What is the recommended maximum weight you should carry?
We recommend the maximum weight a fit individual can comfortably
carry, is less than 1/3 or 33% of their own body weight. For everyone
else, we recommend less than 1/4 or 25% of their own body weight
in total backpack weight.
How do you load the backpack?
Begin by stuffing the lower compartment of the backpack. If you
have a sleeping bag stuff this into the lower compartment first,
then fill all other space in the lower compartment with any bulky
items that are without weight, making sure you fill all the bottom
corners. It is essential to create a solid foundation for the rest
of the load in the upper compartment.
Load the remainder of your gear with heavy items such as your
stove and cooking gear near your back, and as high as possible in
the upper compartment. Pack the lighter gear lower and away from
the back. On travel packs, the daypack should only contain lightweight
essential items and definitely nothing heavy. If your load is less
than full, use your compression straps to compress and hold the
load tight and prevent backpack sway. Avoid backpack sway or backpack
float, as any excess of movement created would quickly cause fatigue.
How do you position the load distribution?
White Mountain™ provide total control to shift the weight entirely
to your lower lumbar area, entirely to your shoulders, or you can
choose to distribute the weight between the lower lumbar area and
Shifting Backpack Weight
How do you shift the weight to your lower lumbar area?
- Using the Harness Shoulder Straps position the backpack
correctly with the internal stave following the contour of your
back. In particular ensure the backpack is high enough on your
back, but still located on the lumbar region of your back. If
the backpack is heavy in weight, you may need to hoist the backpack
higher to allow for a greater downward shift when loosening
the Harness Shoulder Straps. We do not want the backpack to
pull you over backwards, and we do not want you to carry excessive
weight on the shoulders. The weight should nestle comfortably
on to the lower lumbar region, and on your chest
- Tighten the Hip Belt to secure the weight comfortably on
the lower back and wrap around the Iliac Crest. The Hip Belt
should not be tearing into the soft tissue area above the Iliac
Crest and below your lower rib.
- Tighten the Lower Stabiliser Straps, pulling the weight
close into the lower back.
- Loosen the Harness Shoulder Straps until you feel the load
shift comfortably downward onto your back. We should be looking
to transfer 80% of the total weight securely to the lower back.
- Make sure the Upper Stabiliser Straps are snug, just give
these a sharp tug so that the backpack is securely placed against
the upper back. This will prevent unnecessary backpack sway,
or backpack float. These Upper Stabiliser Straps should have
been pulled snug before putting the backpack on for the first
time, and should not require much adjustment. Over tightening
the Upper Stabiliser Straps will cause the shoulder straps to
lift from the shoulders and put unnecessary excessive pressure
on the chest.
- If you feel the backpack is now too low on your back, not
resting snugly in the lumbar region of the back, and pulling
you backward from the shoulders, repeat this process from Step
How do you shift the weight to your shoulders?
- Tighten the Harness Shoulder Straps for a greater transfer
of weight to your shoulders.
- Loosen the Lower Load Stabiliser Straps.
- Loosen your Hip Belt, reposition for comfort and retighten.
- Tighten the Lower Load Stabiliser Straps after repositioning
your Hip Belt.
- Loosen the Harness Shoulder Straps slightly to achieve the
required weight on the shoulders.