A tumpline helps carry weight more efficiently by transferring weight off your shoulders and directly down your spine to your legs.
Voyageurs carried fur bales using only a tumpline. A fur bale weighed 90lbs.
The fit is quickly adjusted by pulling forward on the straps. This system is not unique. We first saw this design used by Taylor Statten Camps 35 years ago.
**Modern canoeists are not Voyageurs. Our neck muscles are not used as they once were.
We suggest using a tumpline as an aid, along with shoulder straps and a hip belt. Be aware that your neck is fragile, and you are on a portage with varying terrain. Stay within your comfort zone and experiment with what works for you. Be safe.