Jun 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm #1290662
Ok so Im new to the site and new to backpacking. Ive gone out a handful of times building up slowly to longer hikes with my new pack. Overall I felt great carrying the weight and it felt like it was resting at the hips but I was getting alot of soreness on my collar bone. I think the fit is right but I have no prior pack experience to go off of. What could be the cause of this? And also any suggestions on a fix for this? Thanks for the help!Jun 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm #1883681
Ken T.BPL Member
Any chance that you could post a photo of the pack being worn? Any more details would help. Type of pack, weight carried, etc…Jun 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #1883683
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Soreness of your collarbone implies some pressure on it. Tighten &/or raise the hipbelt and loosen the straps / load lifters.
Also, +1 to posting pics of you wearing it and I bet we can help.Jun 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm #1883686
I use a Gregory Z55 with approx 25-30 lbs packed. I didnt have a chance to weigh the final pack before I left but I think that could be a good rough estimate. I dont have a picture of the pack on with any sort of weight in it. I could probably post one tomorrow.Jun 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm #1883698
Ben CBPL Member
I have had chafing there too. A sternum strap on your pack may help. It has helped me when I had that problemJun 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm #1883706
I do use the sternum strap on the pack. Maybe it needs to be adjusted along with the other straps. not sureJun 4, 2012 at 7:57 am #1883828
Five StarBPL Member
@mammomanLocale: NE AL
I actually get pain in my clavicles when I cinch the sternum strap down too tightly. I bet that may be your problem.Jun 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm #1883984
I think based on the replys ive gotten on here and some of the things ive read that I need to continue to work with the straps to adjust the weight properly. Thanks to everyone for your comments!Jun 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm #1884000
Mina LoomisBPL Member
@elmvineLocale: Central Texas
My husband has this. His collar bones are fairly prominent, and no amount of adjustment seems to alleviate the discomfort longer than a couple of days on the trail. He's tried several different packs. His base weight is about 15 lbs, highest pack weight with full supply of consumables and/or 2 days of water (we are in Texas) about 35. On trips he ends up stuffing his spare socks between the straps and his collarbones. This seems to work but it's a hassle because he's always having to re-settle the socks in the right place. For this summer's trip I am going to make pads from some old wool socks and sew them permanently around his shoulder straps.
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