The Nomad Desert Ruck is something I have been wanting to design for awhile it just took Thru hiker to get Dyneema X Gridstop in the color of ever green.
I have always wanted a ever green pack with contoured professional look to the pack and a zippered entry in to the pack and large combo front/side pocket that compress the pack also . I also wanted to try a idea with a breathable back panel using one 10" panel of Zlite pad sewed in to the back of the pack to keep your back dry. The pack weigh 28 oz. I also can use my 4 foot Ridgerest pad unrolled inside for a virtual frame. When I sleep at night the combo length of the Ridgerest pad and Zlite back panel is long enough for a full length sleeping pad.
I used Thru Hiker ever green Dyneema X Gridstop for light weight pack body and front of the lid, 500D foliage green cordura for the combo back/bottom and part of the top zippered lid pocket of the pack for strength in stress/abrasion areas. I used heavy duty heavy weight mesh to hold the Zlite pad sandwiched in place between the 500d cordura back panel.
I use 3/4" ,1", 5/8",3/8" flat webbing and ITW nexus Jet series hardware and cord keepers. Replaceable shock cord system when it wears out.
# 5 water proof zippers you will notice I use a top compression shock cord keeper to hold down on the front of the pack over the zipper lid to take some pack weight stress off the light weight #5 zipper. If I would have use #8 Or #10 zipper I would not have worried about it.
I also used the removable Jandd Cloud 9 type shoulder straps I made with 3/4" webbing attachment instead 1 " webbing and cross-linked olefin foam 1/2" padding I found at local brick and mortar shop called UFO,
The shoulder straps can be swapped between packs that why they are grey Dyneema X grids stop. Also a removable 1" webbing waist belt.
The Zlite back panel has worked great in keeping my back cool in testing of the pack I am happy with simple design.
Nomad Desert Ruck front:
Nomad Desert Ruck Side:
Nomad Desert Ruck Back:
Nomad Desert Ruck Zlite breathable back panel: