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Chas Ho
(i_charles) - F
pack design idea..? on 06/10/2011 12:04:24 MDT Print View

Have never seen this before.
Although, I am not real hip about gear so maybe it exist?
Its a pack with storage compartment build into the straps and waist belt. Was Thinking it would reduce the main pack size but also redistribute some of the weight. As well as make more common used items more excessable?

While I am on different pack design ideas..oviously center of gravity is the major limitation.. Otherwise, has anyone ever experimented with say a hip or waist pack?

Clint Wayman
(cwayman1)

Locale: East Tennessee, US
Re: pack design idea..? on 06/10/2011 14:24:41 MDT Print View

Hey Chas,

Your idea of redistributed load sounds alot like the AARN line of 'body packs', found at www.aarnpacks.com

and hip/waist/lumbar packs seem to have a fairly decent following among day-hike/ UL over-nighters. You should check out Douglas Ide's (a contributing member here) custom 'HalfPack'. A quick forum search will bring that up.

Best regards!

Edited by cwayman1 on 06/10/2011 14:25:32 MDT.

Chas Ho
(i_charles) - F
pack design idea (s)..? on 06/10/2011 19:30:49 MDT Print View

The ARRN pack is interesting but isn't exactly what I had in mind. I was thinking the (2) should straps themselves would be packable and maybe the waste was sort of like a fanny pack or like a arm that went around the waste.


I see there is quite a lot of hip/waist/lumbar pack options.

Anyone know if a pack that rested on both shoulder would be practical? Would center the weight.
Also thought of a pack that was like a vest...?

David Miles
(davidmiles) - F

Locale: Eastern Sierra
Re: pack design idea (s)..? on 06/10/2011 22:17:56 MDT Print View

I have done something similar to the ARRN pack for use in search and rescue where I need to keep my pack on and have frequent access to search and rescue items. It does help in balancing the load front to back. However, it tends to make me overheat since it covers my chest.

Quite a few rescuers use a tactical vest type setup. Also very easy access and load balancing, but very little ventilation.

Chas Ho
(i_charles) - F
pack design idea..?" on 06/12/2011 06:44:24 MDT Print View

"it tends to make me overheat since it covers my chest."

Was wondering about that.. would it work better in a colder climate then?

"Quite a few rescuers use a tactical vest type setup."

That gives me a name for googling,too.

David Miles
(davidmiles) - F

Locale: Eastern Sierra
Re: pack design idea..?" on 06/12/2011 10:16:33 MDT Print View

I have thought about adding a spacer similar to the ribs found on backpack backs.

David Goodyear
(dmgoody) - MLife

Locale: mid-west
Ribz pack on 06/12/2011 17:40:15 MDT Print View

The RIBZ pack has been brought up before. you could mod it to include a waist pack. I am going to try the ribz pack on my next SAR next weekend. I'll let you know how it goes. Trying it on it seems way big and wierd, but I'll give it a good test before I ebay it.

Let me know what google says.

Dave

Link: http://www.ribzwear.com/product.htm