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So I recently retired my Gregory Z65 (M) for a Kelty 110 for a rather long trip I'm planning on taking soon. I got the backpack today and everything is fantastic. Until I read the little card that goes over fitting. Now I'm concerned the backpack is slightly too big. The shoulder straps are not flush against my back.

I've been backpacking for about 2 years now with the Gregory, it had the same thing... Did I screw up in the beginning (being a total noob) with torso sizing? I'm 5'5". I just went off my old torso size when ordering.. Everything else fits fine, am I in the clear or do I have to go through the stinking RMA process and struggle to find a large backpack in my price range that is a different size?

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Resolved! I'm gonna bite the bullet and do this right, I'll have to settle with a Kelty 90. I'll just be wiser with my packing I suppose!
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You are not a large in that particular model. Height has nothing to do with it. Torso length is what you should be measuring.

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You are not a large in that particular model. Height has nothing to do with it. Torso length is what you should be measuring.

+1.  Google various videos on "how to measure torso size", and measure it yourself.  Or have someone help you.  Then find a pack that fits it well in the correct size.  "S, M, L" have nothing to do with pack size (as in, "I need a large pack for all my stuff"), those sizes refer to the torso lengths.  One can get a really big "S" pack or a huge "L" pack.

But yeah, that pack frame is too long for you, whichever size it is.  You might be able to use it anyway, but it isn't an optimal fit.  If you can still return it and exchange it for another, I would.

ETA:  Here's a shot of my custom-made pack, loaded with about ~65 lbs a few years ago.  It was made specifically for me and fits spectacularly.  The shoulder straps wrap gently around the top of my shoulders without going halfway down my back, and the load-lifters angle from the top of the frame at about 45 degrees or so.  Just for reference.



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Thjs is a perfect case for getting a pack adjusted by an outfitter even if you don't ultimately buy from that store. It saves a lot of troubles on the trail.  :)

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+1 to comments above.

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I just went off my old torso size when ordering.. Everything else fits fine, am I in the clear or do I have to go through the stinking RMA process and struggle to find a large backpack in my price range that is a different size?


It definitely doesn't fit fine - those straps are sitting about 2-3 inches too high. Your torso clearly wasn't measured correctly to begin with. It needs to be measured from the C7 vertebra to the Illiac crest - not your "front" hip bone but the actual top of the hip bone.

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-torso-hip-size.html

Height gives a general sense of torso length but can vary a lot. I'm 5'8" and wear a small (16") whereas my buddy who is 5'9" wears a large (19").

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