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    "try and keep weight low in the pack" ?

    If I was just walking, I really wouldn't. I Don't like leaning forward, working harder and looking at the floor more then I have too!

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    Weight low so it's on the hip belt. Best place for it. Best for balance and stability.

    If you don't use the hip belt then however you like. You will have adopted your own way of balance and stability for thenuse. Whether that is efficient or not...

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    Why if weight is packed 'low' would you be "leaning forward"?

    If Physics apply, it's more likely to keep CoG around hip area, which is where you want it to be. When walking without a 'sack, that's also where it is/should be.

    You would have to have weight 'high' to need to be 'leaning forward'. As you would need to counteract the effect of gravity, it would be pulling backwards, as CoG is higher and futher 'out, therfore requiring you to lean forward, to stop you falling backwards.

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    You chaps crack me up

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    To keep Ed entertained

    It's all about the center of Gravity. You put a load on your back it moves your CoG. You have to counter balance this. It's easier to do if the load is high. Because you have lean forward to get your new CoG back over your feet. See diagrams (They arn't perfect but you get the idea.) And if you don't believe me, try it. One big pack 2l water bottles or six packs and something light like a pillow or two. A high load does make you more tippy but that doesn't really matter on normal paths.





    Red is the Load, Blue is your normal CoG and Green is your new.


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    My fixed modus operandie is quite simple and effective:

    Sleepingbag,UL mat and clothes go in a drybag and below in the rucksack. Then I stack heavy stuff like tent, food, burner, fuel, waterbladder on top of it against the back of the backpack. In front of this stack I put in pots and raingear for quick access. Useally when I put my backpack down it just keeps standing upright. this a good pointer for a good balanced rucksack. Because All weight on in placemight look nice for for instance uphill, it will then be a bitch down hill and vice versa.




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    The weight high is for big loads and a tall pack on a good trail. It's for big loads that you particularly want it over your CoM and that does indeed make for a better carry over a day.

    Pete.

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