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Using Your WE Daypack

A few notes to help you get the most from your WE daypack.......

Classic Canvas Daypacks

Our range of classic canvas daypacks feature simple, carefully contoured shoulder harnesses. Adjust their straps so the pack hangs comfortably on your back, not so high that the harness pulls back on the shoulders, and not so low that the pack swings as you move.

They are all equipped with waist stabilisation straps. These are useful if you ride, run or ski. If you never make use of these straps they can be easily removed by unthreading their ends from the 3-bar slide buckles. These buckles also serve as adjustment points. If you find the standard waist straps too short, extra-long ones are available on request. Removing unused straps will reduce the snag hazard.

Most of our body contact panels are now fitted with closed-cell-foam-padded frame sheets, located in zipped pockets, inside the pack bags. Most frame sheets have a thin aluminium centre (spine) bar and this should be formed to a comfortable profile that suits your back. You can also use the frame sheet pockets for concealed document storage.

Active-Technical Daypacks

Our range of active-technical daypacks all use the 'mini' version of our Synchro-FORM hip harness system. They hip load and are therefore available in a range of back sizes. For details, go back to the product page and into the link that describes the Synchro-FORM system. Adjustment tips are provided on the Using Your WE Backpack page, accessible from the big pack model pages.

On the Big Day Out, Slingshot and Control Freak models the side stabiliser straps on the hip wings are forked and designed to also pass over and stabilise water bottles carried in the side pouches. To make use of this feature be sure to insert the bottle behind the strap system. The hip wing main closure straps are also arranged so that small pouches can be fitted to them. These are part of the Control Freak product definition.

All our active-technical daypacks are provided with a yoke-type shoulder harness, equipped with top stabiliser straps. This design has the flexibility to comfortably accomodate a wide range of upper back profiles, even when the pack is loaded to capacity. The sharply curved shoulder harness arms are designed to always be used in conjunction with the chest strap. The main shoulder harness adjustment straps do not run to the bottom corners of the harness panel but pass across the bag's lower side panels giving some compression and stability to the pack. Once you have mounted the pack on your hips, tune-up all the shoulder harness adjustment straps to optimise comfort and stability.

The yoke-type shoulder harnesses used on the active-technical rang extend down into carefully-shaped pads for the upper-back contact area. To optimise carrying and ventilation comfort please carefully follow the instructions for loading your pack, provided below.

Loading Your Daypack

Any soft bag crammed full of gear will round-out into an uncomfortabe lump, best carried slung over one shoulder. The shape and comfort of your daypack is finally determined by how you pack it. The more you fill it up towards capacity the more critical the packing regime becomes.

Pack the bag so that it can conform to the contour of your back. This is best achieved by laying items in horizontally, rolled up first if appropriate, and pressing against the pack side panels, not fore-and-aft between the front and back panels. Vertically packed items work against the pack's ability to mold to the curve of your back, and follow changes to it as you bend and straighten up. Pack dense, heavy items low and close to your back. Make sure they can't move out of position. Use clothing to pad lumpy items that might cause discomfort if they rest against the harness panel and your back.

If your pack model is equipped with side compression straps use these to hold the load in an underfilled pack bag close to you back.

Some pack models have both vertical and horizontal internal pouches for water bladders. If your pack is a hip loading model it will have a horizontal bladder pouch low down inside the bag. In a daypack, this is by far the best place to carry your water bladder and it is worth purchasing a suitable bladder to make use of this facility.

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