ALPS Mountaineering Pack Fitting
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9/16/2007 3:16 PM
Internal Frame Pack Fitting
STEP 1 – Tighten Waist Belt – Position
the waist belt over your hip bones and
fasten the waist belt buckle. Tighten the
waist belt by pulling on the waist belt
webbing. The waist belt should be snug.
Make sure the final tightened waist belt is
centered over your hip bones … which
means the waist belt buckle should be
about over your belly-button.
STEP 2 – Tighten Shoulder
Straps - Tighten the shoulder
straps by pulling down on the
lower shoulder strap webbing.
They should be tightened so
that you feel some (not all) of
the pack weight being shifted to
your shoulders from your waist
STEP 3 – Check the Torso Adjustment Length - The shoulder straps should wrap over your shoulders and
there should not be any gaps between the top of your shoulders and the shoulder strap. In general, the top of the
shoulder strap harness should be about at the base of your neck … near the largest backbone at the top of your
spine/base of your neck.
Torso Adjustment is Too Long – You can tell the adjustment is too long because the harness will be above the
base of your neck and there will be gaps under your shoulder straps. The top of the pack will also be more
“unstable” when you walk because you do not have the proper contact with your shoulders and your shoulder
Torso Adjustment is Too Short – You can tell the adjustment is too short because the harness will be well below
the base of your neck and the ends of the padded sh