How to Choose a Lumbar Pack

How to Choose a Lumbar PackLumbar packs are high-capacity fanny packs that let you carry your gear on your hips, keeping your shoulders and back cool. The pack attaches to a hip belt similar to a backpack belt. They are designed for a snug fit and tend to shift less than other packs, according to online resource Mountain Survival. Lumbar packs carry small loads for trail runs, day hikes and travel.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Decide if you want to carry water in your pack. If you want to carry water, decide how much you'll need. Some lumbar packs come with one or two water-bottle holders. Others come with a hydration bladder. Some lumbar packs may be big enough to hold a water bottle, but don't come with a specific hydration compartment.
Step 2
Know what you need to carry to narrow the choice of lumbar pack to a specific size. Some packs may only have enough room for water and keys while another will have space to carry emergency gear the the entire scout troop. If you know you'll only use your pack for trail runs, a small pack may suffice. If you need to carry gear for your kids and the dog, look for a lumbar pack with a larger carrying capacity.
Step 3
Try on lumbar packs before you make your decision. While finding the right fit for a lumbar pack may not be as hard as finding the perfect backpack, trying on your pack can narrow down your choices as each waist belt feels different. Weight the pack before putting in on to mimic what your pack will feel like on the trail.

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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