Like boots, it's important to try out packs before buying as comfort really matters on a long trek. Be fussy because anything that registers as a faint niggle when you set out has a habit of turning into a major discomfort a few miles down the trail. 


 So if you are ordering online, it makes sense to check you are completely happy with the company's returns policy before you click the order button. 

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