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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 Backpacks™ 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 the shoulders.

Shifting Backpack Weight

How do you shift the weight to your lower lumbar area?

  1. 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

  2. Tighten the Hip Belt, which will situate the weight into 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.

  3. Tighten the Lower Stabiliser Straps, pulling the weight close into the lower back.

  4. 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.

  5. 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, which 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.

  6. If you feel the backpack is now too low on your back, repeat this process from step 1. However, as stated in step 1. adjust the backpack higher than in your first attempt before proceeding to step 2.

How do you shift the weight to your shoulders?

  1. Tighten the Shoulder Straps for a greater transfer of weight to your shoulders.

  2. Loosen your Hip Belt, reposition for comfort and retighten. You may need to first loosen the Lower Load Stabiliser Straps and then re-tension after positioning your Hip Belt.

  3. Once again Loosen the Harness Shoulder Straps until you feel the desired load shift from the shoulders comfortably downward onto your lower back.

White Mountain Backpacks™, travel backpacks, hybrid backpacks, hike packs, daypacks, designers, wholesale direct, backpack fitting specialists, anatomically correct quality backpacks at the lowest prices. Backpack fitting experts specialising in FREE CUSTOM FITTING of internal frame travel packs, hike packs, and framed daypacks, including any brand purchased from other suppliers. To correctly customise and contour the Internal Staves of online orders, all we need is the correct Torso Length of your back. We offer premium quality, anatomically correct, high functioning backpacks at extraordinarily low prices when compared to any high quality competitor product, we guarantee exceptional performance, fit, comfort, and quality.