Backpacking Light Absaroka Backpack


Weighed On Our Scales » 33.5 - 34.5 oz (950-980g)

Backpacking Light Absaroka Backpack

The Backpacking Light Absaroka Backpack works to find the common ground between ultralight, ultra-durable, and ultra-comfortable.

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Backpacking Light Absaroka Pack
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Backpacking Light Absaroka Pack
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Backpacking Light Absaroka Pack
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Backpacking Light Absaroka Pack
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Overview

Backpacking Light's Absaroka ("Ab-SOR-ka") Pack has several unique design elements:

  1. Modularity (in terms of both the size, and type, of both shoulder straps and hip belts);
  2. Adjustability (fine-tune the location of shoulder straps in order to dial in fit to your specific body type);
  3. Durability (the use of very durable, siliconized fabrics that provide more water resistance, less water absorption, better packbag structure, and more durability, than conventional "ultralight" pack fabrics);
  4. Comfort (well-padded, well-ventilated, and lightweight padding on the back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt; articulating shoulder straps and hip belt move with the body rather than against it);
  5. Load Carrying Capacity (a new frame system that precisely transfers weight between the shoulders and hips, resists vertical load compression, and still maximizes hip belt contact surface area).

Purpose

The Absaroka Pack is targeted to thru-hikers, expedition trekkers, and others who want maximum comfort and long term durability out of a pack. We have designed this pack to carry 40+ pound loads in comfort. With less than 30 pounds, this pack will carry like a dream. If you are an ounce-counter who wants a backpack that looks "ultralight" on your gear list spreadsheet, this is not the pack for you. If you already have a light load and want to carry a durable, exceptionally comfortable pack, then the Absaroka is worth considering. If you carry a lot of food, climbing gear, or other compact-but-heavy items, then the Absaroka Pack may very well be what you're looking for.

Features:

  • Hybrid internal/external frame suspension provides the slimline benefits of an internal frame with the exceptional load control of an external frame;
  • Modular shoulder straps and hip belts;
  • The ability to precisely locate shoulder straps to fit body type;
  • Siliconized, durable pack fabrics;
  • Ventilated, padded back panel;
  • Large, stretchwoven side pockets;
  • Highly water-resistant roll-top dry bag closure with options for strapping the buckles to each other for ease of access, or to straps down the sides for vertical compression;
  • Stock hip belt to include large, stretch-woven pockets;
  • Tapered packbag (larger diameter towards top) for ease of packing, and better load carrying, especially for under-capacity volumes;
  • Haul loop;
  • Top strap for compression and attachment of other gear;
  • Removable frame and hip belt;
  • Exceptional construction quality;

Specifications:

The BPL Absaroka Packs were measured in a manner similar to ASTM F2153-07 but using 38 mm ping pong balls instead of the 20-mm spheres specified in the test. We independently calibrated our method, which results in a slightly larger (by 2-3%) measured volume relative to ASTM 2153-07.

Size Small Pack
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Size Medium Pack
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Size Large Pack
Volume of main packbag = 37.0 Liters (2260 cu. in.)
Volume of side pockets = 2 x 2.5 Liters (2 x 150 cu. in.)
Volume of hip belt pockets = 2 x 0.7 Liters (2 x 45 cu. in.)
Total pack volume = 43.4 Liters (2650 cu. in.)
Weight = 960-980g (33.9-34.5 oz)
Hip Belt Size: Large = 90+ cm (36+ in.)
Torso Length / Shoulder Strap / Frame Size: Medium = For 45-58 cm
(18-23 in.) Torso Lengths

All Absaroka backpacks come complete with packbag, shoulder straps, and hipbelt.

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