February 5, 2010, Newsletter Issue #90: Backpack Comfort

Tip of the Week

Backpacks these days are getting very high tech, with new materials and water bladders etc. That´s all good but what happens when your $440 pack is full of gear, you´re hiking down the trail and it just doesn´t feel comfortable? We hear all about contour hugging design and all that but somehow it´s killing your back.
My suggestion is to loosen the upper straps allowing 4-5 inches of space between the top of the pack and your back. Now your back can conform to its own shape rather than being forced to fit the pack. I met this kid in Nepal who was hiking in pain and fixed his problem in 1 minute.

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