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When backpacking, do you want to pack heavy stuff on top or on bottom of pack?

Should you pack the heavy things on top, bottom or distribute evenly in a backpack?

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Here's the Weight Distribution that REI recommends when loading a Backpack:

• Always put your heaviest items close to your back, centered between your shoulder blades.

• For on-trail travel, place heavy items a bit higher inside your pack. This helps focus more of the weight over your hips, the area of your body best equipped to carry a heavy load.

• For off-trail travel, place heavy items a bit lower in the main compartment. This lowers your center of gravity and increases your stability on uneven terrain.

• You are the ultimate judge of comfort. Experiment with different load arrangements to determine what feels best to you.

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