Pack Pointers


When you pick up a loaded pack, always do so by grabbing the "haul loop" on top of the pack or pick it up by grabbing both shoulder straps. Never carry or grab a pack by one shoulder strap.
Don't over-tighten the compression straps, these straps are meant to stabilize a load once it is packed, not to hold it in place.
Take care of zippers. Clean them often and lubricate occasionally with a silicone spray. Keep frayed fabric trimmed back around all openings so it doesn't get caught in your zippers.
Keep the all buckles and shoulder strap buckles fastened when you are not wearing the pack. This prevents them from getting stepped on and broken.
Inspect stress points before each trip. Check along shoulder straps, compression straps, and the hip belt (it is not a waist belt, all MPI Outdoors backpacks are meant to be worn low and secured across your hips, not on your waist). Make any necessary repairs before going into the field by using a strong upholstery thread and a heavy-duty needle.
Always pack smart. Don't let pointed objects like stoves, tree pegs, knives or other objects create cuts or weak spots in the fabric. Wrap these items inside of clothing or inside smaller pouches.
Don't overload a pack. This could cause harm and discomfort to your back. Most hunting daypacks are just that, packs for one-day use. Daypacks are meant to carry extra clothing, calls, some ammo, trail gear and possibly some food for lunch. Do not try to pack for a weekend trip in what is classified as a "day"-pack, use a duffel bag for any extended trip or heavy gear.
Distribute the load weight in a fanny pack carefully and evenly so as not to add any imbalance to yourself on the trail. Remember to carry the weight of the pack as low on your hips as is comfortable, keeping the weight off the small of your back, but centered on your body frame.
When you go out to buy a new pack, remember that you most likely will be wearing a heavy jacket when hunting season opens. Look for extra long webbing on the shoulder belt adjustments and also on the hip belt. ALL MPI Outdoors hunting packs are engineered with extra length shoulder strap adjustments and 26 inches of webbing on "each" side of the hip buckle.
Spot clean your pack regularly with a soft brush and a mild soap and water solution. Never use harsh laundry detergents. This is a good time to inspect for abrasions, tears and loose threads. Open up all compartments and air your pack out before storing it away for the next season. To prevent mold and/or mildew never store a pack that is wet or damp.

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