How to fit a big pack

Pack Fitting

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 Belt

Align the contoured (center) part of the waistbelt over your hip bones.

Align the contoured (center) part of the waistbelt over your hip bones.

Don’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 Straps

Well adjusted shoulder strap maintain contact front to back.

Well adjusted shoulder strap maintain contact front to back.

Adjusting 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 Strap

Whistled Sternum Strap has elastic to let you breath easy with a heavy load.

Whistled Sternum Strap has elastic to let you breath easy with a heavy load.

The 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 Lifters

With just a light tension on load lifters the should strap still hugs the body, and the hips carry most of the weight.

With just a light tension on load lifters the should strap still hugs the body, and the hips carry most of the weight.

Load 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.

Tightening the load lifter straps pulls the pack against your back. Shoulder straps lift off back, but shoulders bear more weight.

Tightening the load lifter straps pulls the pack against your back. Shoulder straps lift off back, but shoulders bear more weight.

Step Five: Adjust the Sway Control Straps

Straps on the side of the hip belt keep it from swaying too much. If too tight, reduces mobility of legs from the hip joint.

Straps on the side of the hip belt keep it from swaying too much. If too tight, reduces mobility of legs from the hip joint.

For 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.

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