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George Mills
(marienbad) - F
Removable Backpack on 06/03/2012 16:46:28 MDT Print View

Has anyone ever tried making a two-piece backpack system where:
Piece 1 is a stiff frame and all the pads and straps that snuggly hug your body
Piece 2 is just a big storage compartment, which can be detached from Piece 1.

I realize that the number-one concern in a backpack is getting close to your body and supported in a way that doesn't stress, but it still seems like you could have a Piece 2 that you "slide in" to a series of straps on Piece 1 and then cinch them up so it's tight against your body.

If there are some commercial offerings like this, please post them to serve as inspiration.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Removable Backpack on 06/03/2012 16:55:47 MDT Print View

Steve C

Locale: sierra nevada
dry sack pack on 06/03/2012 17:00:10 MDT Print View

I believe Zimmerbuilt has some interesting designs you might want to check out.

Dustin Judd
(ddujnitsud) - F
Epic on 06/04/2012 16:52:46 MDT Print View

That ULA Epic looks like exactly what I have been looking for.

George Mills
(marienbad) - F
What are they called? on 06/04/2012 19:33:24 MDT Print View

Is there a generic name for the type of pack? (the kind that is just a system of straps made to hug a separate bag)
What would be my search term?

John Almond
(FLRider) - F

Locale: The Southeast
Molly Mac Pack on 06/04/2012 20:36:05 MDT Print View

The Molly Mac Pack is very similar to what you're talking about. MacEntyre (the manufacturer) even has a couple of pouches (they're in the "Order" section) that fit gear instead of having to use stuff sacks; they come in 15 and 30 L sizes.

Hope it helps!

David Goodyear
(dmgoody) - MLife

Locale: mid-west
many commercial - but make your own on 06/05/2012 06:01:07 MDT Print View

Check out granite gear flatbeds, mystery ranch crewcab, eberlestock just one, or get a simple frame, cut off the bag and add a beavertail with straps. You could pick-up a beefy frame that fits you well and cut, hack and sew.

Good luck,


j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Removable Backpack on 06/05/2012 09:48:14 MDT Print View

NRS is your cheapest option:

Theron Rohr
(theronr) - F

Locale: Los Angeles, California
Ummm... on 06/05/2012 09:53:03 MDT Print View

LOL. I think every external frame pack ever made fits this description.