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Back Care

Marathon’s Ergonomic Backpacks Love your Back

At Marathon we have been making backpacks for 30 years and we have put all that experience into developing our bags to ensure they love your back.

We are passionate about back care especially in children. We have worked with leading back care professionals to develop a range of bags which help prevent the damage caused by carrying heavy weights incorrectly.

Our Golden Rules to follow for better backs

  1. Choose an ergonomic backpack
  2. Fit it correctly - see our tips below on how to choose the correct size
  3. Pack it correctly 
  4. Wear it on both shoulders  
  5. Limit the weight you carry 

These rules are especially the case for children and their school bags, did you know:

Children should not carry more than 10% of their body weight

"1 in 4 children in the UK experience regular or daily back pain"  BackCare UK - The charity which promotes good backcare

 

Is the backpack the correct size?
  • The bag needs to be the correct size for your height.
  • The backpack should be no higher than the height of the user’s trunk.
  • Sit the user on a firm surface and measure between the base of the spine and the top of the shoulder.
  • Choose a backpack which is the correct height to fit.
  • Once fitted the adjust the straps to lift the backpack as high on the shoulders as possible.
How to pack your backpack
How to pack your backpack
  • Pack the heaviest Items against your spine at the back of the bag
  • Pack midweight objects in the middle section
  • Pack the lightest objects in the front
  • Always wear the backpack over two shoulders
  • Repack your bag daily - only carry the items you need for the day
  • Adjust the straps and don't let your backpack hang below your hips or pull away from your body.
 How to wear your backpack
  • Ensure all zips are closed.
  • Wear both shoulder straps at all times.
  • Pull down on shoulder straps adjustments until the load is sitting on your hips (not below).
  • Adjust the load compression straps tightly every time, to pull the weight closer to your spine.
  • Fasten waist belt to secure the load and assist the dispersion of weight between the shoulders and hips. Important when walking long distances.