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Phil Brown
(pbrown19)

Locale: Traverse City MI
Exoskeleton backpacking on 04/02/2009 12:55:45 MDT Print View

I was on one of the military gear forums I frequent this morning and I ran into this

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/products/hulc/HULCVideo1.html

Looks pretty interesting, but I wonder how comfortable that would be.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Hilarious on 04/02/2009 13:32:59 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing, it certainly looks hilarious! No UL there, though.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Exoskeleton backpacking on 04/02/2009 14:18:07 MDT Print View

I didn't look at the link, but I'm thinking it is something that would allow you to carry about 300 lbs of gear? Cast-iron dutch oven cooking, vs. a beer can pot? A 10x10 tent and cot with catalytic heater, vs. cuben poncho tarp and thinlight pad. Hmmm...

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
No More UL on 04/02/2009 14:39:27 MDT Print View

Nice, Just strap one of these babies on and it will carry up to 200 lb at 7 mph continuously. Ultralight gear will no longer be needed.:-)

I can hardly wait until these things hit the civilian market.

Wonder what they go for $?

-Mark

Phil Brown
(pbrown19)

Locale: Traverse City MI
No more UL on 04/02/2009 14:54:59 MDT Print View

As far as I'm concerned, this product renders UL gear obsolete. Why not carry a 5 man tent, a full sized air mattress, and a jetboil...
The sad thing about this device is that the government probably spent millions of dollars on its development, and it will likely never be purchased or used.

Edited by pbrown19 on 04/02/2009 14:56:19 MDT.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Exoskeleton backpacking on 04/02/2009 14:56:37 MDT Print View

Or pack in a porta-jon.

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
Re: Exoskeleton backpacking on 04/02/2009 15:37:49 MDT Print View

Strap one of these to the backpack and you don't even have to walk. Get to those popular campsites first and beat the crowds.... ; )

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Exoskeleton backpacking on 04/02/2009 15:41:56 MDT Print View

Dear lord, to think this is where my taxes go...