Measure Your Torso Backpack

An ill-fitting backpack not only cause immediate discomfort but potentially leads to problems in the future, as aches and pains, bent backs and awkward shoulders. A properly fitted backpack helps relieve pain associated with badly distributed weight and ill-fitting belts. Get your torso measurement before shopping for a backpack. Your torso measurement helps to determine the right size backpack for your body.


  • Locate the seventh cervical vertebra. Tilt your head forward and have someone locate the bump that sits at the base of the neck.
  • Lay your hands on your hips. Place your hands so that your fingers crossed behind you, not in front of you.
  • Measure your spine. Does anyone use a cloth measuring tape and start measuring the bump at the base of the neck. Measure along the spine until you get to the thumb. The measurement taken is your torso length.
  • Find your proper backpack size. Most backpacks ranging in size from extra small to large. An extra little backpack fits torso sizes up to 15.5-inch. Small backpacks are indicated for torsos ranging from 16 inches to 17.5 inches. Medium backpacks are ideal for torsos that range from 18 inches to 19.5 inches and large backpacks are designed for torsos that are 20 inches or larger.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always try on your backpack so you’re comfortable wearing it. Look for features like comfortable straps and padding.
  • Never wear the backpack on one shoulder. Uneven weight distribution are contributing to poor posture and back pain.

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