I have a relatively long torso, am 5’5″, 136 pds….My torso measurement is 18 inches. I need a smallish daypack that has a good hip belt (my shoulders get sore easily).
So far I have tried the Manta 30, the Aventura, and the Jade 28. According to my measurements I should be a small. All of the hip belts hit me above my hip bones and therefore I feel like the weight is resting mostly on my shoulders.
Any suggestions? I was under the impression that the waist belt should rest on the hips and not the actual waist area…am I wrong?
Thanks for your email. We appreciate that you read HikingLady.com.
Yes, you are definitely right that your backpack belt should rest on your hips. Generally they are even referred to as “hip belts”. If your torso measurement is accurate, you’re going to need a Medium size pack, not a Small. Check out this advice page from REI: REI’s Backpack Sizing Tips.
Hope that helps!
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