|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – August 2003
No frame, no pain--if you try these simple backpack solutions.
>>> The Flat Pad Fold a mat against the inside wall of the pack behind the shoulder straps. Therm-a-Rest Z-Rest pads are popular for this method, since their accordionlike sections fold flat and rigid. A 3/4-length self-inflater, folded in quarters and slightly inflated, also works.
>>> The Barrel Use a regular closed-cell foam sheet (a Z-Rest won't work) or partially filled self-inflater to line the inside perimeter of the pack like a barrel. Pack the inside tightly; the result both vertically stiffens the pack and cushions the back.
>>> Padless Use two long, narrow stuff sacks densely packed with gear as side-by-side vertical stiffening pillars.