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Balance Pockets

1. Balance Pockets attach to the holsters on the hipbelt and thelarge O rings on the shoulder straps. These O rings are free to slide up or down the shoulderstraps so that the shoulders bear no load from the pockets.
2. Balance Pockets have frames to transfer the load onto the hipbelt.
The weight from the Balance pockets on the front of the hipbelt balances the weight from the pack on the back of the hipbelt, reducing or eliminating leverages on the hips.
3. The frames can be bent for big-chested women or men with large tummies for comfort and to create the air gap that eliminates heat build up.
4. The pack's pull-back forces on the shoulders are neutralised by the pull-forward forces from the Balance Pockets. Shoulder straps can be worn more loosely than a backpack (eliminating back and shoulder strain) so that more of the load is transferred onto the hips.
5. The two separate pockets are designed to create a gap between them so that you can see your feet as you walk.
6. The Balance Pockets are attached to the pack before you put it on. They can be left permanently attached or removed for separate use.

How to measure my back length with a book:

Measure the distance from the top of your hip bones to the mid- point of your shoulder. 

Stand with your back against a wall with a hard covered book and pencil in hand. Place the book vertically against your side, with the bottom edge resting on top of your hipbone and the back edge against the wall. Mark the height of the lower edge of the book on the wall. This is the height of the top of your hips.

Now place the book vertically by the side of your head. With the back edge resting against the wall and the bottom edge resting on the mid-point of one shoulder (halfway between your neck and the end of your shoulder - this is where the centre of the shoulder straps should lie). Mark the height of the bottom edge of the book on the wall. This is the height of your shoulders. 

Now measure the difference in height between the two marks on the wall. Congratulations, you now have your back length! 

How to measure my hipbelt size:

The large models with Pelvic-Form Hipbelts have three hipbelt sizes. The size medium size, (M) is standard.

Use a tape measure to determine your waist size, as the top of the hip belt goes around your waist.
To correctly measure your waist, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Then, measure your waist just after you breathe out.

If this distance is less than 85 cm choose the Small size.
Between 85 cm and 95 cm, choose the Medium size.
If it is greater than 95 cm, choose the Large size.

Back Length and Volume of Aarn Packs

Use this table to help choose the correct pack for your adventures.