How to adjust the straps on the backpack for yourself - detailed instructions

Going on a camping trip, having packed his things, the tourist should set up the backpack so that it is conveniently located on the back, does not rub the body with separate parts of its structure, and does not unduly load the shoulders. Therefore, it is very important to know how to adjust the backpack for yourself.

What elements of the backpack require adjustment

Having picked up a backpack for the first time, not everyone will understand how, and most importantly, what needs to be adjusted so that the rest does not turn into torment. Consider which points on the backpacks are adjustable.


The larger the backpack, the more likely it is to have an adjustable back. It can be customized to fit a person’s height, for added convenience when carrying. For models with a small displacement, the back is generally not adjustable. Some manufacturers produce backpacks already for a specific back size, thereby reducing its weight, due to the lack of a system of belts and carabiners in this part.

Adjustable Back on Backpack

Shoulder straps

These are the main elements with which you can reliably adjust the backpack for yourself. Shoulder straps are adjustable at two points: above and below.

Shoulder straps

Chest tightening

This is a small strap with a carabiner that connects the shoulder straps at the chest level and prevents them from crawling. Thanks to the chest tightening, the backpack does not move off the shoulders and fits snugly to the body. The load is distributed correctly on the back, which is very important when crossing narrow mountain paths or bridges - logs.

Chest tightening


Fastens in the zone of a belt and promotes the correct distribution of the transferred load.


Extra belts

These are small straps located at the base of the waist belts and additionally fastening them to the backpack. They are needed in order to more securely fix the backpack to the body.

Extra straps

They must be tightened, but the main thing is not to overdo it, because a tightly tightened strap can create folds on the waist belt, and they will rub when walking.

Step-by-step backpack setup instructions

To properly configure the backpack and a clear fit to the figure, it needs to be loaded. Fix things with side ties, they should not hang inside.

1. Start by adjusting the back

It is necessary to adjust the level of the shoulder and waist belt in accordance with the growth of the one who will carry this backpack. Waist straps should be at the level of the pelvic bones. The back adjustment system can be seen in Figure 1.

Fig. 1

2. Relax all belts

The next step is to loosen all the straps on the backpack, as shown in fig. 2.

Fig. 2 Location of all belts

3. Put the backpack on your shoulders

You also need to learn to do this correctly:

  • set the backpack on a support at the level of the belt or put it on one knee, lifting it by one strap;
  • put one hand into the shoulder strap;
  • throw the backpack on your back;
  • put the belt on the second shoulder.

4. Waist belt adjustment

Fasten and adjust the waist belt. It should be located at the level of the pelvic bones. See fig. 3. No need to tighten it at the waist: it will put pressure on the stomach and bring discomfort while walking. Lowering too low on the hips is also not necessary. A similar mistake is often made by inexperienced tourists: in this case, the lap belt does not work and all the weight falls on the shoulders.

Fig. 3 Waist belt adjustment

5. Adjustment of shoulder straps

It is very important to configure them correctly:

  • padded shoulder straps should fit exactly on the shoulders;
  • Letting go and pulling up the straps you need to make sure that the backpack is sufficiently tightly located on the back.

By adjusting the shoulder straps, pulling up must be stopped at the moment when the transfer of the load from the lower back to the shoulders begins to be felt. The load distribution should be as follows: most on the belt, less on the shoulders. Fig. 4.

If you make a mistake in the settings, the backpack can hang on your back, but this is not very convenient, and it will rub. Improper distribution of the weight of the backpack leads to rapid fatigue on the march. Strongly tightened belts can squeeze hands, leading to a violation of blood circulation in them, from which they will freeze.

Fig. 4 Adjusting the shoulder straps

6. Fasten and tighten the chest strap

It must be tightened so that it is comfortable. He should not hold his breath. Its main function is to ensure a comfortable position of the backpack and partially relieve the load from the shoulders.

7. Additional adjusting straps

And finally, you need to configure additional adjustment straps in the backpack. They are located on the shoulder straps in the clavicle region. With their help, the correct location of the backpack is being established.

They need to be tightened so that they are at 30 ° to the surface of the earth.

If the angle is more than 45 °, this indicates that the back is too long and should be reduced. Or vice versa, an angle of less than 20 ° is a short back.

In order to set the correct positioning of the adjustment belts, it is not at all necessary to purchase special measuring instruments. Just experimenting by pulling and releasing the belts is enough.

So, the backpack adjustment is over. You can safely go camping: in the mountains, steppes, forests. Where the soul desires! Have a nice rest!

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