I have a 60 liter K-way backpack but the strap that goes around my middle is too big. I made it as small as it could go but it keeps on slipping down to under my hips. My upper body is also too short for its length - it’s very uncomfortable! Can anyone maybe recommend a backpack suitable for smaller women? A 50 liter pack might be better as I have to start preparing for the Otter trail. Thank you!
I’ve heard a couple of ladies rave about the Osprey Ariel AG 50. It’s quite a bit more expensive than K-Way packs, but it’ll probably be the last pack you’ll ever need - they have a lifetime guarantee, even on wear and tear.
A very rough rule of thumb is to aim for a pack that’s as big in Litres as you weigh in kg.
I am about 62kg and for 5 day hikes a 65L is perfect.
Then my best advice would be to go to the shop and try on the packs. Ask the assistant if you can load some items into it as well, so you can feel how it fits when you are carrying weight, as then you will feel the pressure points better.
Look at adjustability for back length and around your waist, as everybody’s shape is unique.
Hope this helps!
Happy shopping and enjoy the Otter!
Must agree with Arno on the Osprey here. My wife has bought an Osprey Aura 50 AG and the fit and comfort is amazing. Pricey but they have a great reputation. You also but it by size so it makes the fit that much better. This specific one comes in XS, S and M.
I have a Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 which I bought from cape union mart. I am very short and found that this backpack fitted the best. its not bulky and still had all the space needed. I did the Otter trail and the Fishriver canyon & the odd day hike with my back pack and I really love it. it is very comfortable.
Here’s the specs of the bag: https://www.deuter.com/CL/en/trekking/act-lite-40-plus-10-3340115-grey-red.html
My bag is the one on the far right.
I also have an Osprey and I love it. They have packs specifically for ladies. Different sizes as well for length. Very comfortable
Thank you Arno! It will cost me half my liver but I’m sure it’s worth it, especially if I make a point of using it as often as possible.
Thank you Bren! I should definitely do fittings. Maybe a small person should climb in and let me carry them around
Thank you @Douweg Seems Osprey have solved the problem for women. @Mignon I will definitely look into the Deuter backpack. I will also just have to travel as light as possible. Thank you @Elsabe. Where did you buy your bag? Seems not a lot of stores sell them. Thank you for the responses! If anyone know of a pre-loved ladies size backpack that anyone would like to sell, then it will be fab. Thanks!
I bought my Osprey at the hiking shop in Stellenbosch, not sure about the name. Also looked at some at Drifters, Cape town. Google the bag and see who distributes them.
I am also a small woman, 156cm…very short.
I have 2 x Ospreys. 1 x Osprey Tempest 30L & 1 x Osprey Viva 50L and I absolutly love them. They are light, super breathable and adjustable. Ospreys service is amazing and they have a lifetime guarentee as far as I know. My first 12,5km hike with a 11kg bag was so super comfy I coudnt believe it. No shafing at all. I bought mine from Futurama. Heres the links.
Here is the link for exact sizing:
Osprey is a stunning pack.
With a 65L small, I hiked in Patagonia for 41days full pack (tent included) no problems.
I am 164cm
So… since 2018 I’ve borrowed a friend’s backpack (Deuter 40 +10 liter) that worked well for all the hikes I went on (adjustable and well worn in ). Trying to find my forever backpack proved a bit difficult as price is the pain point. There are also not secondhand options available I could find.
But I’ve spoken to Chris Wise from Freedom Ultralight backpacks two weekends ago and it seems that he’s got the solution. He makes backpacks (yes! all by himself and they are so neat!) according to your measurements and these backpacks are super light and half the price of the Gregory pack I was eyeing. Being an ultra light backpack, there are no fancy zips and pockets everywhere, but he showed me how he packs and I believe my hiking life has changed forever So next month I will order my custom pack and will let you know how it goes!