Tuesday, February 17, 2015

eBay find: vintage internal frame

This pack comes from the interesting space in history after pack makers switched to internal frames but before hipbelts were considered mandatory.

I will admit I have a soft spot for leather and felt shoulder straps no matter how outdated (or uncomfortable) they may be. The grommet matrix for strap adjustment is interesting, especially considering that with no belt torso length is a rather abstract concept.

The presence of load lifters is also interesting, as they seem to be pretty rare on older packs, and even more rare on beltless packs. Also notice the bottom of the shoulder traps is anchored directly into the frame stays via bolts.

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