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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Pack Upgrades

3 great ways to store accessories, water, and food.

by: Nancy Bouchard

Granite Gear Air Zipp Twists (Photo By Ben Fullerton)
Granite Gear Air Zipp Twists (Photo By Ben Fullerton)
Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir (Photo by Ben Fullerton)
Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir (Photo by Ben Fullerton)
MHM Snack Stacker (Photo by Ben Fullerton)
MHM Snack Stacker (Photo by Ben Fullerton)

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Granite Gear
Air Zipp Twists
$33 for two 9-liter pouches; 1.2 ounces.; granitegear.com

Marshmallow-light with water-resistant zippers, these rugged, colorful nylon storage sacks come in 5-, 9-, 14-, and 20-liter sizes to help you stay impeccably organized. A tad pricey.

Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir
$36; 3 liters; 10.3 oz.; ospreypacks.com

The rigid frame and stiff handle make loading it a snap. The bite valve has 360 degrees of mobility and a magnet that mates it to Osprey shoulder straps. Slightly heavy compared to other hydration bladders.
MHM Snack Stacker
$48; 1 lb. 9 oz.;
mhmgear.com
This insulated, structured foam cub (8" x 5" x 5") keeps food cold for several hours and includes an aluminum grill and plastic cutting board hidden in its bottom for meal prep. It's weighty; leave behind the grill and cutting board to shave 8.6 ounces.

[Tech Talk]

Load Transfer A pack's ability to shift weight to your hips is one of the keys to big-load comfort. Through framesheets and stays come in a myriad of configurations and combinations, they all have a common goal: lock onto and channel weight into the hipbelt, so the load doesn't hang off of your shoulders. Hips are humans' most efficient weight-bearing zone, so a close-wrapping hipbelt and a lumbar pad that sticks to the small of your back are critical.

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