M Aarn Liquid Agility Backpack REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
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The Aarn Liquid Agility Backpack takes "dynamic suspension" to a new level. Integrating a flexible, multi-component internal frame with shoulder straps and a hip belt that are decoupled from each other should, in theory, allow you to hike or even jog, across rough terrain, with little sacrifice in load stability. The panel-loading Aarn Liquid Agility Pack extends its volume for longer trips with front "balance pockets" affixed to the shoulder straps. These pockets hold a substantial amount of gear and carry a reasonable amount of weight, and are intended to balance the pack load by shifting its center of gravity forward. The primary focus of this review was to assess the true performance of the suspension, and how the balance pockets affect load carrying stability. Does such a break from mainstream suspension design truly affect load carrying performance, or is it another attempt to differentiate a product through marketing? That question is addressed in this review.
- Suspension Components: Hoop Stay/Vertical Aluminum Stay/Lateral Aluminum Stay/Single Pivot Shoulder Straps (upper)/Pass through shoulder strap pivot (lower)/Bikini framesheet and load lifters/Pass through hip belt pivot
- Figure 1: Suspension schematic
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