LuxuryLite® Front Hydration Pack
Try it; you'll like it! Works with any backpack with a waist belt and loops on the load lifter or shoulder straps. A Front Pack may seem unusual at first, but it makes your total load feel 10 lbs lighter. No weight on your shoulders. Cool because nothing touches your chest. The Front Pack hangs in front of you suspended about 6 inches away from your chest; keeping you cool AND counterbalancing the backpack. The bottom of the Front Pack has a beaver tail strap that slips around the waist belt, carrying most of the weight. Each top strap end is clipped into a loop that hangs over the top posts on the LuxuryLite Frame, gently pulling the pack forward. With other packs, you use a small carabiner or clip to hook the straps to the loops on your packs load lifter straps. When you release the backpack waist belt, the Front Pack beaver tail is automatically freed and comes off easily. You won't feel trussed-up or get tangled up in straps in an emergency.
The Front Pack has three compartments. The compartment in the middle will hold snacks, camera, GPS, etc. The clear pocket facing towards you holds your maps, permits, etc. The large compartment is sized to easily hold three ordinary 24 ounce grocery store water bottles. This provides a 'frame' that keeps the Front Pack in the right position. You can carry up to a full gallon (4 liters) of water if you lay across the bottom a Nalgene bottle and put three one quart water bottles standing on top - side by side for easy access. (A water bladder will work if you put it in the middle between two grocery store water bottles.). (Of course, no bottles, snacks, or maps are included.)
A DayPack too! The straps can be buckled at the bottom to make an ultralight BACKpack for side trips or water refills. Slip the beaver tail in like a shirt tail and this little pack can carry a lot of weight comfortably. Made in China.
600 cuin capacity, weighs 9 oz, 12" x 18" flat with 9x12 clear vinyl window. Fabric is thick ripstop nylon with a heavy waterproof coating inside. Water bottles leaks in one compartment will not get into the other compartments. The top flap has open sides so this pack will not keep gear dry if you drop it into water. You should wear the Front Pack under your rain gear during storms.
The RIBZ Front Pack
This is the original green Military style heavy duty Ribz with big zippers and wide straps.
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