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Hey everyone,

Am currently pondering about the following situation and hope someone can shine some light here.

First I ordered an Osprey Atmos 65 backpack in large but soon discovered I measured my waist wrongly so I ordered a medium a few days afterwards. After almost two weeks (amazon free delivery option takes that long) it's finally in but it appears they sent me some Marmot 35 instead of the one I ordered.

Kind of annoying since I've planned a trip tomorrow for point Reyes and was really looking forward to using my new backpack instead of the old one. However, since I couldn't cancel it anymore, I do have the large Atmos 65 still laying around here and am wondering if I should keep that afterall. I have a waist size of 33-34 and the large one should be good for 33 and above. Incase I loose weight that seems a little short (the medium ranges from 28-38 or something) but the belt straps seem to have quite some length left for optionally drawing it tighter (I will not loose -that- much weight..), but possibly the belt will get uncomfortable when tightening the straps beyond 33 eventhough the straps allow so?

What do you guys think I should do?

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More importantly, your torso height is affected by the size.

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As Tigger said, if the torso length doesn't fit, the waist belt size doesn't matter.

But if the large Atmos 65 fits your torso, keep it.  Chances of your waist getting smaller as you get older are "slim" even if you lose weight.

Doesn't the 65 have an adjustable waist belt?
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You don't say how tall you are, but I have always needed to buy my Osprey packs in size Large for the torso length, and got a medium hip belt on any that have the option of interchangeable belts. (I am a 34 waist right now, trying get back down...)

On the styles that don't have the option I just get the Large and cinch it tight.


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My torso length is 20 to 20.5 inch so that should be ok (barely).

I read somewhere:
"If you choose a pack that's too long, you'll have a hard time getting your hips to help carry the load, which is a missed opportunity, big time. Those measurements were created for a reason, so heed them!"

That makes no sense to me; when you choose a pack that is too large for your torso size, you actually run a chance that you can't balance any weight on your shoulders right?
My aim is to put no weight at all on my shoulders and I'd guess a large fulfills that aim better than a medium?
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That would be correct. I don't know where you read that...but I agree. It makes no sense.

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Thanks for the head up guys, the waist provides plenty of space (anorexia is not on the horizon.. I think ;) and no shoulder touching is perfect for me.
I'm just going to take it with me and if I really don't happen to like it, I can probably still work something out.

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My aim is to put no weight at all on my shoulders...

Why? Weight distribution is your friend. It should be about a 65% hips, 35% shoulders distribution. With all the weight on your hips, your pack sways, and trust me, your upper buttocks begins to feel it after a couple of miles. Also, your sternum strap shouldn't be too tight, just enough to stop the sway of your pack.


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(Johan @ Sep. 28 2013, 11:40 pm)
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My aim is to put no weight at all on my shoulders...

Why? Weight distribution is your friend. It should be about a 65% hips, 35% shoulders distribution. With all the weight on your hips, your pack sways, and trust me, your upper buttocks begins to feel it after a couple of miles. Also, your sternum strap shouldn't be too tight, just enough to stop the sway of your pack.

I have no sway and my shoulder straps basically just keep my pack against my back and that is how I was fitted from a custom pack fitter. All of the weight sits on my illiac crest. I have found this to be much more comfortable than previous packs I wore (that were too small). No more raw shoulders for me...

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