Load carry

Good video from HPG about their new pack.

I particularly agree with the importance of lumbar padding, which is equally valid, if different in application, with a frameless pack (i.e. one without stays of any kind). The idea of attaching the back-side compression straps to a wave of fabric sewn into the seam will be integrated into whatever pack I make next, as it neatly solves an otherwise inexorable design weakness. I also think there’s a lot to be said for the zippered top and stuff sack lashing model.


  1. Great video. I’ve done the “wave” compression on a couple packs for the front compression attachment but for no good reason haven’t done it along the back panel (where it probably makes the most sense). I’m working on a pack now…might have to incorporate it.

    Unless I’m misunderstanding, I’m not sure I agree with the stay shape up top (continuing away from the back above the shoulder blades and rely on the load lifters to bring it in close). Seems like that puts a lot of unnecessary torque between your shoulders and the load.

    On another note, I had no idea HPG was here in the GJ area…

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