Previously Macpac had only one lightweight pack in their entire line (the AMP, which we have previously reviewed), now they will have three. New for 2007 is their new AMP Light series of lightweight packs with volumes of 20, 35, and 45 liters.
The new AMP Light packs are frameless by our definition, but they do have a sewn-in stiff foam strip on either side of the backpanel to provide rigidity. All three packs have basically the same feature set: durable lightweight fabrics; wide padded shoulder straps; removable/pivoting hipbelt; mesh pockets on the front, sides, and hipbelt; hydration sleeve; side compression straps; load lifters, and sternum strap. All are top loading with a top pocket. The smallest pack does not have a mesh front pocket.
The new Macpac AMP Light backpacks will come in 20, 35, and 45 liter volumes (left to right). They are made of lightweight durable fabrics and no-catch mesh.
Closer views of the AMP Light 35. Unique features are sewn-in stiff foam stiffeners on each side of the backpanel and a pivoting hipbelt to maintain pack position when scrambling. The shoulder straps are wide and well padded.