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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 bodyPiece 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.
I believe Zimmerbuilt has some interesting designs you might want to check out. Steve
That ULA Epic looks like exactly what I have been looking for.
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?
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!
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,Dave
NRS is your cheapest option: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000STB52K
LOL. I think every external frame pack ever made fits this description.
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