Monday, July 19, 2010

Prototype - Alpha Pack

Currently we're designing the α (Alpha) Pack.  This is an all-around pack for the person that wants a light pack with a frame structure capable of transferring a significant amount of the load to the user's hips.  It has a climbing harness capable hip belt (patent pending) like it's Ω (Omega) Pack counterpart, but does not contain the removable shoulder harness necessary to convert the lid to a mini-summit pack like the Omega Pack.  This is the pack for the comfort conscious climber that rarely needs a mini-summit pack.

Currently the features include:
  • Harness compatible hip belt (patent pending)
  • Gear loops on hip belt
  • Gear loop compatible shoulder straps
  • Hybrid Ice Axe loops similar to the Omega Pack (individually secured)
  • Crampon attachment system capable of attaching our Crampon Pouch or a simple strap system
  • Hydration compatible (internal hydration sleeve)
  • Removable bivi-pad
  • Removable 7075-T6 aluminum frame
  • Picket Pockets
  • Reinforced handle and daisy chain can be used for hauling
  • User replaceable compression straps
  • Dual entry lid
The prototype shown below weighs in at 3 lbs 12 oz (3.8 lbs), including the lid, compression system, and frame.  The main compartment's volume is 2500 cu. in (~40 L), not including the volume of the lid.

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