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How to Size a Backpack - Quick Reference


Having the correct fit goes a long way in making your trip more comfortable and ultimately more enjoyable.


Some backpacks are available in multiple sizes, from extra small to large, which fit a range of torso lengths. These ranges vary by manufacturer and by gender. Check the product specifications tab for your sizing details of the brand you intend on buying.





The pack's weight should be distributed to your waist (1) and NOT on your shoulders.





CAPACITY GUIDE:

The size pack you'll need is tied to the length of your trip and how much weight and bulk you want to carry.

Weekend: (1-3 Nights: 30- 50Lt)

Multiday: (3-5 Nights: 50-80Lt)

Extended: (5+ Nights: 70+ Lt)


BACKPACK SIZE GUIDE

Make sure you have all these measurements handy when you are ready to purchase.


Measure from the base of your neck all the way down to the small of your back (in-line with your hipbones) to get your torso length. (as shown below)


TORSO LENGTH:



CHEST

Measure around the fullest part, across chest points, keeping the tape horizontal.


WAIST

Measure around the narrowest part (typically the small of your back and where your body bends side to side), keeping the tape horizontal.


HIP

Measure around the fullest part of your hips keeping the tape horizontal.


LENGTH

Stand against a wall and measure from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet with the back kept straight.


SIZING BY BRAND

Osprey

First Ascent

Cape Storm


Sources: https://www.osprey.com/lb/en/fitting-learning/size-fit, https://protips.dickssportinggoods.com/sports-and-activities/camping-and-hiking/hiking-basics-fitting-your-new-backpack


Written by: Shane Anderson

Townsend Adventure Lifestyles

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