[...] Almquist has easy access to any kind of gear he wants. [...] the comfort of a pack's shoulder straps and hipbelt are among the most important considerations, but thoughtful extras and handy accessories are worth mentioning. The hipbelt should rest on your hipbones, not your waist, and the shoulder straps should come within three or four inches of your armpit when cinched down tight.
GUY GEAR: BACKPACKS CARRYON! Here’s an Eagle Scout’s advice on picking the perfect pack. By Mark Anders “Backpacking lets you get away from the city and go to places that are magical and special,” says Eagle Scout Jon Almquist, who works for national outdoors retailer REI. “Not everybody can see those places. In order to get there you have to pay your dues a little bit. But if you do it right, getting there is half the fun.” Doing it right means having a backpack that ﬁts all your gear and, more important, ﬁts you. There are some tricks to pack shopping, so we asked Almquist to ﬁll you in. >>> Jon Almquist shows you how to ﬁt a backpack in an exclusive video blog at www.boyslife.org 26 BOYS’ LIFE F MAY 2009 THIS GUY’S GEAR Name: Jon Almquist CREDIT Job: Product line manager for REI Gear and Apparel Home: Seattle, Wash. Eagle Scout, Troop 360, Seattle J on Almquist started backpacking in grade school when his best friend’s parents let him tag along on family backcountry trips. He was hooked right away. And once he joined Scouting, Almquist jumped at the ample opportuni- ties to get outdoors. After college he began working as a kayak instructor and river guide, then became the lead gear buyer for an outﬁtters paddling shop. Eventually he landed a gig at Cascade Designs (makers of Therm-a-rest and MSR gear) and then scored a dream job working at REI headquarters. Naturally, Almquist has easy access to any kind of gear he wants. This is the stuff he brings on the trail: < Osprey Crescent (No longer available; www.boyslife.org/links/ ospreypacks) “This is my big backpack.
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