Finding the right pack means finding the right fit too! Everyone is built a little different so Red Fox packs are built to be worn in comfort. All our packs can be adjusted in varying degrees (depending on the pack style and size) to provide a great fit that results in optimal comfort, stability and performance!
Step One: Adjusting the Waist BeltDon’t put the weight of the world on your shoulders, put it on your waist! The key to this is proper positioning. For a simple webbing waistbelt, the bottom of the belt should rest on top of your hip sockets (the illiac crest). For a padded belt, put the contoured center of the waist belt on the pronounced part of your hips…
…and tighten until snug.
Our unique belt designs allow unrestricted movement of your legs and hips while walking, even uphill. This increases your range of motion as well as allowing the pack to remain upright and stable so you can use your energy for hiking all day, not fighting to keep your pack stable and in the right position.
Step Two: Adjusting the Shoulder StrapsAdjusting the shoulder straps properly will ensure your back and shoulders don’t burn out before your legs do. The straps should form a relaxed curve over your shoulders where they connect to the back of the pack. When adjusting the front of the straps make sure they are pulled to an equally firm tension. Too tight will cause the waist belt to pull up, transferring the weight from your hips to your shoulders. Too loose and the weight will fall away from you, stressing your back as well as creating side-sto-side sway.
Step Three: Adjust the Sternum StrapThe sternum strap, combined with Red Fox’s unique shoulder straps that curve out, allows easy breathing while keeping the straps right where you want them. To position the sternum strap where you want it across your chest move the vertical sliders to where you want it, up or down, then close the buckle and tighten to where it feels comfortable.
Step Four: Adjust the Load LiftersLoad Lifters allow you to fine tune weight distribution and the position of the pack to where you want it. Pulling tighter will bring the load closer to you for a closer fit and straighter posture. Loosening the load lifter straps lets the pack tip backward so weight is carried more on the hips; this also makes taking deep breaths easier.
Step Five: Adjust the Sway Control StrapsFor larger packs Red Fox adds sway control straps on the outside of the belt. This allows you to adjust the amount of movement, or float, you will notice with the pack resting on your hips as they shift side to side while walking. Tighten the fit of the belt to decrease shifting, loosen to provide more relaxed articulation of your hips.