Video: Properly fitting your Exo Mountain Gear pack
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Video: Properly fitting your Exo Mountain Gear pack

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Lenny and I just got back from a quick high country deer scouting trip and when we were up there we shot a video on how to properly fit your Exo pack.  We covered the basic torso adjustment settings, some tips that we like to do for our own packs and a few other things.

Step-By-Step

Before you begin to fit your pack, please make sure that you are not wearing a thick leather belt, or any other items that you wouldn’t wear while hiking or hunting with the pack in normal conditions.

Additionally, it is important that step through the fitting process with a load of 20-30lbs in the pack.  You’ll also want a mirror handy, so that you can see how the pack is fitting you once it is in place.

Once you have some weight in the pack, loosen the adjustment straps (hipbelt, shoulder straps, load lifters, load stabilizers) and put the pack on your back.  Now you’re ready to begin testing the fit…

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  • Center the hip belt over the top of your iliac crest and secure the hip belt buckle, and snug, but don’t over-tighten, the hip belt in place
  • Vertically align sternum strap over sternum, secure the buckle, and gently snug it into place, setting the shoulder straps at a comfortable width
  • Begin to tighten shoulder straps until you begin feel the pack pull into your body
  • Snug-up the load lifter straps, removing slack but not pulling past taught
  • Standing tall and straight, evaluate the amount of gap between the shoulder straps and the top of your shoulders toward the rear; you should be able to slide your index and middle fingers between your shoulders and the strap, but should not be able to fit your hand in the gap
  • If necessary, remove the pack and adjust the torso length to achieve the desired gaps.  If the pack was riding too high and the shoulder gap was too large, bring the harness down; and vice versa.
  • When adjusting the shoulder harness to make torso length adjustments, be sure to re-loosen all straps and repeat the process from the beginning to test the fit of the new setting

Those are the important steps in making sure that the pack is properly fitted to your body.  As you continue to wear the pack and gain experience carrying different loads, you can continue to fine-tune the adjustments to achieve maximum comfort for your body’s shape.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at: info@exomountaingear.com.  Otherwise, we’ll follow-up in a week or so with another email showing you the best way to load all of your gear in your new Exo Mountain Gear pack.