Backpacks and Carrying Systems (Backpack Brands (Hyper light Mountain Gear…
Backpacks and Carrying Systems
The North Face
A very wide range of options
Hyper light Mountain Gear
Made in the USA
34 and 70 liter packs 1.8-2 pounds. Streamline design, without a lot of pockets.
Made from Dyneema (Cuban Fiber)
Bring extra plastic bags for the inside and the outside of your pack.
Pack covers tend to leak around the seams and collect water in the bottom.
It is important for back health to make sure your pack fits correctly.
Fit is based on torso length, not on height
Lighter quantity ( in liters) does not does not determine the size and fit of the pack. it just tells how much the pack can hold.
The sternum strap lowers the chance of shoulder bruises and helps with fit.
make sure that the hip straps lay on the illiac crest!
Weight Distribution Inside the Pack
Keep heavy stuff in the center of the pack and close to the back frame. This will make the pack feel less off center or balance.
Light things go on the top and on the bottom, again to help maintain better balance.
Centralize (make accessible) the things you could need in a hurry. (4 essentials)
This is better for your back
Map,sunscreen, food, water, medical supplies, medications, ect. Close to the top.
Carry weight closest to the bodies center of mass.
Weight spread out along the torso was proven to impede breaking ability up to 10%
Different kinds of carrying systems
Different Barrels are bear proofed differently, check regulations and dangers
Difficult to transport large barrels - these are best for boating trips
Some are large enough for the use of multiple people for extended trips and others are single person couple day use.
Attach handles and backpack straps for heavy loads
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Multi day lite race packs
Pack food in near your back - most likely the heaviest items.
Smaller chest compartment, with items that would be needed more often, To avoid taking pack on and off.
Or athletes can find smaller packs for day runs, big enough for food, water and a few items.
Good for traveling to a base camp with a lot of gear
Hard to carry with weight all on one side
Fits well into a boat but may not be waterproof
Adjusting the straps
Buckle hip belt and secure it
Buckle chest strap and secure it
Loosen all straps
Secure shoulder straps evenly
Attempt to have the weight distributed between shoulders and hips, with an easiness on hips carrying the most weight.
If the sleeping pad will fit inside the bag, then it can be rolled in a cylinder with things packed inside of it. This will give the pack a solid uniform look.
Be careful not to puncture water bags or bladders while packing.
Split up group gear all at once and change the rolls everyday.
Rain layers on top in case of unexpected weather
The pack should be able to sit up on its own when packed correctly.
No big lumps - this creates dead space around it
No hanging things from the pack - you will get caught and they will get lost.
Put things in containers and empty spaces. (nest)
Never leave gear lying around. Packs should be packed and closed after each opening. (storm Proofed)
Keep things streamline, to keep things professional.
Line backpack with a thick plastic trash bag to waterproof the things inside. Sleeping bag should be lined as well, if it is kept in a stuff sack.
Sleeping bag can be in a compression sack or it can be loose at the bottom of the bag.
Know what you need before going into the backpack. Unpack as few times as possible.
Things for the top of the pack: Headlamp, Journal, Med Kit Supplies, Med tape, Sunscreen.
Designed to carry weight on the front and back of the body. Load on the back heavier than load on the front, but distributed to keep the body in more of an upright position.
Posture is dependent on the center of gravity for what you're carrying and the center of gravity for your body.