A. Balance pockets can be left permanently attached to your pack. They are best for backcountry wilderness trips. Balance Bags attach quickly after putting the pack on and unclip even faster before taking the pack off. They are best when you need to take the pack off often, such as travelling
A. Aarn Balance Bags give the experience of a more balanced load to users of other brands of packs and attach via a patented universal attachment system. This is your only option with your current pack, and it works very well. Only Aarn packs are designed with the necessary attachments points on the hip belt and shoulder straps for Balance Pockets.
A. They work better than other backpacks due to the slim side profiles reducing leverages on your back, the U Flow systems allowing free movement, the precision fit for comfort, the high breathability contact parts for cooling and the waterproof liners for dry gear.
A. This is a common misconception. They don't restrict your vision because you can see your feet in the gap between the pockets. In fact using Balance Pockets in rough terrain greatly improves your balance, stability and safety.
A. The Balance Pockets should not touch your body. Custom bend the frames to produce a ventilation gap.
A. No. A sliding connection to the shoulder straps allows each Balance Pocket to transfer all its weight to the front of hipbelt.
A. Yes, and women with large busts have found the pockets work well after custom bending the frames to suit their contours.
A. At first, a Balance Pack feels more cumbersome to put on than a backpack. Familiarity and correct technique make it easy.
A. To achieve optimum arm clearance regulate the gap at the top of the Balance Pockets by the top straps and at the bottom by adjusting the hipbelt length.
A. The sloping bottom of the Pockets and the hipbelt attachment system ensure that the pockets are high enough for leg clearance.
A. With a load in front your pack doesn't project so high - a high pack can pose more of a problem in penetrating scrub than pockets in front. Except in the very thickest scrub, Balance Pockets are not a problem, and protect your chest.
A. Equalising weight front and back is even more important for the back than reducing weight.Sports Science findings confirm this. Knowledgable physios now recommend Balance Pack to strengthen the backs.
A. Balance Pockets are the only solution. The Balance Pockets pull the shoulder straps forward and away from your body at the sides of your chest, eliminating the pressure precisely where needed.
A. We have extensive experience with river crossings using Aarn Balance Packs. The Balance Pockets act as front flotation devices if swept off your feet helping you to stay face up.
Before before crossing the river unclip the chest straps from the X-configuration and reclip the Balance pockets together at the top, with the sternum straps undone.
A. Clip the top buckles of the Balance Pockets together after passing through the haul loop.
A. When your chest needs to be close to a rock or ice face, Balance Pockets hinder movement
and balance. Therefore we do not recommended them for technical climbing. However they
have been used successfully for mountaineering on less technical terrain, on successful
Everest ascents and the west ridge of Denali in Alaska.
For a climbing trip, use the Balance Pockets for the approach and remove them for the
climb. You can substitute Balance Gear Racks to carry heavy climbing hardware, taking
the weight off your shoulders and balancing weight in the pack.
For short moves around a vertical obstacle, the larger Balance Pockets unclip at the top and
swing out of the way to the sides underneath your arms. This allows your chest to be close
to the face. Reclip them together when the obstacle is passed.