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No doubt about it, the new Six Moon Designs Essence frameless backpack was designed with the intention of not following the “pack”. It’s definitely thinking “outside the box” to try and come up with a better frameless pack. The Essence, at 3,200 cubic inches and 13 ounces, is a panel-loading frameless backpack with a large top pocket, voluminous mesh side pockets, and large hipbelt pockets. The feature set is terrific, but how well does it perform for ultralight backpacking?


  • Introduction
  • What’s Good
  • What’s Not So Good
  • Specifications: Manufacturer, Year/Model, Style, Sizes, Volume, Weight, Fabrics, Features, Options, Volume To Weight Ratio, Comfortable Load Carrying Capacity, Carry Load to Pack Weight Ratio, MSRP
  • Performance
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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