So I bought a Gregory Advent Backpack and am now finding out the hardway that it is too small. I finally got what I believe is an accurate measurement of my torso length, 21". The backpack is only rated up to 19.5". What I don't understand is the largest size is only rated up to 21.5". I'm only 5'10, What the hell do 6'3 people buy. I was under the impression that a person of my stature should only be around 19". Anything weird here? I'm not too worried about it because I think it's going to fit my Wife just barely. Thanks for any insight.
Hey Trailrunner- You are correct, I did buy a Medium. It was on sale and the only size left. I was in a hurry and thought it would fit. Obviously I paid for my mistake.
I believe it's too small because it's riding on my shoulders. I did a approximately 2 mile hike with little weight and it was already hurting my shoulders. To be fair to the pack however, I did workout my shoulders in the weightroom the day before.
But again, I did measure my torso using from the designated instructions for various websites (gregory, REI). I measured 3 times, Got 21.5, 20, 20.
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Did you have someone else measure your torso length? I tried to do it myself three times and came out with three different measurements ranging from 16" to 17.5". Finally I got a friend to do it. Both she (with measuring tape) and the local REI store (with their pack measurement gizmo) came up with 15". REI has an excellent video on their website how to do the measuring and another one on how to adjust a pack.
And did you have your torso measured by someone else before you ordered the pack?
Your height has little relationship to your torso length. Some people have longer torsos and shorter legs, while with others it's the opposite. That's why the torso measurement is so critical, and is not something you should do yourself.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
You could get a pack without a hip belt. Or just not use it. I hardly ever use my hip belt. I used to think I would fall off the trail and perish without a hip belt until I quit using it and now I never notice its there. Then you could use any pack you wanted-I think.