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This article will come as a saving grace for all trailblazing women who want to take the backpain out of backpacking. The secret is quite simple. Try a backpack that has been designed for women...and not men!
Serious backpack makers realise nowadays that regular backpacks that have traditionally been designed with men's body frames in mind are just not suitable for the more graceful feminine form. Such backpacks tend not to fit women well and can spell disaster for your backpacking trip. As anyone who has hit the trail knows, an uncomfortable backpack will soon take its toll in the form of backaches and shoulder pains.
So what are the differences between backpacks designed for women and men. Well, the difference is not in how many pockets it has or whether the top lid is detachable or not. Those are examples of functions of the backpack which are common to backpacking regardless of your sex, age or anything else.
The real difference in men's and women's backpacks lies in how the backpack sits and fits on the body. The three main contact points of any backpack are the waistbelt, the shoulder harness and the backpanel which is determined by the size of the internal frame. Backpack comfort and therefore pain minimisation depends on how well these contact points hug the contours of your body.
Gregory Mountain Products is one manufacturer that takes backpack design seriously and have developed a range of women's backpacks based on these fundamental differences into account. These backpacks feature narrower shoulder harnesses, waistbelts that fit female hips and are available in extra-small size for women with short torso lengths.
Just try one of them on and you will instantly feel the difference. The shoulder straps and waist belt can be adjusted to hug your body absolutely perfectly and comfortably. Get ready to enjoy a whole new perspective on backpacking!