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Great concept, proto-type product
on September 11, 2011
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.