I - ARCHITECTURE, FIT AND CARRY
- rounded more “organic” profile for better integration with the body and carrying more “soft goods” (clothing layers, food, smaller equipment).
- clean profile avoids hanging up on nearby objects (shot of bag going thru brush)
- shoulder straps and waist belt flatten against back panel for lower profilewhen stowed as cargo.
- intended for longer distances over more uneven terrain (with waist belt).
- shell textile - 420d HT nylon - good durability to weight ratio. bright yarns for more outdoor aesthetic and good abrasion resistance
- 420d HT nylon - good durability to weight ratio. bright yarns for good abrasion resistance, lighter color for visibility.
- contoured shoulder straps.
- sternum strap is adjustable height and R/L orientation and also removeable.
- contour around shoulder, upper & lower back. good surface area contact with body for load distribution.
- aluminum stay provides support and pack rigidity, comes pre-curved, but can be adjusted by the user.
- textured yarns in the Harness gives slight friction on the body, stabilizing carry. also able to buffer a small amount of moisture, less sweaty feeling than a slick textile.
- integrated hip belt transfers weight to the pelvis for more comfortable and efficient carry.
- compression straps allow for external carry of additional gear (skis, tent roll, sleep pad)
- allow for smaller loads to be stabilized closer to the back and for a reduced profile in close surroundings - does not inhibit access to any pockets
- pocket orientation allows for easy, right handed “side access” while wearing the bag or while on the ground.
- side handle allows for handling in horizontal orientation.
- top handle allows for handling in vertical orientation.
II - Pocket layout
A. Exterior Panel Pocket
- vertical zipper allows a larger opening than horizontal or diagonal openings.
- vertical orientation allows side access while wearing or from the ground.
- double layer clean finish keeps the opening low-profile against the hand and offers increased abrasion protection in this area.
- corner cutouts allow water and debris to passively escape.
- independent volume does not interfere with other pockets. accommodates items like: insulation or shell layer, hat/gloves, ski skins, guidebook/notebook.
B. Exterior Lid Pocket
- “up top” placement protects more fragile items from crushing.
- zipper position allows access from vertical or side orientations.
- independent volume does not interfere with other pockets. accommodates items like: headlamps, small cameras or electronics, ski goggles, hat/gloves, sunglasses, binoculars or trail food.
C. Main Compartment
- low-profile counter pulls and soft contour line for easy zipper operation
- 3-sided panel zipper allows many access options:
top loading in vertical position
partial access in horizontal position while wearing
partial access in horizontal position from the ground
full access to entire contents from ground.
- large panel opening allows for easy packing and inventory of contents.
- bottom “bucket” design isolates the main compartment from the hip wings, allowing maximum packing and compression of the main body without affecting the fit and function of the hip belt.
- a small loop provides a means to hang a hydration bladder.
D. Stretch Pocket
- low profile stays out of the way when not in use.
- keeps hydration bladders, notebooks or maps flat and secured
- accommodates laptops and tablets up to 15”
- foldover construction has no seams to catch or abrade, no elastics to wear out, no stitching to break.
- cutouts at lower corners allow expansion for book or computer corners and also allow dirt and debris to exit.
E. Interior Panel Security Pocket
- zipper orientation allows access from vertical or horizontal positions.
- higher placement protects more fragile items from crushing.
- internal placement and opaque fabric secures more valuable or sensitive items. (money/ID/keys/cards)
- key leash for quick access to small items held securely.
- flat volume sized for things like: pens/pencils, cash/ID/keys/cards, batteries.
F. Interior Mesh panel Pocket
- zipper orientation allows access from the horizontal position.
- See-thru mesh allows easy inventory of contents
- flat volume sized for things like: chargers/cables, snack food, first aid items, small tools, batteries, accessory straps.
G. Wing Pockets
- zipper line is placed/angled for accessories while wearing.
- double layer clean finish keeps the opening low profile against the hand and offers increased abrasion protection in this area.
- diamond footprint accommodates rectangular items like wastes and phones, while funneling smaller items like coins or batteries to the lowest point for easy location.
- flat volume sized for things like: chap stick, bar food, phone, or wallet.
III - Other Features
A. Hydration Exits
- allow routing of hydration tubes, wires or cords from the main compartment.
- hydration tube length can be withdrawn or stowed easily.
- R or L shoulder compatible.
- no velcro, no elastic, no moving parts.
B. Strap Keepers
- low profile - out of the way when not in use, won’t catch or drag on surrounding items like Velcro can.
- integrated - can’t get lost.
- adaptable - keep straps tidy when you want them that way.
C. Utility Loops
1. Low profile integrated into top carry handle
2. temporarily clip items
D. Compress Bag for lower profile in denser surroundings
1. maintain all function of backpack
2. all zippers still accessible