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Fitting & Sizing Instructions

A “one-size fits all” pack fits very few people well and will wear you down on a portage.

All our packs are custom fit to you, regardless of your body shape and size. Our hip belts and shoulder straps are interchangeable and fit all genders. 

A well-fitting pack reduces fatigue and helps keep you stable on rough terrain.

So spend a few minutes taking your measurements and selecting the best size.

Reach out if you have questions.

Measurement Instructions

Take the following measurements with a soft measuring tape.

Then select your sizes from the Sizing Charts.

Back Length: distance along the spine from where the shoulders meet the neck (“X” marks this prominent bump / C-7 vertebra) to the point level with your iliac crest (“X” marks this prominent bone on the side of the body just below the waist)

Waist: distance around the body at the top of the iliac crest

Hips: distance around the body 3” below the top of the iliac crest

Chest: distance around the body level with the armpits

 

 

Frame / Torso Size

(Select for Wabakimi internal frame  and Winisk frameless pack.)

If your measurements are between sizes, please go up in size.

Example: If your torso measurement is 18.5”/43cm, then move up from Small to Medium.

Size  Back Length (see skeleton)
SMALL 17”-18” (42-45cm)
MEDIUM 19”-20” (47.5-50cm)
LARGE 21”-22” (52.5-55cm)

 

Shoulder Strap Size

(Select for all canoe packs and the barrel harness.)

Our shoulder straps are S-Shaped and comfortable for all genders.

If your measurements are between sizes, please go up in size.

Example: If your chest measurement is 36”/91cm, then move up from Small to Medium.

Size  Chest Measurement (at armpits)
SMALL 30”-36” (76-91cm)
MEDIUM 36”-42” (91-107cm)
LARGE 42”-48” (107-122cm)
X-LARGE 48”-52” (122-132cm)

 

Hip Belt Size

(Select for all canoe packs and the barrel harness.)

Our hip belt fits all genders.

If your measurements are between sizes, please go up in size.

Example: If your hip measurement is 32”/81cm, then move up from Small to Medium.

Size  Hip Measurement (3" below iliac crest)
SMALL 26”-32” (66-81cm)
MEDIUM 32”-39” (81-99cm)
LARGE 39”-46” (99-117cm)
X-LARGE 46”+ (117+cm)

 Reach out with questions if:

  • your measurements don’t fall within these ranges,
  • your pack needs to fit more than 1 person, or
  • you will be carrying a canoe with your pack.