Tuning your Trekker’s Friend for best performance

Once you are familiar with setting up your Trekker’s Friend you might want to check over this page to tune it to give you the most advantages. While it is a simple device, there are many possible ways to adjust and use it.

Take the weight off

The most important aspect of the Trekker’s Friend is its ability to take the load of your backpack off your body. You can maximise this by using the daypack to balance the load of your backpack. You do this by:

  • Putting small heavy items in the daypack and in the bottom of your backpack, and lighter items towards the top of your backpack
  • Moving the daypack down towards the axle (only possible in version 3.3 and later).

If you put too much weight in the daypack it can take the weight off your body completely. While this sounds good, it actually makes the load difficult to manage. It is best to balance your load so that you have 2-4 kg on your body.

Tops of the poles

The best height for the trekking pole grips seems to be at the height of the palms of your hands. This means you can easily grasp the trekking pole handles if you want to, for example to steady it when going down a steep slope.

You can adjust this with:

  • Your shoulder straps, and
  • The straps on your trekking poles.

Shoulder straps

The cord that ties the shoulder straps together can be moved up and down the shoulder straps using the ladder arrangement. Choose a spot for it so that it prevents the shoulder straps from falling off your shoulders when they are fairly loose.

This allows you to put the weight on the waist belt and loosen the shoulder straps.

Weight placement

Experiment with configurations of the waist belt and shoulder straps. Sometimes have all the weight on the waist belt and loosen the shoulder straps or even remove them completely; sometimes have all the weight on the shoulder straps and loosen or undo the waist belt completely, as shown.


Finally, don’t forget to maintain your Trekker’s Friend as described here!