Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Backpack Redefines Ultralight

At the Teva Mountain Games a few weeks back a company by the name of Trek Light Gear unveiled a new backpack that is sure to be a hit with those who like to go light.

The GearJunkie has the scoop on this interesting little product that is dubbed the "PackBack." The bag, which is made out of parachute nylon, weighs in at just 3 ounces and compresses into its own stuff sack and can easily fit inside of your pants pocket. When its expanded, the bag is said to be able to hold up to 30 pounds although it offers few frills beyond hits packability.

Apparently the pack was a hit at the Mountain Games, as the first run of the product, which retails for $26.95, sold out very quickly. Trek Light doesn't even have any in stock at the moment, and we're told to check back later in the summer when they become available again.

While I wouldn't anticipate this ultralight pack replacing most full featured daypacks, it certainly could come in handy while traveling. Having a tiny piece of gear that instantly becomes a larger pack would be a great addition as far as I'm concerned. Looks like a handy item to have along and I can see where it would be useful in a variety of circumstances.

4 comments:

Apus said...

For non-US readers:

3 ounces = 85 grams
30 pounds = 13,6kg

Clyde said...

C'mon Kraig, don't repeat this BS. As usual, GJ posted a fluff PR piece without doing any homework--they are truly the slackers of product reviewers.

Sea To Summit has had a BETTER version of this pack on the market for several years. It's lighter, has better fabric, and can be picked up today...not months from now.

Kraig Becker said...

You mean this one Clyde:
http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/143

You're right, available now, runs just $29.95 and although I haven't tested it, it looks like it is definitely made of higher quality materials.

Thanks for the tip!

Daniel Cheaptents said...

It definitely looks like a handy pack to take travelling, but I would be worried about it getting torn or quickly worn out. Would it last the distance on a long trip?