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Kari Post
(karipost) - MLife

Locale: New Hampshire
Help Measuring Torso Length on 06/21/2008 18:59:43 MDT Print View

I was measured at my local outdoors store and they said I have a 17 inch torso and should wear a size small (but he asked me where my hips were and I pointed kind of generally). Whenever I try to measure myself, I end up with between 19 and 20 inches, which is a medium. Maybe I'm a little confused about where exactly I should measure on my hip bones. Do I want the pack hip belt to rest on top of my hip bones(with the bottom part matching up with the top of my iliac crst) or over my hip bones so that the padded belt cups my hip bones and my iliac crest is hidden beneath the padding?

Personally, I feel a lot more comfortable with the belt cupping around my hips rather than sitting on top, like most resources suggest. I feel like the pack rides up and is around my stomach this way. Maybe I'm just not used to having things gripping my waist, but I'm not sure what is right.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Help Measuring Torso Length on 06/22/2008 11:06:57 MDT Print View

Depending on the weight of your load, and the type of pack, the waist belt should be at your navel. If you start with the pack cupping your hip bone the pack may slip down and cause problems with pressure on nerves and blood vessels. If the pack has load lifters, to raise the shoulder straps off the top of your shoulders, the angle of the load lifters should rise from your shoulders at an angle of not less than 45°.

I have found that many outfitters employees who have little experience carrying backpacks tend to fit packs on the "too short" side.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Help measuring torso length on 06/22/2008 11:09:11 MDT Print View

Hi Kari. This sizing chart from ULA might be of some help. I'm a 21" torso length, and when i order a pack at that size, the top of my hip bones usually sit right in the middle of the hipbelt.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re: Help measuring torso length on 06/22/2008 11:12:04 MDT Print View

Remember that some packs have hipbelts for load bearing, and others have a waist-strap for stability.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Help measuring torso length on 06/22/2008 11:53:29 MDT Print View

Your ULA link is currently out of order. Hopefully this is a small oversight on their part:


Domain expires on 21-Jun-2008
Last updated on 22-Jun-2008

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Help measuring torso length on 06/22/2008 12:10:01 MDT Print View

It works if i click on it. Very strange.

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
ULA Domain on 06/22/2008 12:25:50 MDT Print View

Mike the link does not work for me either, I wonder if you are accessing the cache on your own computer?

I checked my own link for ULA and it takes me to a domain name expired site. The joys of the internet.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Help measuring torso length on 06/22/2008 12:50:42 MDT Print View

I'm no techie when it comes to computers. Things either work for me or not! Here's a LINK to another measuring site. Hopefully this one works!