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Backcountry Gear: How to Adjust Your Hunting Pack

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Correctly adjusting your pack takes four simple steps. Each are essential to the comfort and enjoyment of your trip, whether it’s to a stone-hut field station on a distant peak or the hoof-trampled meadows frequented by rutting elk.

Here are the steps you need to take:

1. Remove panel or stay(s) from your internal-frame pack and adjust them to fit the contour of your back. Have a buddy help you and stand in a normal posture.

2. Adjust the distance between shoulder straps and hip belt. Shoulder straps should curve comfortably around your shoulders, hip belt should fit comfortably over your iliac crest (hip bone).

3. Buckle your chest strap, adjusting throughout the day for comfort.

4. Balance the load using your load distribution and load lifter straps.