15 Tips from the AT

 Wear your pack correctly

By simply tightening your pack in the correct sequence, you can drastically change how your back pack carries. Follow this order for no more painful shoulders or chafed hips.

1. Loosen straps Start by loosening all the straps. To get a good fit, do this every time you put your pack on.

1. Loosen straps

Start by loosening all the straps. To get a good fit, do this every time you put your pack on.

2. Position hip belt Position the centre line of the hip belt to sit on the top third of your hip bone. This positioning is vey important as the hip belt is the main weight carrier.

2. Position hip belt

Position the centre line of the hip belt to sit on the top third of your hip bone. This positioning is vey important as the hip belt is the main weight carrier.

3. Tighten hip belt Clip and tighten the hip belt. It should be tight enough to not shift around and chafe, but not so tight that it cuts of blood circulation.

3. Tighten hip belt

Clip and tighten the hip belt. It should be tight enough to not shift around and chafe, but not so tight that it cuts of blood circulation.

4. Shoulder straps Tighten the shoulder straps by pulling the ends downwards, away from your shoulders.

4. Shoulder straps

Tighten the shoulder straps by pulling the ends downwards, away from your shoulders.

5. Sternum strap Clip in the sternum strap, position it under your collar bones and tighten. This will keep the shoulder straps from sliding outward, towards your shoulders, and allow for some arm movement.  

5. Sternum strap

Clip in the sternum strap, position it under your collar bones and tighten. This will keep the shoulder straps from sliding outward, towards your shoulders, and allow for some arm movement.

 

6. Load lifters Tighten the stabilising shoulder straps or load lifters. You should feel the pack push up tight against your back and some of the weight ease off your shoulders. They’re ideally set at 45 degrees.

6. Load lifters

Tighten the stabilising shoulder straps or load lifters. You should feel the pack push up tight against your back and some of the weight ease off your shoulders. They’re ideally set at 45 degrees.