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Universal Balance Pockets

Enjoy many of the benefits of the Aarn Packs System while using your current pack. Our Universal Balance Backpack Pockets are designed to help balance your load while using non-Aarn branded backpacks.  

They work on the same principles as our Aarn Balance Pockets, offering increased energy efficiency, strain relief and convenient access.  

Will they work on my backpack? They are thoughtfully designed to fit any brand of backpack that uses a hip belt and shoulder straps.  

Aarn Universal Balance Pockets are attached to the backpack once you have put the pack on and are unclipped before you take the pack off.  

How do I attach to my current backpack? Firstly, while not wearing the pack, secure the top two detachable clips to the shoulder straps above the sternum strap area. You can keep the top parts of the buckles attached to your pack permanently. 

For everyday use, put your pack on, clip in the top buckles, and then tuck the bottom bracket behind your hip belt and use the velcro in front of the hip belt to secure it.  

How do I remove the backpack pockets? Undo the velcro to remove the hip belt attachment and unclip the top buckles. Leave the top part of the buckles on your pack for easy putting on and off. 

See a Wilderness Magazine Review here.


2 separate pockets with a gap in the center to give 'see-your-feet' visibility for wilderness walking & rough terrain

Suspended mesh back for excellent ventilation

4 x mesh exterior pockets & 2 x bottle neck holders

2 waterproof dry liners included

Top carry handle for use when not attached to your pack

Reflective tabs for night safety

Removeable clip on padded shoulder strap

Tech Specs

Fabrics -

500D Kodura

210D Ripstop Nylon

40D Ripstop Nylon

Dimensions -

W 36cm x D 12cm x H 33cm (S)

W 14.1in x D 4.7in x H 12.9in (S)

W 37cm x D 12cm x H 36cm (R)

W 14.5in x D 4.7in x H 14.1in (R)

Litres -

10L in pockets (S)

1L in mesh outside pockets (S)

12L in pockets (R)

2L in mesh outside pockets (R)

Pocket Weight -

340g or 0.7lbs (S) (+ liners and daypack straps)

390g or 0.8lbs (R) (+liners and daypack straps)

Colour -


Size Guide

Small: H 33, W 36, D 12

Regular: H 36, W 37, D 12

Also check out our page, 'How to select your pack'.