Superior Wilderness Designs Big Wild 70
Jul 10, 2021 at 9:01 am #3721541
I made a really brief video to discuss some of the packs I’ve used over the last eight years or so, and why I’ve made some of the choices I’ve made. I talk a little bit about some of the beliefs I’ve held and how new information has forced me to change some of my beliefs. You all might be interested because the Big Wild 70 and the Long Haul 50 Ultraweave make and appearance. I don’t go into the fine details on any of these packs; it’s much more about explaining the motives underneath a meandering journey.Jul 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm #3721939
Thanks Ben, appreciate the content. Would you mind a more detailed look at those two new SWD packs?Jul 15, 2021 at 11:50 am #3721973
Yes I will do that after I use the Long Haul a while. Want to really drag that UltraWeave through the desert and find out what happens. Sorry about the hissy audio, I know how to solve that now and the next one will be better. I ain’t a youtuber hahaJul 15, 2021 at 4:54 pm #3722036
Thanks!Jul 19, 2021 at 10:29 pm #3722485David ChenaultBPL Member
@davecLocale: Queen City, MT
I’ve had a proto Big Wild 109 liter made from 400 and 800D Ultra for a few weeks now. I think I’m going to have to resort to dragging it behind a car on gravel roads or the like to actually destroy it. Waterproofing is good to. It is also noticeably softer in the hand than the traditional laminates, while still be stiff enough (relative to PU fabrics) to give the pack nice structure. Sure seems like the super fabric we’ve been waiting the last decade for.Jul 20, 2021 at 10:38 am #3722509CHRIS LBPL Member
Slightly off-topic, but I made an UW 400 packbag for my Seek Outside frame – someone above asked to see a photo, so here it is. I finally wrote a post in the MYOG forum about it with more details.Jul 21, 2021 at 6:15 pm #3722718
Dave, I agree this fabric seems awesome. I’m trying it out on that Long Haul 50 now. Hoping to plan something in the Grand Canyon so i can drag it over slickrock or something.
Chris, what’s the total weight on that Divide?
Redid that video. Basically same content, just better quality. Hope it’s useful.Jul 21, 2021 at 8:13 pm #3722723CHRIS LBPL Member
Ben, it’s 3 pounds 3 oz as shown with hip belt and shoulder strap pockets.Jul 24, 2021 at 12:04 pm #3722927David ChenaultBPL Member
@davecLocale: Queen City, MT
I did resort to dragging the pack behind a car. 2 miles in various orientations did shockingly little damage. Impressive stuff.Jul 24, 2021 at 5:52 pm #3722938
David, thanks for posting and testing the durability of that fabric. Impressive results.
Here is the link from his blog: https://bedrockandparadox.com/2021/07/24/challenge-ultraweave-abrasion-testing/
Also, SWD posted a few more product photos of the Big Wild in the x pac version showing how the hipbelt attaches. Interesting that it isn’t so much a hanging hipbelt like Seek Outside or McHale Critical Mass anymore as it seems to attached 3/4 of the way up the belt. To prevent the whole belt from collapsing there is 1” webbing running upwards to what I assume is a ladder lock or similar.
You can also see how it is height adjustable and uses what I think are ‘Wetool’ gated G hooks.Jul 27, 2021 at 5:13 pm #3723209
Oh my god, Dave, I’m so glad you actually did that test. Awesome.
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