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The Superior Wilderness Designs (SWD) Rugged Long Haul is a 35 to 50 L internal frame pack weighing around two pounds and made with Ultra and EPX fabrics.

The pack can be ordered with a sewn hipbelt or with a floating one. The latter option is of particular interest to me as the father of a teenager. Not only because one can change hipbelts, but more importantly, SWD built four inches (10 cm) of torso adjustability into their floating hipbelts across all their pack lines (except the Movement models). Adjustable torso packs are appealing when shopping for backpacks for tweens and teens so the pack can continually adjusted while they grow. The Long Haul and Wolverine lines of packs by Superior Wilderness Designs achieve those four inches of torso adjustability while weighing about two pounds (907 g), making these packs a viable option for those trying to reduce the carry load for the young ones.

a man with a backpack is standing by the water
The SWD Rugged Long Haul with an overnight winter load.

Features & Specifications

  • Volume: 40 L or 50 L options (main packbag), pockets add about 10 L
  • Fabrics: Ultra 400X (main packbag), Venom Mesh (pad sleeve)
  • Weight: 30 to 33 oz (850 to 940 g)
  • MSRP: $300 to $355
  • Options: Ultra 400X or EPX200 accents available, torso size, hipbelt sizes, sewn or hanging hipbelt, hipbelt pockets (zippered or zipperless)
  • Hanging hipbelt option allows for 4 inches (10 cm) of torso adjustability
  • Forward pull hipbelt
  • Internal frame: two 7075 aluminum stays
  • Externally removable back pad that can be used as a seat pad
  • 26 grosgrain loops to attach straps
  • Load lifters
  • Comfort rated to 40 pounds

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