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New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

For 2007, Macpac adds a new line of lightweight backpacks with lightweight durable fabrics and a very nice feature set.

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by Will Rietveld | 2006-08-12 03:00:00-06

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.

New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) - 1
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.

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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.


"New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2006-08-12 03:00:00-06.


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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006) on 08/12/2006 20:34:34 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Amp 20 on 08/12/2006 21:38:23 MDT Print View

There is actually an Amp 20 in the current range, not to forget the Ultramarathon which is extremely comfortable.

john campbell
(jcluddite) - F
AMP light frames on 08/24/2006 16:18:34 MDT Print View

The two bigger models, the 35 and 45 Liter packs actually have bonded (glued) polyethelene/foam frame sheet in both the back panel and the contoured side panels. these side panels do two things when the pack is loaded: first the provide structure to the pack by createing two 90 degree corners that stiffen up the backpanel and secondly they provide for a contored back panel profile. the Amp 35 has used the same frame since it was introduced a few years ago.

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
Amp Light 45 vs Talon 44 on 02/13/2007 18:29:02 MST Print View

I posted my first impressions of the Amp 45 compared to the Osprey Talon 44.

Edited by adrianb on 02/13/2007 18:32:47 MST.

john campbell
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Re: Amp 20 on 02/18/2007 20:06:53 MST Print View

ultra marathon has been discontinued for two years.

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Re: Re: Amp 20 on 05/06/2007 17:32:58 MDT Print View

The Ultramarathon seems to have been discontinued in 2006 so it is still in the stores - I bought one earlier this year.

Edited by Arapiles on 05/06/2007 17:35:12 MDT.