by Ryan Jordan | 2004-08-13 03:00:00-06
Dana Design has the Racer X and Moonbow has the Gear Skin. Both are heavier and more complicated than the Wookey Dragonfly, a 1 lb 3 oz pack skin (add 3.0 ounces for removable hip and shoulder padding) that rolls up to the size, of, well, something close to five inches by ten inches (you pick your favorite analogy – how about a loaf of bread?).
Wookey of Bozeman Montana has best been known for shapely ski and snowboard packs that weigh, well, something more than ultralight.
And, unlike Dana Design, which claims an “unlimited” capacity to its Racer X pack skin, Wookey takes a more humble and realistic approach: you can wrap the skin around a any large stuff sack or use the included 3,800+ cubic inch capacity dry bag to achieve a manageable compressed volume as low as 1,200 cubic inches.
210d body fabric with mesh construction in the skin and a roll top closure with factory taped seams make the pack truly waterproof – a significant benefit. Disassociate the packbag from the skin and there’s virtually no major opportunities for water absorption – and weight increase as a result – making the Dragonfly ideally suited for wet conditions.
We like the design of the pack skin – two lateral and one vertical compression straps with catenary cut fins offer versatile load carrying options. We think the pack can easily handle a bagged elk quarter (the question is: can you?) and we even saw one enthusiast at the show walking around with a whitewater playboat riding in the skin. Think about the options here: loads of firewood, a float tube or inflatable raft, Christmas trees, etc.
The Wookey Dragonfly packs to a compact size.
The pack offers large-volume capacity at a small-volume weight.
"Wookey Dragonfly Ultralight Pack Skin (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/wookey_dragonfly_ultralight_pack.html, 2004-08-13 03:00:00-06.