Introduction Internet forums, hometown gear shops, and outdoor industry trade shows are filled with backpacking enthusiasts and marketing sharks convinced that their backpack carries weight better than any other on...
By Ryan Jordan
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Little evidence beyond unsubstantiated and unsupported user experience (that
varies so widely among users, for a variety of reasons) is available to
consumers to objectively compare backpack suspension systems. Consequently,
herein we propose an objective model with minimal bias for quantitatively
describing the effectiveness of a backpack suspension in response to
incrementally increasing loads. Further, we validate the model with some nominal
user "perception of comfort" scores that we can attempt to correlate with
objectively-generated (based on data observations of a pack's engineering
performance) "performance factors" describing a pack's suspension response
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Founder and publisher of backpackinglight.com since November 2000. My home is (currently!) Estes Park, Colorado, and my backyard trails are in the Rockies of Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado. I like packrafting, tenkara fly fishing, alpine climbing, and have a particular passion for traveling long distances off-trail without resupply. I'm online elsewhere at ryanjordan.com and Instagram.
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