Anatomical differences Do make a difference!

Namche Bazaar – photo coutesy of Cameron McNeish

It’s not often (well, never really) that I’ve let a male shop assistant get his hands anywhere near my boobs, but last weekend I let the very helpful Greg do just that. At least I think his name was Greg, it definitely began with G.

Now, before you all start thinking I’m getting desperate or something, let me point out that it was all in the name of research. Research of the trekking variety – this time I was checking out day packs for my upcoming trek in the Himalayas. I’m not sure whether it was the excitement of being in the midst of all this wonderful gear, that up to a few weeks ago I had been completely unaware of, the suitability of the particular day pack in question or the excellent salesman, but I walked out of the shop with my very own Deuter SL daypack. It did help that there was an impressive reduced sale price attached to the purchase.

Having never been in the market for such stuff before I’ve had to rely on advice about what I’m going to need. The lovely Learna from World Expeditions has given me a few pointers about what to look for and the aforementioned Greg (?) at Mountain Design in Joondalup was an absolute fount of knowledge.

This is not something you can go into blind. Let’s face it, if you get an ill fitting pack you could end up with chaffed nipples – and you wouldn’t want that, would you? My day pack is designed specifically for women, we have shorter backs you know, and the sternum strap (which is where Greg came in, needing to fasten this said strap across the boob area) is designed to help reduce pressure points in the chest area. The info that came with it states that ‘A team of female outdoor sports specialists has taken a long hard look at the anatomical differences between men and women rucksack users.’ Wonder where I can apply for that job.

Ok, moving right along, away from what could happen if I got the wrong one to the fact that, apart from fitting well, the Deuter SL has lots of lovely compartments designed for storing all the necessary bits n pieces, a bottom compartment and an extendable lid. I could go on but I’m thinking you’re probably starting to lose interest.

Now, I just need to put some weight in it and practice walking with it. Do you think it’ll look odd if I start hiking through the streets with it on?

10 thoughts on “Anatomical differences Do make a difference!

  1. My daughter did a similar trek a couple of years ago. I think she would also recommend as little weight as possible in the backpack and plenty of practice walking up and down hills with boots and backpack on. She love it and got some great photos – I’m sure you’ll have a great time too.

  2. Put on your backpack and start walking! Besides, if it looks weird, people might ask you about what you’re doing and then you can tell them all about the trip you have planned.
    It’s been a long time since I’ve been felt up by a salesperson. Perhaps I need to make a trip to the backpack store 😉

  3. I agree with the other comments – put on the pack and your hiking boots and go everywhere. I used to walk through town, buy groceries, and haul them home in my pack. I have to say that almost nothing will prepare you for the difficult trek, but it sure doesn’t hurt to get used to your equipment and make sure that nothing rubs or hurts. I worked out like a dog before our trek, including hiking at 9000 ft, and I found that simply going up steps every day – as many as possible – is probably the best training. Add weight to your pack and go up steps, sometimes two at a time. That will help so much. Have a great trek – it is an experience of a lifetime! I wish you a wonderful time.

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