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Ribz Front Pack

by Ribz
69 customer reviews
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Price: $44.65 - $151.18
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  • 218 D Interwoven reinforced water ripstop nylon
  • Water Proof / Self Healing
  • 50mm adjustable balistic nylon adjustable with D ring attachements
  • The front pack helps to counter-balance the larger load on your back. This reduces stress on the spine and enhances your comfort and posture.
  • Front packs provide easy access of gear without the removal of any equipment.

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Product Description

RIBZ front pack is designed for the avid sportsman who needs his/her critical gear in a quick & ready location. Easily accessible from the front and designed to work with any traditional backpack or independently, RIBZ allows you to keep your essential gear in a fast and easy to reach location. The RIBZ front pack is an excellent option for those putting together an ultralight backpacking strategy. Their weight is less than 11 oz. Utilizing the 600 plus cubic inches of storage in the front pack can reduce the size of your backpack dramatically. Front packs move a portion of the weight forward, improving the balance of the load, and improving your posture and mobility. Four external zippered pockets, and four additional internal pockets provide plenty of storage options. The shoulder straps of the RIBZ pack are extra-wide, heavy-duty nylon, designed to evenly distribute the weight, yet remain comfortable when wearing with an additional backpack. The back of the RIBZ pack consists of two adjustable velcro straps which will not bunch up or sag when wearing the RIBZ with backpack. Whether backpacking or snowboarding, fishing or hunting, biking or kayaking, or just out day hiking, we're confiident once you've used your RIBZ, you'll never leave home without 'em. Let us know where you're headed with yourz.......

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  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0042DH40A
  • Item model number: 01-F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,431 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Szu-ping Lee on September 11, 2011
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First thing that I would like to say is that this is a great concept that should have been adapted by many.
By putting items where you can easily access, you tend to use them more often, as in the cases of camera, lip balm, sunscreen, energy bar...etc.
The ribs front pack gives you just that - easy access. However, I think the execution is sub-par. The whole package is lightweight, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But using plain webbing shoulder straps without any reinforcement is not thoughtful. The thin webbing would get cringed into more of a cord than a flat strap, which when worn under a 45 lbs backpack is bound to give problems. I developed some rashes under those straps over a three-day trip on the High Sierra Trail. I plan to stitch some lightweight mesh-backed pads to help solving this problem.

The Velcro adjustment of the width in the back is also problematic, as it sticks to the mesh on my backpack and also my shirt (promptly messed up the exterior of both articles). Honestly I don't think the adjustment strap is needed in the first place. The pack is pretty stable without it. The plastic buckles are cheap and easy to come undone, and I don't think the zippers are waterproof as they claimed.

Overall, I understand that innovation is not easy and should be rewarded, but given the price, I expected more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Han on November 24, 2011
Size: MediumColor: Alpine Green Verified Purchase
With some forward planning, you can pack your essentials in this front pack which is roomy and has enough inner and outer pockets and compartments to function as a daypack. I use it primarily on backpacking trips so that I don't have to break stride to fumble for maps, compass, knife, snacks, water, first-aid, etc. A very minor downside is the back horizontal strap tend to bunch but does_NOT interfere with its comfort.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hamsterAddict on September 21, 2011
Size: MediumColor: Raptor Camo Verified Purchase
The seller upgraded me to the new 2011 model which is not actually the same as the one shown in the picture... It's made from different (silent) material and a slightly different camo pattern which I actually like much better. The only real difference between the 2 models is that the 2011 has big strap clips in front where the old version had d-rings. I like the new one and the quality seems about the same.

The pack is very comfortable to wear with or without a backpack. I took it out trout fishing last night and it performed admirably! I noticed that it was a bit more comfortable to wear higher up almost on my chest as opposed to to around my belly (I've got an ample gut :P) and sitting down almost forces the pack into this position anyway. I was able to stuff 2 small tackle boxes, floats, hooks, stringer, phone, knife, compass, leatherman's, sun glasses, bug spray, sun block, smokes, lighter and a few other items in there with ease. I love the inner pockets to help keep things organized as well.

The only thing I don't like, is how the straps rub against my neck when only wearing a t-shirt under the pack. I'm sure the straps will break in and soften up over time and I'll often be wearing this over a jacket or sweatshirt (as I did last night), but right now I would think it's a bit annoying. That by no means takes away from the utility and convenience of this pack.

Overall this is a great product and I'd highly recommend to anyone!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2012
Size: MediumColor: Raptor Camo Verified Purchase
I bought the 2010 Ribzwear frontpack because it was less inexpensive than the 2011 model and did not realize there are major differences between the two years. If I had seen a review that noted these differences, I would not have purchased the 2010 version which is why I'm writing this. The 2010 model has, in my opinion, serious design flaws. Fortunately, these have been fixed in the 2011 model. Most notably:
1. The zipper for the large pocket is only on the front face of the pack making it impossible to "peel back" the fabric and reach inside. The newer version has the zipper running across the top and down the front side like a backpack so you can "peel back" the front face and easily reach inside to get items.
2. The material is very stiff which further makes reaching inside to grab items difficult. The newer model is made of softer ripstop nylon.
3. The pack does not expand very much when packed which makes getting stuff in and out very difficult (compounded by the zipper placement and the stiff fabric). The newer model may expand the same but because of the softer material, zipper placement and overall design it is easy to get items in and out.
4. The zippers are large, difficult to use and very loud. Not good for hunting or grabbing your camera to take a picture an animal. The newer zippers are much better.
5. The packs are just big which makes getting stuff at the bottom of the pack, and away from the front difficult to get (again compounded by the zipper placement, stiff material, and lack of expansion ability). The newer packs are not as big and are curved at the back of the pack.
6. The torso area of the pack cannot be adjusted while you are wearing it as it is velcro.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DualSportRider on December 21, 2011
Size: MediumColor: Alpine Green Verified Purchase
Great Idea, low quality. One zipper broke and threads/seems ripping. The idea is great, just need better quality parts, straps are also cheap.

Update. 01/20/12. The ribz I had must of been the first or second rev (got them early 2011)...I got a newer one and it's much better. I am changing from 3 stars to 4 stars, I'll reserve 5 stars for the new ones comming out in March.

Update. The new ones are 5 stars

Update. 10/03/13 The New New are even better. Keeps getting better all the time. Great for winter hiking, too hot in summer but I'm in Texas so everything is too hot in the summer.
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