What am I doing wrong with my new rucksack?
April 27, 2014 1:59 AM Subscribe
I bought a 50 litre rucksack to take on a hiking holiday this summer. I do a lot of walking and am used to carrying a 25 litre backpack with no problems. Yesterday I lightly packed the 50L bag and took it out on a easy hike to start getting used to it, but over the course of the day I strained my upper back, between my shoulder blades. I don't think there's anything wrong with the bag - what am I doing wrong?
posted by meronym to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total)
I am a 30-something woman, quite petite (5"3') but fairly fit. I'm used to carrying a 25L backpack on day hikes and I've never had any back problems as a result.
I bought my new 50L bag because I'm going on a walking holiday later this year and I need to carry a week's worth of gear, and be able to walk every day. The bag is an Osprey woman's Aura 50 rucksack, with a waist strap and upper chest strap. Yesterday I packed it lightly, filling it up with bulk rather than a lot of weight - I put a towel and a sleeping bag at the bottom then packed my normal day hiking gear on top of that - and went on a fairly easy hike, but almost as soon as I set out, I started to feel a strain in my upper back between my shoulder blades, which only got worse as the day went on. My upper back still aches a bit today, after a night's rest.
I don't think there's anything wrong with the bag, so I must be carrying it wrong (or packing it wrong?), but I don't know what I should be looking to fix. I know that when I'm carrying it, most of the weight should be resting on my hips through the waist strap, and it did feel like that was the case.