Pack back panel--to pad or not to pad
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Brandon Guy
(brucky) - F

Locale: Central Cal
Pack back panel--to pad or not to pad on 10/18/2011 00:56:24 MDT Print View

Working out the design for a pack. Lots of great information out there, but I haven't found much on padding for the back. What does everyone think of padding the back? What are the pro/cons of padding? How much does it really affect Weight? Comfort? Ventilation? Etc?
Does it become more important when your pack weighs over so many pounds?

William Zila
(Ultralightwillinn.m) - MLife

Locale: Albuquerque
depends on 10/18/2011 01:11:46 MDT Print View

if you pack right you dont need it especially if you use a foam pad as a frame

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Pack back panel--to pad or not to pad on 10/18/2011 01:26:45 MDT Print View

It depends a lot on whether the pack is intended to carry a bear canister, and if so, what size. If you drop a big cylinder like a Bear Vault 500 right down into a typical pack, that round lump is going to hit the wearer directly in the spine unless there is a serious foam pad in there. If you drop a smaller one like a Bear Vault 450, you might rotate it to put the flat surface against the back panel (axis in the line of travel), so the seriousness of the foam panel can be reduced. If you put a small one like the small Bear Boxer, it is small enough that it can be rotated away from the plane of travel, but still a small foam pad might be good.

If you get up into really huge sizes, then there is probably room inside for so many other clothing things that the foam necessity changes again. The load will be heavy enough that it might be necessary.

--B.G.--

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
multiuse on 10/18/2011 09:05:52 MDT Print View

the padding in my pack is multi use as a sit pad and a foot extension for my sleeping pad. I'd say if you do add it make it removable.

Brandon Guy
(brucky) - F

Locale: Central Cal
padding on 10/18/2011 21:38:53 MDT Print View

How about using padding to get some better air flow? Does it help with sweaty back syndrome?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: padding on 10/18/2011 21:45:01 MDT Print View

"How about using padding to get some better air flow? Does it help with sweaty back syndrome?"

I think it will reduce air flow and make the sweaty back syndrome worse unless the padding is covered in mesh or something.

--B.G.--