you found the right backpack, it can already go on tour. A basic requirement is, of course, that you have evenly loaded the backpack while packing and so the back is then evenly loaded. Before you start, you have to set the good piece still right. Is everything right,
first loosens all the straps of the carrying system, ie
- the shoulder straps,
- the upper and lower position adjustment straps,
- the waist belt as well
- The chest strap.
Place the Hip Belt
The most important thing is the correct position of the waist belt since this later has to carry about 70 to 80 percent of the weight.
- For this shoulder the backpack and bend slightly forward.
- Now take the two hip fins in the hands and position them exactly in the middle of the hip bones.
Close the buckles and pull the belt tight without tucking your stomach too much. You can also hop a bit to position the loaded backpack.
Wear Shoulder Straps
Next, pull on the shoulder straps until they carry about 20 to 30 percent of the load of the backpack. Now should
- the shoulder pads are exactly round and resting on top of the shoulder
- The shoulder wearer should now also be in the middle of the shoulder blades.
Here it is also helpful if a second person controls the whole thing. If the shoulder straps buckle on the shoulder or/and the straps approach too far or too low on the shoulder blades, adjust the height of the straps. If your backpack has no height adjustment, you have chosen the wrong backpack size at this point.
Adjust the Height of the Shoulder Straps
To adjust the height of the shoulder straps, the manufacturers have developed different systems.
At Deuter, for example, there are various loops on the back, through which you can thread the shoulder strap carrying system to adjust the height.
If you have adjusted the beam height, you must repeat step 2 to step 4 until you find the correct position as described in step 4.
Tighten the Position Adjustment Strap
Have you found the perfect fit for your backpack, you can use the Lageverstellriemen – as the name suggests – adjust the position of the backpack.
By putting on the upper adjustment straps, the backpack tilts slightly towards you and is pulled up slightly, which slightly raises the shoulder straps.
By putting on the lower straps, you bring the backpack closer to your body.
When all adjustment straps are tight, the backpack is maximally close to the body. So you have the maximum control in the difficult terrain, as it participates in every movement and does not rock.
In light terrain, you can loosen the Lageverstellriemen something. This gives you a little more freedom of movement and improves back ventilation, as the backpack is slightly further away from the body.
Close Chest Strap
Finally, you close the chest strap. This serves only to prevent the shoulder straps from slipping sideways.
So the chest strap has to be tightened slightly and you choose the height the way you feel most comfortable.
Often, chest straps have also incorporated an elastic element that provides more freedom of movement.
Personally, I prefer it when the belt sits in the middle of the chest.
Adjusting the Support Rods
What many do not know is that most trekking rucksacks have a removable carrying frame. In the case of Deuter, there are two cross-running aluminum poles that are already anatomically preformed but can still be adapted specifically to your back. That’s the best way to make her a couple again.
First, take the rod out of the backpack and stand upright.
Your assistant then takes the rack and holds it to your back, just as it would be in the backpack.
So you can see where it fits snugly or where it may need to be bent a bit to match the contour of your back.
If you have done all the steps carefully, the backpack should now be perfectly adjusted to you, and you can comfortably start to new outdoor tours.
A tip for Last
Use the many adjustment possibilities of the belts during a tour. In between relieve your shoulders completely by loosening the shoulder straps. Play with the position adjustment belts depending on the terrain. Or relieve your hip between times by tightening the shoulder straps and loosening the hip belt. This fatigues your muscles more slowly, as they are not constantly burdened by the weight of one-sided and you are relaxed on the daily target.
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