HOW TO PACK YOUR BACKPACK

“The most important thing to consider when packing your backpack? To leave all the unnecessary items at home!”
Yes, of course, there are essentials you need to bring – see our video to find out how to make your trip enjoyable by getting organized and packing your gear properly.

Enjoy packing – and have a fantastic trip!

LOADING THE PACK

“The most important step when packing your rucksack is to leave the superfluous at home! As a general rule, a fit person should not carry more than 20 - 25% of his/her body weight over a longer period of time. The German military calculates with 33% - but then, we all know that their trips are more than strenuous!”

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.

WRONG!

The pack strongly pulls backwards – this indicates that the pack’s center of gravity sits far from the body’s center of gravity. When you carry a heavy load like this trekking easily turns into torture.The body constantly works against the pack’s weight.The shoulders are heavily burdened. If your pack is not loaded properly it could become even risky in difficult terrain.

IN EASY TERRAIN

In easy terrain (hiking routes, flat trails) the load’s center of gravity should sit higher.

DIFFICULT PASSAGES

in difficult passages (alpine routes, Via Ferrata) a bit lower and thus closer to the body’s center of gravity. This packing system leads to a more forward leaning position, yet it provides more balance compared to a higher center of gravity.

HOW TO FIT AND ADJUST YOUR BACKPACK

Make your tour as comfortable as possible by properly adjusting your pack to your back! The better the backpack fits the lighter the load is to carry.
See our video to find out how you can easily fit your pack and thus have a great time when you hit the trail.

Have a fantastic trip!

1. Loosen all straps - Fill the backpack with a realistic weight. Loosen all straps. Shoulder the pack.

2. Place hip belt over the hip bones - Position the middle of the hip belt over the hip bones and tighten. If the belt sits too high, it might constrict the stomach. If the position is too low, the fins might chafe.

3. Tighten the shoulder straps - Now tighten the shoulder straps, but not too tight. The main weight should be on the hip belt.

4. Ideal position - The anchor points of the shoulder- straps are ideally positioned between the shoulder blades. Thus, the pads comfortably close around the shoulders.

5. Height adjustable sternum strap - Once you have found the perfect back length, fix and close the height adjustable sternum strap. Not too tight, since it could hinder breathing. The strap stabilises the shoulder straps and is a standard feature of almost all Deuter packs.

6. Tighten the hip belt stabiliser straps - Tighten the hip belt stabiliser straps depending on the terrain. Tighten for more load control. Loosen for more freedom of movement. Tension the shoulder stabiliser straps on the shoulder straps of larger capacity packs. Loose for improved ventilation and more weight on the waist belt for easy passages. Tighter they deliver more load control and transfer more weight to the shoulder straps on rugged terrain. On longer trips, make sure you loosen and tighten all straps regularly to vary the load transfer.
To perfectly fulfil their function the stabiliser straps should be horizontally angled between 30° and 45°.
For Deuter trekking backpacks you can adjust the angle by choosing a higher or lower positioned buckle on the pack.
For smaller capacity packs, the straps fulfil a different role. They allow the fine-tuning of the back length. Loosen or tighten stabiliser and shoulder straps to perfectly fit the pack’s back position. Here, the angle can be significantly smaller or even negative.

If the position is too high, the back length is too long.
It sits too close to the neck, the shoulder pads run down to the arm pits – this will lead to chafing on neck and arms. Further, the pack tends to tilt back. Here, length adjustable shoulder straps will not help. Only the right back length can solve this problem. It provides full freedom of movement for your arms and relief for your upper back muscles with its anatomic, S-shaped pads. Choose the right back length (Standard, SL or EL) for small capacity Deuter backpacks. For larger models adapt the length adjustable back system (Vari-Quick and VariFlex System) to the ideal position.

If the position is too low, the back length is too short.
The shoulder pads, therefore, do not sit on the blades and can easily slip off the shoulders.

ADJUSTABLE BACK LENGTH - THE INDIVIDUAL BACK - VARI QUICK SYSTEM

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.

An unprecise adjustment restrains the potential of a good back system. The following steps will help you to perfectly adjust the back length of the Vari-Qick system:

1. 
Find the right back length

2. Loosen and pull out the Velcro® closure

3. Put the harness strap into the right position, then lace the straps through

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.

For smaller capacities keep the pack’s own weight as low as possible. Deuter therefore offers for those models an option of three different sized back lengths: Standard, SL and EL. Our rucksacks are designed to fit the average athletic build.

PACKING LISTS

Our packings lists:

Load capacity: depending on the season between 20 and 28 litres

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Load capacity: depending on the season between 32 and 40 litres

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Load capacity: depending on the tour between 20 and 32 litres

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Load capacity: between 24 and 35 litres

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