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Steps to properly fitting a backpack

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Video: How to find your torso length and fitting a backpack properly

 

Quality Backpacks come with a range of straps that help to adjust the complete pack load for maximum comfort.  The goal is to properly adjust those straps so that 80% to 90% of the packs load weight rests on your hips. An improperly fitted backpack can cause neck, shoulder, back pain and possibly ruin your backpacking experience.

Great Pack Fit Steps
To begin loosen all of the backpack’s straps and hip-belt. To properly adjust the pack you should put a minimum of 15 lbs weight into the pack to simulate a loaded pack, more weight should be used on larger packs that you know you will be hauling larger loads. If you are making the adjustments by yourself standing in front of a mirror helps to see how the pack is fitting.

Step 1: Hip-belt

  • It’s important to remember that the hips are where the majority of the weight will be supported to a properly fitted hip-belt is critical. Different packs use different styles and materials. Be sure to find one you really like.
  • Put the pack on your back so that the hip-belt is resting over the top of your hip bones.
  • Close the hip-belt buckle and tighten it slowly, not to firmly.
  • Check the padded sections around the hip-belt to make sure they wrap around your hips comfortably. Try to keep at least 1″ of clearance on both sides of the center buckle.
  • If the hip-belt is too loose or tight, try repositioning the hip-belt buckle. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you may need a different pack (or hip-belt).

Step 2: Shoulder Straps

  • Pull down and slightly back on the ends of the shoulder straps to tighten them.
  • Shoulder straps should fit closely to hold the pack against your body this helps keep the pack load forward. IMPORTANT: The shoulder straps should NOT be carrying the weight of the pack.
  • Check to see that the shoulder strap anchor points are 1″ to 2″ inches below the top of your shoulders.

Step 3: Load Lifters

  • The packs load-lifter straps are located just below the tops of your shoulders and should angle back toward the pack body at a 45 degree angle.
  • Gently tighten the load-lifter straps to pull weight off your shoulders.
    (Over-tightening the load lifters can cause a gap between shoulders and the shoulder straps. Loosen strap slowly to eliminate any gap)

Step 4: Sternum Strap

  • Adjust the sternum strap as needed to a comfortable height across your chest below your neck.
  • Connect the sternum strap and tighten until the shoulder straps are drawn inwards as much as possible where comfortable from your shoulders, allowing your arms to move freely.
  • Pull on the stabilizer straps located on each side of the hip-belt to adjust and snug the pack towards the hip-belt and stabilize the load.

Final Adjustment

  • Take a moment to relax with the pack on and feel the load of the pack and where it is resting. If adjusted properly you should feel the majority of the weight on your hips with the shoulder straps, sternum straps and load-lifters as stabilizers that guide the pack close to your body but don’t carry a significant amount of the packs weight.
  • Go back to the shoulder straps and carefully take a bit of tension off of them. This ensures the majority of the weight is carried by your hips.

Check-out the range of Teton Sports Packs available below

Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack (Hunter Green)

Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack (Hunter Green)

  • Compact internal frame backpack with a capacity of 3,400 cubic inches or 55 liters
  • Dual aluminum stays with contoured shoulder, lumbar, and waist pads
  • Height-adjustable shoulder straps accommodate wide range of torso lengths
  • Top-loading main compartment, sleeping bag compartment, and pair of side zippered pockets
  • Attached rain fly; compatible with most hydration systems; weighs 4.5 pounds empty

Previously sold as the Wilderness55, the Scout 3400 is perfectly sized for youth and the light backpacker. Complete with adjustable height shoulder straps, a rainfly compartment and rainfly, the Scout 3400 also features a padded water bladder pocket. Two side zippered pockets, side and front mesh pockets, and a top zippered pocket provide plenty of room for smaller accessories. A top-loading main compartment and a sleeping bag compartment complete the pack. Includes attached rain fly and is hydr
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TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack (Grey)

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack (Grey)

  • 4,000 cubic inches / 65 Liters; 5.0 lbs.
  • Dual aluminum stays adjust to the contour of your back
  • Padded shoulder straps, padded waist belts and padded lumbar area for maximum comfort – with airflow system to reduce heat
  • Full length adjustable torso and adjustable shoulder straps for a more comfortable fit
  • Separate sleeping bag compartment

The Explorer 4000 is packed with features normally found only on more expensive backpacks. A full length adjustable torso allows this pack to be adjusted for those 5’1″ all the way up to 6’4″. The padded back and airflow system provides padding in the perfect spots while allowing substantial airflow to prevent your back from getting too hot. Its contoured shoulder, lumbar, and hip pads help ensure a comfortable trip. The Explorer4000 also features a padded water bladder pocket for your favorite
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TETON Sports Canyon2100 Canyoneering Internal Frame Backpack (25.5″x 13″x 11.5″, Orange)

TETON Sports Canyon2100 Canyoneering Internal Frame Backpack (25.5

  • Rugged high-denier honeycomb ripstop with reinforced corners and seams. Built in rainfly included with each pack.
  • Internal 10-liter sleeping bag compartment
  • Includes high-visibility 20-liter yellow dry bag with integrated carry handle
  • Front and side compression straps secure tent poles or skis and keep pack tight when jumping or running
  • Four drip holes drain water fast when you submerge your pack

Load this pack up with a change of clothes and shoes, food, sleeping bag, tent, poles, ice axe, mini cook stove, and more, yet pack still rides tight and comfortable so you can run and jump without fear of losing anything. PVC/PET dry bag fits inside or hangs from loop to protect keys and valuables in wet or muddy conditions. This low-profile pack has a comfort harness, padded shoulders and back, four adjustment points and is hydration-ready fitting up to a 2.5-liter bladder (not included).
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$ 59.95

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TETON Sports Summit2800 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (33″x 17″x 12″, Silver)

TETON Sports Summit2800 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (33

  • Low profile, body-hugging fit reduces bounce
  • Access lower sleeping bag compartment from front zipper or main compartment or unzip between compartments for larger cargo
  • Long front map pocket with storm-proof zipper and water resistant liner. Built in rainfly included with each pack.
  • Two sewn-in lower gear loops and two upper removable Velcro gear
  • Padded comfort bolsters direct air to the center of your back

This hydration-ready pack fits 2.5-liter bladder (not included) and has left and right ports and clips for drinking tube. With lower sleeping bag compartment, six pockets, two pouches, slide storage, and gear loops, the Summit2800 stores everything you need for a weekend trip. Front map pocket has storm-proof zipper and water-resistant liner. Compression straps cover side pouches to keep water bottles or longer items in place. Adjustable comfort harness fits children or adults. Lifetime guarante
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TETON Sports Fox5200 Internal Frame Backpack (Blue)

TETON Sports Fox5200 Internal Frame Backpack (Blue)

  • Rugged internal frame backpack with a capacity of 5,187 cubic inches or 85 liters
  • Dual aluminum stays with contoured shoulder, lumbar, and hip pads
  • Height-adjustable shoulder straps accommodate a wide range of torso lengths
  • Top-loading main compartment, sleeping bag compartment, and two hideaway side pockets
  • Attached rainfly; compatible with most hydration systems; weighs 5.5 pounds empty

The Fox 75+10 is packed with features normally found only on more expensive backpacks. Equipped with a top-loading main compartment and a generous sleeping bag compartment, the Fox features two hide-away side pockets and an expandable front section. The shoulder strap height is adjustable, allowing this pack to accommodate a wider range of torso lengths. Its contoured shoulder, lumbar, and hip pads help ensure a comfortable trip. Includes attached rain fly and is hydration system ready.The Teton
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$ 89.99

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TETON Sports Hiker3700 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (30.5″x 12.5″x 12.5″, Red)

TETON Sports Hiker3700 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (30.5

  • Contoured harness design with more precise chest adjustment means pack rides more smoothly when you move
  • 10-liter sleeping bag compartment lets you get at bag without unpacking
  • Top and bottom access to main compartment for convenience. Built in rainfly included with each pack.
  • Unzip false floor to connect sleeping bag and main compartments for larger cargo space
  • Padded double wishbone waist wings with independent top and bottom hip adjustments offer a more customizable fit

A rugged all-purpose pack large enough for three- or four-day outdoor adventures. Includes custom-fit features such as split waist wings for independent top and bottom adjustments at hips and waist, contoured harness with redesigned chest straps, sliding torso lengthener, and forward-tightening load straps. This hydration-ready pack fits a 2.5-liter bladder (not included) and comes with added lumbar support and lightweight aluminum stays to support heavy loads. With plenty of pockets, gear loops
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TETON Sports Escape4300 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (33″x 17″x 12″, Light Green)

TETON Sports Escape4300 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (33

  • Contoured harness design with more precise chest adjustment means pack rides more smoothly when you move
  • 10-liter internal sleeping bag compartment and external sleeping bag straps give you more choices for stowing gear
  • Top and bottom access to main compartment for convenience. Built in rainfly included with each pack.
  • Unzip false floor to connect sleeping bag and main compartments for larger cargo space
  • Padded double wishbone waist wings with independent top and bottom hip adjustments offer a more customizable fit

The Escape4300 is a large pack designed for week-long trips or times when you have lots of gear. Aluminum stays and high-density foam back panel keep support right where you need it. Includes padded waist and shoulder straps, multiple load adjustments, and torso lengthener that can be fit to your body without removing pack. This hydration-ready pack fits a 2.5-liter bladder (not included), has a 4,300 cubic inch capacity with seven pockets, two pouches, four compression straps, daisy chain gear
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TETON Sports Outfitter4600 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (35.5″x 14.4″x 14″ Navy Blue)

TETON Sports Outfitter4600 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack (35.5

  • Eyelets and bungee cord system secure a jacket, hat, or gloves on top of hood or when wearing hood as detached waist pack
  • 15-liter sleeping bag compartment with front access
  • Lightweight, removable aluminum stays conform to shape and provide frame support
  • Access main cargo from top, bottom, or middle of pack. Built in rainfly included with each pack.
  • Padded double wishbone waist wings with independent top and bottom hip adjustments offer a more customizable fit

The Outfitter4600 is our largest ultralight backpack and is designed for those times when you have to take a lot with you and you don’t want to destroy your back doing it. With eight pockets, two pouches, four compression straps, gear loops, eyelets, mesh storage, bungee storage, and expandable hood storage, this backpack fits everything. This hydration-ready pack fits a 2.5-liter bladder (not included, has reinforced straps, thick padding, aluminum stays, and high-load buckles that help you a
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TETON Sports Oasis1100 Hydration Backpack with Bladder (18.5″x 10″x 7″, Green)

TETON Sports Oasis1100 Hydration Backpack with Bladder (18.5

  • Large 1,100 cubic inch capacity for full-day or overnight trips. Built in rainfly included with each pack.
  • Thick mesh pads allow air flow to back
  • High density foam stabilizer with ventilation holes and mesh covering add comfort and breathability to shoulder straps
  • Side mesh pouches hold energy bars, sunscreen, or backup water bottles handy
  • Full-length main pocket with weather guard and hidden zipper

Three zipper pockets, stash space, and two mesh pouches make this 1,100 cubic inch hydration pack roomy enough for day or overnight trips. Low-profile athletic cut with full adjustment fits both men and women comfortably. Sturdy and lightweight. Wide mesh straps with ventilated foam and chest shock absorber. FDA-compliant food grade bladder with triple-heat sealed edges, 2” opening for easy fill and cleaning, kink-free sip tube, cushioned bite valve, and twist-lock to prevent leaks.
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TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack w/ Bladder (16.5″x 10.5″x .7″, Black)

TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack w/ Bladder (16.5

  • 9″ deep mesh pocket securely carries wallet, phone, snacks
  • Wide straps with seam-taped edges won’t pinch or bunch up
  • Keep yourself and your water cooler with this insulated back panel
  • Quick-access main pocket for bladder with easy Velcro closure to keep out dirt
  • Stay-put thumb adjustment loops for shoulder straps maintain your settings through the most intense adventures

Minimalist pack comes with 70-ounce/2 liter bladder, deep pocket for snacks and wallet, exterior bungee with barrel lock. Low-profile athletic cut rides above jersey pockets, below bike helmets. Adjustable waist/shoulder fits men and women. Wide mesh straps and chest shock absorber reduce bounce. Cushioned, ventilated back panel. FDA-compliant food grade bladder constructed with triple-heat sealed edges, 2” opening for easy fill and cleaning, heavy duty kink-free sip tube, cushioned bite valve
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$ 24.99

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