|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – March 2008
Measure your torso in 5 easy steps and guarantee a perfect fit with your next pack
1 Enlist a friend Unless you're a contortionist, you can't do this alone.
2 Roll the tape You'll need a soft tape measure that can follow the curve of your spine.
3 Tuck in your chin Tilt it down so the C7 vertebra at the base of your neck protrudes. This knob marks the top of your torso measurement.
4 Grab your love handles Then use your thumbs to feel for your iliac crests–the tops of your hipbones. Draw an imaginary horizontal line across your back between your thumbs; where this line crosses your spine is the bottom of your torso measurement.
5 Take the measure Have your friend drape the tape from top to bottom (C7 to the point on your spine). Most adults have a torso length between 16 and 22 inches.