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How to fit a backpack

Watch as Eagle Scout Jon Almquist, who works for national outdoors retailer REI, shows you how to fit a backpack in this exclusive BL video.

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11 Comments on How to fit a backpack

  1. not too old // August 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    I use an old surplus ‘MOLLE’ pack. It is external frame and over-sized for a day hike and better for camping but consider that the only pack you have to ‘stuff’ full is one that is too small. It’s a little largr than the one in the video. I like it because it has a section that keeps my sleeping stuff separate and completely dry, and adding a gallon of water to the load is no problem in this large pack other than the weight of the water.

  2. you should do an external frame pack!!!

  3. very helpful

  4. Thanks! I’m looking for a good backpack between 35 and 45 litres.

  5. What kind of backpack did you demonstate in your video?

  6. baseballbatter // June 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm // Reply

    Very helpful.

  7. troop69-tenderfoot // June 2, 2009 at 8:14 am // Reply

    This video is awesome. I need a backpack!!!!!

  8. i found the perfect backpack thanks

  9. this is a problem I had going on a hike I wish I had seen this video earlier.

  10. Scout for Life // April 14, 2009 at 7:32 pm // Reply

    Great tips thanks Mr. Almquist!

    First Post Gear Guy rules

  11. rabbit dude // April 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm // Reply


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