Women's Backpacks Fit & Size Guide
We’re proud to have some of the best fitting backpacks for women in the world, developed through decades of research & development.
One size does not fit all
Lowe Alpine pioneered the first ever women’s fit backpacks in the 1970s when Greg Lowe realised there was a need for a range of technical packs designed to fit women’s bodies much better than the unisex packs available at the time.
Since then, we’ve continued to innovate. Our passion for the outdoors drives us to keep striding forward, challenging perceptions and pushing the boundaries of backpack innovation. We’re not afraid to tread a different path to ensure our women’s backpacks deliver incredible freedom of movement with a stable and comfortable carry, ultimately helping more women to get moving.
“I would always advise women looking for a trekking, backpacking or hiking pack to choose women’s specific fit over a regular/men’s pack. Lowe Alpine’s women’s ND lumbar fit takes into account differences in back length, hip structure and torso shape. When you’re carrying a heavy load or moving across tricky terrain, a pack that fits your body and moves with you will give the most comfortable carry and will help you to get the most out of your trip.”
What is the lumbar?
More commonly known as the lower back, the lumbar consists of five vertebrae between the rib cage and the pelvis. The lumbar helps to support the weight of the body and is important for freedom of movement.
The best fitting women’s backpacks based on research
Our latest innovation is ND lumbar fit, which was the result of a three-year research project carried out by several universities commissioned by Lowe Alpine. The project looked extensively at the role of the lumbar pad and hip belt for comfortable load carrying in women.
The research showed that the key difference in men’s and women’s fit is the relationship between the hip belt and the lumbar: the centre of the lumbar in women is higher than in men due to women’s hip structures. This research and extensive field testing informed a new design direction for Lowe Alpine’s women’s specific backpacks to give the most comfortable, supportive and stable carry.
What’s different about Lowe Alpine women’s fit?
Shorter back length: Women have a shorter torso than men which is reflected in the sizing of our ND packs.
Adjustable back length: On ND packs, adjustable back lengths range between 36 and 50 cm, so you can customise the pack to fit your frame.
Female fit hip belt shape and length: The hip belt on ND packs has an adapted shape and length to fit the average woman.
Shoulder strap shape and length: Customised shoulder straps on our ND packs factor in shorted back lengths and allow for a comfortable fit around women’s breasts.
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Lowe Alpine released the first ever women’s specific fit pack named the Nanda Devi (ND) range in tribute to Nanda Devi Unsoeld, an American mountaineer who tragically lost her life trying to climb the Indian mountain that shared her name. More than 40 years later, our women’s fit packs are still named ND after Nanda Devi.