Originally Posted by hutchings
I'm used to riding with shit strapped to my back, I currently do it everyday on my way to and from work with my old regular backpak. It's obviously not loaded down with fuel and such so it's not as heavy as it would be on a roadtrip.
I'm trained as an NFPA 1081 firefighter, so I'm used to carrying a SCBA on my back, their around 30lbs... The trick is to carry the load on your hips, not your shoulders. That's why having a good supportive waist belt is a must in the backpak I decide on purchasing.
Sorry, guess you would probably know more about packing shit on your back than I would then.
It just seems to me any pack I have worn rides well on my back walking, but as soon as I sit down the weight distribution goes to hell and it feels out of balance. I think it's the whole supporting the weight on your hips thing you mentioned, it doesn't work for me when I sit.
Maybe I'm grossly misshapen, but nobody has ever mentioned that.........but maybe the are just being nice?