Outside- External-Frame Packs Reinstated
December 1, 2010
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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.