Why we make packs for women?


Greg Lowe created the first ever women's fit packs in the 1970's, he named them the ND range. In creating these packs we started a movement in the backpacking world to acknowledge that women are hikers, mountaineers and climbers and they deserve to have the kit that fits.

Since then we've been continually developing our women's packs to ensure that they perfectly accommodate the physiological and anatomical demands of the female backpacker. We've got 40 years of industry-leading research and an exhaustive programme of field testing under our belt. This has culminated in a range of women-specific backpacks that are unparalleled in terms of quality, design and comfort.

Already know what you're after? Shop our women's MountainBackpackingHiking packs today and get yourself the perfect fit. Or follow the links below to learn more about what makes our women's packs stand out.


To understand how our ND backpacks differ from our regular fit you can look at four key areas: back length, hip belt, shoulder straps and load distribution.

How we accommodate these differing user needs of female backpackers depends on the size of the pack, and the load it is intended to carry. You can expect to see all of the above differences throughout our ND Backpacking packs and on our wider range of ND packs where appropriate.

BACK LENGTH - Women often have a shorter back length (torso) than men, and this is reflected in the back system. This also means our ND fit packs are often a great fit for teenagers too. To learn more about back length click here


HIPBELT - The hipbelt to shoulder ratio is adapted to fit the ratio of the average woman.


SHOULDER STRAPS - Shoulder straps on the ND packs are shorter, to coincide with the back length. They also have a slightly different shape to accommodate women's breasts.


LOAD DISTRIBUTION - Men and women, generally, prefer to carry loads in different ways. Women prefer the weight lower on the back, we have designed our packs with this in mind. The ND fit packs are shorter, wider, and deeper than the men's version. This difference is most prominent in larger backpacks.



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