The pack’s center of gravity should sit close to the body and ideally at shoulder height.
This way it is positioned over the body’s center of gravity and the pack won’t pull backwards. How to properly load your bigger capacity rucksacks (from about 30 l): - Put the sleeping bag, down equipment and other light objects in the bottom compartment. Place midweight gear such as clothing on the top towards the outside. Heavy equipment – tent, food, big jackets – above shoulder height, close to the back.
- Put small, often-used items in the lid pocket where they can be easily grabbed. To avoid swinging, big wind surface or wetness, minimise the number of items you strap to the outside of the pack and keep them as compact and small as possible.
- In general keep an even weight distribution, in particular for side pockets, in mind. Use stuff sacks to get organised. Waterproof sacks are also a safe alternative to a raincover.
You cannot choose a backpack exclusively on its capacity. The more volume a backpack has, the more important is a carrying system that can be individually adjusted and guarantees freedom of movement plus fan-tastic wearing comfort. Take a look at the customer’s build and you’ll find the ideal fit for him/her.
For heavy loads (from about 10 kg) and longer walking distances in particular, the ideal adjustment to the user’s back length is crucial. This means, it makes absolute sense to equip packs from a volume of 35 l with a Vari-Quick-system. Yet, keep in mind that every system with back length adjustment means additional weight.