Adjusting the Backlength on Mountain Magic Packs
Attaching Marathon & Mountain Balance Pockets
Attaching Lasso-Loc Straps
"In June - July 2015, it was my third trip to the Kimberley (Australia) walking with a Aarn Mountain Magic U Flow Balance Pack . I will never be able to thank my partner, Fleur Crowe enough for letting me know about this pack.
It has changed all my ideas about walking. It ended the horrible feeling of weighing a ton and having my movements limited. Aarn technology frees your shoulders in an amazing way. It is surprising. You have to try it to believe it!
In 2013, I used this pack to walk the South-West side of the Prince Regent river in the North-West Kimberley . It took me some time to understand how all the straps were working. I would say that it is a pack you may not like on your first few days but you will love in a very short time. I had to swim sometimes and none of my items ever got wet -the liners did the job. This trip lasted 13 days, walking through some harsh vegetation, always off track. The pack survived it easily. Apart from the feeling of lightness, I really loved the accessibility of the Balance Pockets. You can store a camera there and its ready to «click» in seconds. They offer great access to your map, snacks or any items you need while walking.
In 2014, it was an 11 days trip to the head waters of the Prince Regent river. Again the Mountain Magic did the job. The Balance Pockets do not disturb your walking. You can see where you are putting your feet. There was quite a lot of climbing. The pockets are only a problem when you have to be as close as possible to the rock wall- in my opinion the only negative side of this pack.
In 2015, it was a 26 days walk from King Cascade on the Prince Regent to Lower Mitchell Falls at the mouth of the river. No food drops. Alone. The pack weighted 20 kg. The volume of the Mountain Magic worked well for this long trip. The pack was full. I put all the spaghetti and rice in the Balance Pockets. There was no swimming this time but a lot of scrub and climbing and other Kimberley enjoyment! For example, water is not everywhere and I had to carry up to 7 litres. Extra space for the water was fine, thanks to the roll top closure!
I am thinking of another long trip in the Kimberley in 2016 and buying the Dyneema Mountain Magic, saving 380 grammes on the pack alone. Not bad for such a technical bag."