We survey light-weight internal frame packs with a maximum weight of 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) and a volume generally in the range 50 L to 75 L. Part 1A covered the very basics and lists all the packs in the survey; Part 1B covered the frame and harness which carry the pack itself; Part 1C covers the main bag and all the other pockets, plus the all-important question of Comfort. Part 2 in this series will cover all the individual packs tested.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Main Bag Design
    • The Underneath Face Shape
    • Details
  • Double Compartment Bags
  • External Pockets
  • Hip Belt Pockets
  • The Lid
  • Lid Straps
  • Bladder Sleeve
  • Fabric, Seams and Waterproofing
  • Comfort
  • Summary

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