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How much weight will I shed if I start trimming the straps on my pack (Lowe Alpine Zepton 50?)
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Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
Ok- dumb question... on 02/18/2014 11:41:27 MST Print View

What is a brain when referred to as part of a backpack? I have no idea what that is.


Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Re: Ok- dumb question... on 02/18/2014 11:51:58 MST Print View

That depends if its a male or female pack if female that would definitely be the hood with top pocket if male look to the bottom of the pack. Duh!

Edited by mtmnmark on 02/18/2014 11:56:00 MST.

Will Webster
Brain on 02/18/2014 12:10:02 MST Print View

Brain and brain! What is brain?

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Ok- dumb question... on 02/18/2014 17:01:33 MST Print View

The brain is a top pocket that often covers the top opening of a backpack.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Trimming on 02/18/2014 17:55:59 MST Print View

I like cutting off straps. It's partly because of weight savings, but also because it's much nicer to use a pack that doesn't have straps dangling everywhere. You need to be smart about it and save enough strap for your needs (ie. don't cut the hipbelt so short you can't do it up with winter layers on), but everything you can cut off from there simplifies things.

Edited by dandydan on 02/18/2014 17:56:32 MST.

Christopher Kuzak
Cutting Straps on 02/18/2014 19:24:44 MST Print View

I leave the "brain" of my Exos 58 home. Saves me 4 ounces but leaves a hole since the pack closes via drawcord. Hasn't caused any problems, but I like the design of the new Exos since it has a flap to cover it.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Long dangly bits on 02/18/2014 19:37:48 MST Print View

"Have little S-biners on the ends, which I clip to the wrist lanyards of my camera on one side and GPS on the other. "

Actually, this is very nice!

"The brain is a top pocket that often covers the top opening of a backpack."

i.e. Most of the time a useless organ for a UL backpacker.

Edited by millonas on 02/18/2014 19:40:12 MST.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
1" wide strap weight on 02/19/2014 11:07:33 MST Print View


The fairly typical 1" wide nylon webbing shown below weighs .228 ounces per foot of length.

Assuming webbing variation and dirt accumulation over time I think a rough guide for removal of 1" wide webbing might be a savings of about 1 ounce for every 4 feet removed. (thinner, nylon gross grain webbing weighs about half as much as this webbing)

So if you were able to trim off 100 feet of webbing, you would save enough weight to carry, say, an extra sleeping bag.

Edited by lyrad1 on 02/19/2014 12:53:43 MST.