Re: Good advice for bad backs
I've used the MR 3DAP. I can say with full confidence that across the line, Kifaru's approach is VASTLY superior from a back health perspective.
With any good pack, the key to getting the load off your back and shoulders is CORRECT use of the hip belt.
One advantage of the X-Ray is the simplicity of the shoulder straps. I have a long-ish torso and haven't had issues employing the hip belt when I have used it. The pack may sit lower than you think it should aesthetically, but it will feel fine. Given your past challenges low may be good.
With Kifaru packs (and quality packs in general), you have to pay more attention to the configuration of the suspension--and do a bit of experimentation when you're figuring things out. Payoff is more efficiency and in the long run more comfort once you've dialed everything in.
Last edited by straps; 03-19-2012 at 01:25 PM.
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