Hi HPG Community,
I bought a Qui-Ya w/ prairie belt a few months ago. I bought it for the purpose of hiking and CO archery elk hunting in the fall. I really love the thought, design, and quality that went in this pack, and I have used packs from Mystery Ranch, Kifaru, and Stone Glacier. This pack easily stands with the best of them.
However, I can't seem to get the fit dialed 100%. I have watched all the videos, adjusted the stays, and played with the harness. I feel that every time I get one part of it right, another part gets pulled out of whack. I have an 18-mile ruck march coming up in Castle Rock on Memorial Day, so it is imperative that I get this thing dialed in.
I'm roughly 5'8" and 170 pounds. Like I stated above, I have bent the stays and tried to get them to match the curvature of my back. What I seem to keep ending up with is not enough of the pack in my lumbar and too much of the pack rubbing my shoulder blades. The U-harness also seems to stay too close to the nape of my neck, never dropping down comfortably on my shoulders. The pack also seems to ride a bit low with weight (30-50 pound training weight) even with the load lifters fully engaged.
That may seem like a lot of issues, but it's actually amazing how comfortable it is in spite of those things. However, I know I'm not doing something right. If anyone has any advice or tweaks they have done, I would greatly appreciate hearing them!!
All the best,