TETON Sports internal frame backpacks are easy to adjust, so you can get a custom fit.
- Some TETON Sports packs adjust as much as eight inches in the torso, so be sure to get a backpack that will fit your torso. When the pack arrives, adjust the height straps to match your torso dimension (see How do I measure my torso length?).
Adjusting the Rest of the Pack
- Note: Put at least 20 pounds of evenly distributed weight in your pack before you do the next six adjustments. Filled packs fit differently.
- Step 1: Loosen the shoulder, load lift, chest, and stabilizer straps. Put the pack on.
- Step 2: Buckle the waist belt and tighten both sides evenly so the belt sits over the center of your hip bones. Most of the weight should rest on your hips.
- Step 3: Pull the shoulder straps tighter so your pack moves close to your body.
- Step 4: Buckle the chest strap, tighten and adjust it until it centers on your chest.
- Step 5: Adjust the load lift straps so the weight of the pack is balanced between your hips and shoulders. Tighter straps place more weight on your shoulders; looser straps move the weight to your hips.
- Step 6: Tighten the stabilizer straps to stop the pack from swaying as you walk. This will improve balance and help conserve energy.
**Bonus: To increase comfort, the aluminum stays can be shaped to the curvature of your back.
- Step 1: Remove stays from the back of the pack. Carefully bend the stays to the contour of your back, resembling an "S" shape. (It is easier to have another person assist you.)
- Step 2: Replace the stays, being careful to properly place them so they will follow the curve of your back.