SHARED FEATURES - BALANCE POCKETS
- Balance Pockets attach to the holsters on the hipbelt and the O rings on the shoulder straps. The O rings are free to slide up or down the shoulder straps so that the shoulders bear no load from the pockets.
- Balance Pockets have wire frames to transfer the load onto the hipbelt.
- The weight from the Balance pockets on the front of the hipbelt balances the weight from the pack on the back of the hipbelt, reducing or eliminating leverages on the hips.
- The wire frames can be bent for big-chested women or men with large tummies for comfort and to create the air gap that eliminates heat build up.
- The pack's pull-back forces on the shoulders are neutralised by the pull-forward forces from the Balance Pockets. Shoulder straps can be worn more loosely than a backpack (eliminating back and shoulder strain) so that more of the load is transferred onto the hips.
- The two separate pockets are designed to create a gap between them so that you can see your feet as you walk.
- The Balance Pockets are attached to the pack before you put it on. They can be left permanently attached or removed for separate use.
- Fabric: Body 210D Nylon Ripstop
- Bottom 210D Dyneema Gridstop
- Liners 40D Nylon Ripstop
- Mid-volume balances compactness with weight carrying ability.
- Highly water-resistant Dry Liners
- 4 mesh exterior pockets
- Zip flaps flip up for easy access, down for rain
- Converts to a daypack with Daypack Conversion Straps
- Daypack also carries on front for security and easy gear access
- 500D Kodura, 210D, 100D x 70D & 40D ripstop nylon
- Improved stability
||S: H 30 W 12 D 11
R: H 35 W 12 D 11
||S: 10 + 2 / pair
R: 12L + 2 / pair
R: 538/476/ 524 (Min/+ liners /daypack:)
“The Balance Pockets enable you to walk in a more upright position, and with considerably more balance than with a normal pack. Additionally, the load is distributed over the body, so your shoulders don’t get as sore. It all adds up to a less fatigued body, and one that can traverse awkward terrain more confidently. I noticed a profound difference straight away wearing this pack.”
Mark Watson, Editor, NZ Climber magazine Test Review
"Before using an Aarn pack I wouldn't have thought to complain about poor balance while using a day pack or a lumbar pack on a climb. Once we got on the long boulder fields of St. Helens though, I noticed a major improvement. I was able to move as though I wasn't wearing a pack at all, confidently walking across the tops of boulders whereas before I would have chosen a more conservative route."
Brice Keown, WA, USA