I would like to do longer backpacking with heavier backpack but have problems with neck, shoulders. I am okay with light, daypacking but have old injuries in neck and shoulders that usually send painful spasms with anything heavy. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Dont care how stupid it looks. currently thinking of bubble wrap shoulder pads football style? I jes wanna goooooooo!!!!
Most good quality packs these days have a weight belt on them. If you use them they will help take a good deal of the weight off your shoulders, just make sure the belt is fastened snugly around your waist. If your shoulders are still being bothered you can buy gel pads to use in between your shoulders and the shoulder straps. They are much like the gelled insoles you can get for shoes these days but a bit bigger. I use them in my shoes, but have never tried them for anything else, so I cannot tell you how effective they are for other stuff, but they are great for shoes.
Yeah...it's called "Go Light"!
When I started backpacking a few years back, my pack weighed 60lbs, my boots weighed 2lbs each and I didn't plan well.
You should look up "ultra-light" backpacking and learn how to hike with 20 lbs or less as your base weight.
And if the trail conditions permit, you should definitely consider running shoes over heavy boots (the pain from boots is intolerable).
The difference between a 1lb running shoe and a 2lb boot is HUGE over the course of 20 miles. (If you do the math, you're lifting thousands and thousands of extra pounds)
Going let is the best in my opinion...that, and work out before you start hiking.
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