The key part that Balance plays in load carrying efficiency has been revealed by biomechanics - the study of the muscular, joint and skeletal actions of the body involved in load carrying. It is essential to use biomechanics to optimise performance and prevent injury. It's the key to designing a load carrying system with minimal impact on the body. It's one of the key things we considered when designing the best hiking and travel daypack collection for Aarn Packs.
Sports Science research needs to be used when creating both large and small hiking daypacks to verify the success of the load carrying system. Research comparing different shapes, harnesses and frame systems of various backpacks and different backpack brands has found no significant differences in energy consumption. This is why you do not see any backpack manufacturers quoting Sports Science benefits in advertising their products. There is research comparing backpacks with traditional load carrying systems such as tumplines and head supported loads.
This research has found that the traditional methods often require significantly less energy to carry the same amount of weight! Clearly, alternative methods of load carrying to back-packs need to be investigated. The urgency of the need for a superior method of load carrying is highlighted by the disturbing growth of backpack related back problems in school children (subject to worldwide research). Clearly something is wrong with the backpack way of load carrying and we need a better packable day pack that distributes weight evenly and requires less energy to carry. Before Aarn Bodypacks became available it was hard to choose between different backpack brands and models. Now you can buy the best travel daypack on our website that considers the research and uses it to create a superior load carrying system. Here’s how to evaluate the energy differences and pull back force on the shoulders of different backpacks at a glance.