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How much do your backpacks weigh?

sofronii

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
Hey all,

Simple question, to get a relative idea of what is 'the norm'.
I've read something like 10% of body weight. Let me know, so I have an idea what to aim for.

Regards,
Sophia
 

edandjoan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Gallen to Muxia
2012-2018
Mine is about 6.5 kg with water (I carry 1.2-2 liters of water) and my husband's is about 7.5 kg. with water.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Via Tolosana
Aim to take only the essentials and then weigh your pack...
I keep my pack at max. 5kg. ( Without water).
On my first camino it was because I was scared, not being used to hiking let alone carrying a rucksack. Now it's because I know it can be done, without any discomfort :)
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
We average about 5.5 kg. My wife's is 3.7 and mine about 7.5..... (Not incl food & water)

I get to haul the hairdryer and her spare clothes :rolleyes:

This includes 2 sleeping bags, 2 sets of clothes each, rain gear, hiking umbrellas etc etc.
 
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kelleymac

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
About 17-18 pounds.. so about 8kg. That weight is with water and food, and a down sleeping bag. I walked during the early Spring, so had warm clothes too. If I were going in Summer I could lighten it up with half the amount of clothes and a sleep sack. I weigh about 130 lbs (about 60 kg), so I am over the 10 percent -- I'm fine with 15 to 20 percent. There was a recent thread on the 10% idea. Do a search-- it was very interesting.
 

kelleymac

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Under 7kg so I can carry it on the plane.
Some airlines allow more weight as a carry on. Check your airline. Also, I put some clothes into a light weight bag on the top of my pack (pillow case) and that becomes my "purse" when I board the plane. On the plane it becomes my pillow. This also makes my pack a bit shorter so it can be a carry on.
 

camino07

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Can’t seem to get mine much under 10 kgs . Wish I could but I seem to need everything.
 

DowtyCamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-July (2014),
May-July (2017)
FSO (from skin out) 9.6kg
Max wt I'd have on my back (FSO - lightest set I'd ever wear walking) 7.5kg
Max wt on my back less 1.5l water 6.1kg

I also calculated what my true min I could expect to carry if I was to eliminate all non-essentials (i.e reduce to .75l water, no luxury items like phone, camera, journal, etc.) 4.8kg.
This was for a May/June Camino so no sleeping bag; just a liner.

No food included.

All the best.
Mark
 
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davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Hey all,

Simple question, to get a relative idea of what is 'the norm'.
I've read something like 10% of body weight. Let me know, so I have an idea what to aim for.

Regards,
Sophia
4.4 kg (9.75 pounds)

Ounces equal pounds, pounds equal pain. :)
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
I had about 4kg before the 3 liters of water that I carried (I did the Primitivo and needed to carry more water). I carried all my own gear. My husband probably had closer to 7kg. (before water) because his clothes are heavier and he chose to carry a larger first aid kit and cook kit. This weight was just fine for us. Wasn't at all heavy considering what we usually carry on thru hikes. We split the food that we carried for our lunches which was probably another 1/2 kilo (bread, jamon, cheese, chocolate bar).
Everybody's abilities and experiences are different. Some people just can't walk long distances with more than 4 kg and others are fine with 10kg. Carry what you really need (not just think you need) and what is within your ability to carry without getting injured. 10-15 % of your IDEAL body weight is a good goal.
 
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CdnDreamer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2015 & 2018) San Salvador (2018)
Lighter is better for me, but some people can carry more than others (@alaskadiver ). I don't notice the pack on my back if it is under 10 pounds, but once it reaches 15 pounds I am miserable. My joints ache from the extra 5 pounds. I weigh everything and have to make compromises so I can enjoy the camino. Most days I carry minimal water and snacks - I just stop at every bar and café along the camino.
 

celinehenriette

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Zwolle - Rome 2013
Jacobsweg Austria 2018
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Portugues 2018
Finisterre 2018
I'm so jealous of all the lightweight packs! I have to bring my camp stuff so my pack weighs 11.5 kg (including food and water). Hopefully when I get to Spain I can send my tent, sleeping mat and cooking stuff.
 

grayland

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes
A liter of water weighs 1kg = 2.2 lbs. Those who say they carry 2 liters of water are carrying 4.4 pounds in water alone. I hope you really need all that water with you....even on the Primitivo there are refill opportunities at reasonable distances...with few exceptions.
So..if you posted that your pack weighs 6kg with 2 liters of water (2kg) that means the pack itself and everything but the water only weighs 4kg. That is careful packing.
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
I'm so jealous of all the lightweight packs! I have to bring my camp stuff so my pack weighs 11.5 kg (including food and water). Hopefully when I get to Spain I can send my tent, sleeping mat and cooking stuff.
That is around what my total pack weight is when I am carrying an 8 day food and fuel load and gear when I am backpacking in the wild, so yours is not a bad weight if you are camping out while hiking.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Via Tolosana
I'm so jealous of all the lightweight packs! I have to bring my camp stuff so my pack weighs 11.5 kg (including food and water). Hopefully when I get to Spain I can send my tent, sleeping mat and cooking stuff.
Yes you can, you won't need it in Spain. When I sent my camping stuff home, I was skipping along! :)
 

grayland

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes
If you post your packing list we can help you determine what you might not need.
I think camino07 said that ..."Wish I could but I seem to need everything..."
He may not want us snooping around in his pack....looks like a pretty experienced pilgrim. :)
 

tomnorth

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2020)
10 kg including water and my Nikon D800 camera with lens. 8.6 kg without the Nikon.
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
We average about 5.5 kg. My wife's is 3.7 and mine about 7.5.....

I get to haul the hairdryer and her spare clothes :rolleyes:

This includes 2 sleeping bags, 2 sets of clothes each, rain gear, hiking umbrellas etc etc.
I keep telling you you're a "gem", Robo! ;)
 

DowtyCamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-July (2014),
May-July (2017)
My problem isn’t my FSO weight, it’s my FSI weight!
I know you were joking, but it is something that alot of people don't consider. They will worry about a gram here and there and spend all kinds of money to save that last milligram of weight when, for some, there are kg's resting comfortably all around them...literally!
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
We average about 5.5 kg. My wife's is 3.7 and mine about 7.5.....

I get to haul the hairdryer and her spare clothes :rolleyes:

This includes 2 sleeping bags, 2 sets of clothes each, rain gear, hiking umbrellas etc etc.
Is the "etcetera" your new rice cooker? ;)
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I just assembled my pack yesterday and it's weighing in at 12.5 pounds. I was wondering if the 10% "non-rule" is supposed to include fanny pack weight and water.
 

DowtyCamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-July (2014),
May-July (2017)
I just assembled my pack yesterday and it's weighing in at 12.5 pounds. I was wondering if the 10% "non-rule" is supposed to include fanny pack weight and water.
The non-rule is a guideline of a comfortable weight to carry so if it was a rule - which it isn't - then it would refer to everything - which it doesn't. :)
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
A liter of water weighs 1kg = 2.2 lbs. Those who say they carry 2 liters of water are carrying 4.4 pounds in water alone. I hope you really need all that water with you....even on the Primitivo there are refill opportunities at reasonable distances...with few exceptions.
So..if you posted that your pack weighs 6kg with 2 liters of water (2kg) that means the pack itself and everything but the water only weighs 4kg. That is careful packing.
Yeup, I carried 3 liters of water and on most days needed all of it. On 2 or 3 days the refill opportunities were too far in between. The weight was no problem for us and still far less than what we normally carry on thru hikes. Everybody is different. That's why I quoted the weight of my pack without water. With water I was carrying about 16 or 17 pounds, which for me, is light.
 

Leigh Macklin

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances {2016}, Portugese {2017}
4 kg before food & water. Plan how much water to carry each part of the day since it is so heavy.
 
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Deleted member 12253

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Hey all,

Simple question, to get a relative idea of what is 'the norm'.
I've read something like 10% of body weight. Let me know, so I have an idea what to aim for.

Regards,
Sophia

If you weigh 70kg fine but if you weigh 200kg problem. I never carry more than 6kg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte and Frances Sept 6 - Oct 11, 2016
Hey all,

Simple question, to get a relative idea of what is 'the norm'.
I've read something like 10% of body weight. Let me know, so I have an idea what to aim for.

Regards,
Sophia
I carry documents, glasses, water etc in a waist pack (fanny pack) then you can have more weight in your back pack. However after a week I just sent my backpack on ahead as the weight (only 10% of my body weight) was too much for my back. It was great
 

hnguyen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2013; (September 2014)
Hey all,

Simple question, to get a relative idea of what is 'the norm'.
I've read something like 10% of body weight. Let me know, so I have an idea what to aim for.

Regards,
Sophia
Hey all,

Simple question, to get a relative idea of what is 'the norm'.
I've read something like 10% of body weight. Let me know, so I have an idea what to aim for.

Regards,
Sophia
Don't go by any rule. Pack your backpack with only essentials. Hike with it fully loaded during your training for at least 2-3 consecutive days. If it feels heavy and burdensome, then it's too heavy on the Camino. After 4 Caminos, my fully loaded backpack is 4.2 kgs (just over 9 pounds) not including water. I only carry half liter of water (1.1 pounds) and refill at every cafe or restaurant. I must be very judicious with what and how much I carry since I'm over 70 and am a polio survivor with an artificial knee.
 

Patrice Reed

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April (2017)
I started with 18 pounds, I am 57 yr old women over 200 pounds. It was too heavy for me so I got it transported for a week until I got a little more conditioned. Then I slimmed it down to 12 pounds and shipped excess stuff to Santiago and picked it up there at the end of my journey.
 

Jo Jo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, July 2014
Via di Francesco (Italy), July 2015
Frances, Sept-Oct 2016
Portugues Oct. 2017
After a few caminos and getting gear list pretty tuned to what we need, my wife's pack is about 6 lbs (plus water). Mine is about 14lbs (plus water and food). But note, my wife is a hobbit (5 foot nothing, maybe 105lbs). I am not (6'1" 185lbs). And I carry two pairs of shoes, because my feet do much better that way. She does not. I carry a native American flute to play in the churches and other special places. She does not. All of which is to say, weigh everything in grams (to make differences pop out), that will help you make the best decisions you can. Then, once you know the numbers, forget them. Any time my life is run by numbers (GPA, bank account balance, test scores) it is unmanageable.
 

Tanoli

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
July 6 2018
We are leaving in a few days... currently my pack weighs 25lbs before food/snacks and water. I weigh 200 lbs and I'm 5'10". A lil extra weight doesn't scare me. I'm thinking I'm gonna max it out at 30 lbs. I have an awesome backpack and I can't really feel the 30 lbs as heavy...and even at 30 lbs I know from experience that after few days you and your pack become One. When I did parts of Appalachian Trail, we carried 40 lbs normally. But at the end of the day it's personal choice. Whatever you are comfortable with. A lil discomfort is just one more reason to grown stronger.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
@sofronii Best way to find out is to pack what you think you need and go for walks with it :)

My pack is isually around 5kg before water and food.
I am 1,58m, 53kg. Can´t handle more than 8kg at all on my back/hips :p
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
We are leaving in a few days... currently my pack weighs 25lbs before food/snacks and water. I weigh 200 lbs and I'm 5'10". A lil extra weight doesn't scare me. I'm thinking I'm gonna max it out at 30 lbs. I have an awesome backpack and I can't really feel the 30 lbs as heavy...and even at 30 lbs I know from experience that after few days you and your pack become One. When I did parts of Appalachian Trail, we carried 40 lbs normally. But at the end of the day it's personal choice. Whatever you are comfortable with. A lil discomfort is just one more reason to grown stronger.
What all are you carrying?
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Via Tolosana
We are leaving in a few days... currently my pack weighs 25lbs before food/snacks and water. I weigh 200 lbs and I'm 5'10". A lil extra weight doesn't scare me. I'm thinking I'm gonna max it out at 30 lbs. I have an awesome backpack and I can't really feel the 30 lbs as heavy...and even at 30 lbs I know from experience that after few days you and your pack become One. When I did parts of Appalachian Trail, we carried 40 lbs normally. But at the end of the day it's personal choice. Whatever you are comfortable with. A lil discomfort is just one more reason to grown stronger.
I do understand the need to carry EVERYTHING you need on the Appalachian trail but.... 25 lbs on the Camino??? What are you carrying???
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
I do understand the need to carry EVERYTHING you need on the Appalachian trail but.... 25 lbs on the Camino??? What are you carrying???
:) 25 pounds is a bit more than my total pack weight, with an 8 day supply of food and fuel, when I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Walking from town to town on Camino, it is so nice to only need to carry an 8 to 9 pound load.
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018
My backpack weighs about 6 kg (without water, food and the things that I wear on a hot summer day; so e. g. hat and walking poles are not included).
I think I have more or less only the necessary stuff... but many things are not weight-optimized, just as I "found" them in my household.

I think this should be okay... and I should calm down:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/calm-down.56386/
instead of counting ounces.
 
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shubertj

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2012, 2013, 2018 Portuguese 2014 Ingles, Finisterre/Muxia 2017
Primitivo 2019
We just completed our 6th camino and still ended up shipping excess stuff to Santiago. We are in our late 60's and carried our packs for 39 days. Mine weighed 15 lbs and my wife 14 both with 1 liter of water. We never had problems getting refilled even on the Invierno route for the last 6 days.
 

notion900

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
>
8kg seems to be a magic weight for me. That includes 2 litres of water and a few small snacks (I don't eat a proper bread and cheese type lunch on the trail). It doesn't include poles btw. It's no good separating out water and 'fanny pack' as if it somehow doesn't count. Water is actually the most important thing you carry.
 

Bob P

Member
Camino(s) past & future
First timer, leaving April 3rd from SJPDP
Started CF in April at 15#15oz. Finished in May at 14#13oz. base weight ( no food/water included). Eliminated a few items along the way. It was easy to send fotwatd or eliminate as I learmed. You cam do the metric, but at 195# body weight I was well under 10% guide. Had everything I needed and expect to start next year around 14#. Going to buy different rain/wind jacket and remove down jacket and rain pants! Hiked in rain, snow and sleet, so I know this is ok..
Hike light, start chilled, empty pack and reanalyze weekly. Best things I learned.
 

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