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Wearing the backpack correctly

Your safety first

Wearing the backpack correctly during a trek is both a matter of safety (it could get out of balance endangering our balance and causing us to fall) and health (in the long run, an ill-balanced backpack weighs too much on our backs, causing us to work harder than we should and causing inevitable pain).
  • With all straps training load the backpack onto the shoulder and first adjust the waist belt by pulling both tabs so that the catch is perfectly in the center of the pelvis and the belt rests just above the hips.
  • Pull the shoulder straps making sure that they fit snugly against the shoulders, accommodating the curvature of the shoulders, and that their attachment is roughly at the height of the 7th cervical vertebra. Do not pull the shoulder straps completely but leave a few inches of play for later fine adjustment.
  • Fasten the chest strap at this point to secure the shoulder straps in the correct and ergonomically ideal position, without excessive compression points.
  • Further adjust the webbing of the waist belt.
  • Pull the load adjustment buckles so that it comes to rest at the height of the collarbone, then just ahead of the highest point of the shoulder joint.

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