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Learn how to correctly fit and adjust your hiking backpack

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A backpack that is properly adjusted means a comfortable hike

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How to properly adjust your hiking backpack

In this video, you'll learn how to adjust your hiking backpack. Adjusting your hiking backpack properly is quite straightforward, but it's important to get it right so that you to avoid shoulder or back pain

only make adjustments your backpack when it's packed, otherwise they won't be right!

Here are the 4 types of strap that you will use when adjusting your backpack: the waist straps, shoulder straps, load lifter straps, and finally, chest straps.

Firstly, we have the waist straps - first buckle the belt, and then fasten it so that the bag lies fairly tight against your pelvis. It must not rest on your buttocks, hips or waist. Your pelvis should be carrying the majority of the backpack’s loading - let’s say about 80% - while your shoulders should take the remaining minority.

Secondly, the shoulder straps - if your bag is equipped with shoulder straps, pull them so that the bag begins to fit comfortably against your shoulders, whilst ensuring that you can also run your finger under the straps with ease. If this is not the case, adjust them again.

Thirdly, the load lifter straps - these straps are very important because they allow you to pull in the loading of your bag so that it fits tightly against your back, this will give you more stability.

Finally, the chest strap is at your disposal if you wish to use it. Some people like to buckle it, whilst others don’t use it at all. It is entirely up to you what you do with it, depending on the morphology of your body and your general preferences.

During your hike, don’t hesitate to re-adjust your bag’s straps in order to make further adjustments as you see fit

To conclude, here are the 4 types of strap that you will use when adjusting your backpack: the waist straps, shoulder straps, load lifter straps, and finally, chest straps.

Learning to adjust your hiking backpack

This is a beginner’s level video that teaches you how to adjust your hiking backpack before you set off. Making the right adjustments to your backpack will allow you to wear it correctly while avoiding loss of balance and bodily harm. Don’t forget to adjust your bag once it is full. We present you with a method that is made up of 4 stages: adjusting the waist straps, the shoulder straps, the load lifter straps, and finally, the chest straps. You can also make these adjustments during your hike. This is the second video in the “Setting off on your hike” chapter. After we teach you how to organise your hikes by yourself, you will have been equipped with basic hiking techniques. The video has been created together with Decathlon, Sikana’s partner in the “SPORTS Program”, and with the expertise of Xavier Gadat, medium-altitude guide and member of France’s esteemed AMM Association. You can find the complete hiking programme collection, which is 100% free, on Sikana’s website: Sikana is an educational movement which democratises practical skills, thanks to a unique, digital platform that brings together a community of experts, volunteers and organisations, for those who want to improve their lives and the lives of others.

They pull the weight of the rucksack towards your back and keep you balanced

Lastly, you can do up the chest strap if you want to





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