Review of the Equinox Katahdin frameless backpack.
By Will Rietveld
The Equinox Katahdin Backpack offers a greater range of adjustability than what is found in most ultralight and frameless packs, with three circumferential compression straps that offer a wide volume range and a contribute to the creation of a virtual frame for load carrying support. Unlike most ultralight backpacks, the Equinox Katahdin has a number of harness adjustments including an adjustable hipbelt height to fine-tune it for torso length. This comprehensive review highlights the following features of the Equinox Katahdin Backpack: specifications, features (frame and suspension analysis, usability features, and load volume flexibility), field performance (pack load carrying capacity, durability), value, and recommendations for improvement.
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Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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