Before you go out and buy the perfect backpack, it’s important to know what size you have to buy. If your backpack is not the correct size, it may start to cause neck and back discomfort.
In order to purchase the correct size, you must know the best way to measure your torso length as well as your hip size. This is an easy way to measure your torso length and hip size. The second half of this article also looks at how to pick the ideal backpack for you.
Measuring Your Torso Length
The process of measuring your torso length is very simple.
However, you will need the assistance of a partner as it may be difficult to reach back with your arms. Make sure you are standing straight with your head slightly tilted forward.
1. Ask your partner to look for the tiny bony prominence located near the back of the neck. This is where your shoulders meet at the beginning of the neck. This is the seventh cervical vertebra, or C7 vertebra, as it is commonly called. It is where the top part of your body begins at this point.
2. Place your hands on either side of your body at the top of your rib cage and slowly move them toward your hips. With your fingers facing forward and your thumbs resting on your back, visualize the space between your thumbs as a line as you can imagine.
3. Using the help of a tape measure, ask a friend to measure the line between your C7 and the imaginary line between your thumbs. This is how you measure the length of your torso.
Measure your hip size
Next, you must determine the size of your hips. Since most of the weight of the pack rests on your hips and thighs, using the right size pack on your hips is of the utmost importance. However, if you do find a backpack that is not sized for your torso length, then it probably won’t fit your hips. However, it is wise to be safe and pay attention to your hip measurements.
1. Place both hands on your hips in the manner described earlier. Your hands are placed over an area known as the iliac crest. This is the bone that arches over your pelvis.
2. Take the measuring tape and slide it over your hips. This line is slightly higher than your waistline, so measuring your hips does not mean measuring your waist size.
Use your measurements to choose the right backpack size
Use the numbers from the measurements above to figure out the ideal size for your backpack. For example, if your torso length is 22, inches and your hip measurement equals 15 inches, then these are the measurements you’re looking for in your backpack size.
Adjusting the shoulder straps
Most backpacks have adjustable straps and the best way to test the straps is to carry the backpack while shopping and then adjust the size to determine if it is the perfect size. Different companies may have different sizes, so it is recommended to test your backpack.
It is also recommended to put small clothes or other heavy objects in the pack to determine the way it can carry heavy loads. If you are hiking or backpacking, you will inevitably carry some weight in your backpack. When the straps dig into your skin, or the backpack doesn’t hold its shape when you load it with heavy items, you should choose a sturdier, stronger backpack.
Check for fit
If you lift your backpack, you should shrug your shoulders. Make sure you buckle the belt and then adjust the shoulder straps until they are the best fit. After that, then the weight you put in the pack will appear to be evenly distributed over your body and back. The most critical point to verify is whether there is a significant gap above your shoulders after you adjust the straps. If there is a gap, it means that the weight is concentrated in the lower part of your back.