The Balance Pockets should not touch your body. If they do you will need to increase the bend in the wire frames to create the air gap that prevents heat build up.
Precision Tuning the Hipbelt Size and Shape Our Pelvic-Form hipbelts can be adjusted in angle and length at both the front and the back. To check the fit, put the pack on and tighten the hipbelt at the correct height.
Note whether the pressure is tighter at the top or bottom of the hipbelt. Tightening the top of tensioning loop 6, snugs and moulds the top of the hipelt around your waist and over the top of your hips. Tightening the bottom of tensioning loop 6 tightens the bottom of the hipbelt around your hips. Pulling the end of the tensioning loop 6tightens the top and bottom simultaneously.
Note whether the thin area behind the holster bar 210 is over the front point of your hipbone. If the stretch panel or the gap 21 is forward of the front edge of your hipbone, the hipbelt needs shortening; if it is behind, the hipbelt needs lengthening. Notice by how much. To adjust the hipbelt, you must separate the hipbelt from its framesheet. To access, release the bottom corners of the mesh backpanel 22 by undoing the velcro tabs. Now, separate each hipbelt end from the framesheet.
*To shorten the hipbelt, reposition the hipbelt further in (keeping the framesheet and hipbelt velcro in line).
*To lengthen the hipbelt, reposition the hipbelt further out (keep the framesheet and hipbelt velcro in line).
Now note whether the hipbelt tension is even at the middle seam of the hipbelt and the bottom edge. If the bottom edge is digging in, (more likely if you are a woman with distinctly flared hips), then angle the hipbelt ends up slightly before closing the velcro. Re-connect the mesh corner tabs and put the pack back on. Re- check the fit and the comfort. If necessary, readjust so that the match is perfect.
Most models have Auto-mould frames so custom bending of frames is rarely needed.
There are some less common back shapes where it may be advantageous to increase or decrease the bend in the side perimeter frame at the height of the lower horizontal frame, as follows.
- If there is too much pressure across the small of your back, first increase the tension on the backpanel by tightening the top tension straps. If this does not solve the problem, you could slightly decrease the convex bend at the height of the top of the hipbelt.
- If there is pressure at the base of the backpanel on your sacrum area, you could slightly increase the convex bend at the height of the top of the hipbelt.
Attaching Balance Pockets to your Pack
Shoulder strap attachment:
- Slide the sternum adjustors 14 to the top of the 20 mm webs.
- Slip the toggle 15 at the top of the Balance Pocket onto the O Ring 24 below the sternum adjuster.
- Slip the frame extension 16 at the bottom of each Balance Pocket into the corresponding hipbelt holster 17. Close the metal snaps 18.