Outside- External-Frame Packs Reinstated
December 1, 2010 Download PDF Version
Now, triggered by a rediscovered love of backpacking among recession-battered Americans, at least half a dozen brands are planning new external-frame models for 2011. But while the new packs' designs pay homage to hiking's heyday, they benefit from four decades of engineering innovation. "The design is old-school, the performance is full-on 21st-century," says Kelty spokesman Scott Kaier of the brand's three models, which feature lightweight, water-resistant fabrics.