Free Beginner Backpacking Course

Free Beginner Backpacking Course

Harrisonburg location (90 N. Main Street)

Classes will run from 6 – 7:30pm on:

Thursday, April 30,
Thursday, May 7, and
Thursday, May 14.

The overnight backpacking trip is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

Space is limited to 10 participants, so reserve your spot ASAP by stopping by the store, calling (540) 434-9900, or e-mailing us at harrisonburg@walkaboutoutfitter.com. You must be able to attend every class to be able to sign up.

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Up to 65% Off at the Lexington Sidewalk Sale

Save Big at the Downtown Lexington Sidewalk Sale

Join us this Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18, for the annual Sidewalk Sale in downtown Lexington. Doors open at 9 am. Up to 65% off on select items!


Check out our tent at the Blue Ridge Marathon on Saturday. Good luck and godspeed to all who are running!

 

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Gear Highlight: Suunto Core

Suunto Core

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Description:

The award-winning Suunto Core comes in a range of stylish design options, packing easy to use outdoor functionalities in a robust construction. Combining altimeter, barometer and a compass with weather information, the Core provides the essential features for adventures in the great outdoors. Designed to bring out the explorer in you.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Compass
  • Temperature
  • Storm alarm
  • Sunrise / sunset
  • Depth meter for snorkeling
  • Multiple watch, date and time functions
  • User-replaceable battery
  • Multilingual menu (EN, FR, DE, ES)

Specs:

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  • Measurements 49.1  x  49.1  x  14.5  mm
  • Weight 64 g
  • Measurements 1.93  x  1.93 x  0.57 “
  • Weight 2.26 oz
  • Bezel Material: Aluminium
  • Lens material: Mineral crystal
  • Case material: Composite
  • Strap material: Elastomer

Our Price: $299.00

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Free Gift on Earth Day When You Spend $50 or More

Help Make a Difference this Earth Day, April 22!

When you make a purchase of $50 or more on Wednesday, April 22, we will give you a free, reusable Walkabout Outfitter shopping bag. Plus, bring any used, empty, compressed gas canisters and we will recycle them for you, as well as show you how to recycle them.

Thank you for your patronage. And thanks for shopping local!

 

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Meet the Staff: Matthew Kolonich

Matthew Kolonich

Where are you from?

I am originally from Leesburg, VA and I now live in Richmond, VA.

What Walkabout location do you work at?

I am the Manager of the Carytown in Richmond Walkabout Outfitter.

What do you enjoy most about working at Walkabout Outfitter?

I enjoy talking and working with customers to help them find what they need. I also enjoy working closely with all of my staff.

What is your first childhood memory of camping or being outdoors?

My first childhood memory was sitting around the campfire making S’mores with my Dad.

What first interested you in the outdoors?

The thing that interests me most in the outdoors is exactly that, the outdoors. I love being in and around nature.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

My favorite outdoor activity is most definitely fishing. I have spent many days fishing all over Virginia.

What is your “must have” piece of gear from Walkabout Outfitter?

Hiking shoes are the gear that I must have. I am really in love with my Merrells. They are a must have for any outdoor activity, whether it is hiking or fishing!

What has been your most exciting outdoor adventure?

My most exciting outdoor adventure has to be whitewater rafting on the New River. I had a blast and would happily do it again soon!

If you could have your “Dream Expedition”, where would you go?

I have always wanted to go to Africa and spend some time exploring the Savannah!

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Gear Highlight: Klean Kanteen Classic Growler 64oz

Klean Kanteen Classic Growler 64oz

Description:

Beer lovers, this one’s for you. Klean Kanteen stainless steel growlers are an simple and convenient way to grab beer to-go from your local taproom. Beautifully designed and built to last, our growlers are timeless, practical and offer safe transport for green juice, water, wine, kombucha, or cold-brewed coffee!

Features:

  • Swing LokTM Cap is removable, all stainless steel, and threadless for tight seal and leak resistance
  • Large 1.75″ (44mm) opening for easy filling and pouring
  • 18/8 food-grade stainless steel
  • 100% stainless interior
  • Durable and won’t break like glass
  • Easy to clean with rounded corners
  • Electropolished interior doesn’t retain or impart flavors

Specs:

Capacity 64 fluid ounces (1900 ml)
Weight 13.6 ounces (with cap)
Size 10.85″ H x 4.5″ W (with cap)
Opening Diameter 1.75″ (44 mm)

Our Price: $49.95

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Mountain Hardwear Prize Package!

We are celebrating 10 Years!

2005 – 2015

We want to help you gear up for spring!

From now through April 30: enter to win at any of our five locations and help us celebrate 10 years!

One lucky person will win the entire adventure package.

Thank you to Mountain Hardwear, who has been with us since day 1!

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New Store Hours in Three Locations!

New Hours in Harrisonburg, Downtown Roanoke and Richmond.

Our Harrisonburg, Downtown Roanoke and Richmond locations are extending their hours. We’re here every day to help YOU find the clothing, shoes, and gear you need to enjoy this beautiful weather!

Harrisonburg’s New Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm 
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon to 5 pm

Downtown Roanoke’s New Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday: 10 am to 5:30 pm 
  • Sunday: 12 noon to 4 pm

Richmond’s New Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 11 am to 7 pm 
  • Friday: 11 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm 

 

You’re Invited!

To kick the season off, in partnership with the Arts Council of the Valley’s First Fridays series, we are proud to host “Simply Folk” from 5 to 8pm, this Friday, April 3 in our Harrisonburg store.

Simply Folk is made up of Becky Glick and Mike Simpson. They have been singing together since 2005. They offer a variety of music including folk, seasonal, and religious.

Come on out and sing along to some old favorites!

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Gear Highlight: Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket

Arc’teryx Beta SL Jacket

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Description:

Beta Series: All-round mountain apparel | SL: Super Light. Super light, compressible GORE-TEX® jacket with Paclite® product technology. Designed specifically as packable emergency weather protection.

Most Packable

As weight and space are critical factors in the Beta SL’s performance, the lightest and most packable GORE-TEX® fabric, N40r GORE-TEX® fabric with Paclite® product technology, is used. Waterproof and highly breathable, the fabric protects from the weather and offers a higher level of comfort during activity. As the Beta SL is intended for periodic emergency use, a less abrasion resistant textile is used to eliminate weight and bulk. However, the fabric has a mini ripstop construction that provides added tear strength without impacting weight.

Simplicity in Action

The goal was to pare the Beta SL to its essence and achieve specific functional requirements for the lowest possible weight. Careful, efficient construction techniques allow Arc’teryx to use micro seam allowances and tiny (13 mm) GORE® seam tape. The Trim fit reduces fabric requirements and improves breathability. Carefully articulated patterning and gusseted underarms provide freedom of movement without adding bulk. The low profile Stormhood™ offers complete coverage with a streamlined design. This is a true minimalist’s hardshell, designed to be light, small and efficient.

WaterTight™ Zippers

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Arc’teryx pioneered the now industry standard WaterTight™ zipper to seal out wind and weather, and Zipper Garages that provide additional protection from rain and snow.

  • WaterTight™ zippers seal out weather
  • Zipper garages provide additional protection
  • Durable and easy to use

Women’s:

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Specs:

Weighing only 280 grams (9.9 oz) and highly packable, the women’s Beta SL Jacket is carefully designed to stay unnoticed until it’s needed. Intended as emergency weather protection for hikers, backpackers and trekkers, it is made from N40r GORE-TEX® fabric with Paclite® product technology for reliable, proven waterproof/breathable performance. Designed specifically for women, the patterning, built in freedom of movement and careful feature placement elevate the Beta SL’s fit and functionality.

Men’s:

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Specs:

Designed to stay unnoticed until it’s needed, the super lightweight, compressible waterproof/breathable Beta SL Jacket weighs a scant 315 grams (11.1 oz). Made from N40r GORE-TEX® fabric with Paclite® product technology, it delivers proven complete weather protection with a high level of breathability.

Our Price: $299.00

 

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Free Yoga Class at our Richmond location on April 2!

Free Yoga Class

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced yoga student, the benefits of yoga include greater flexibility and strength, improved core strength, and more personal or spiritual benefits, such as increased patience, a feeling of belonging and improved body image through acceptance.

Join us on Thursday, April 2 at 8:30 am in our Richmond store for a complimentary yoga class, led by Yoga Source. Namaste!

3122 West Cary Street, Suite 220, Richmond, VA

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Choose an Easter Egg & Get a Discount!

 Easter Egg Hunt for a Discount!

Starting Monday, March 30 through Saturday, April 4, stop by any of our stores for a fun Easter Egg hunt.

Each egg contains a discount you can use to save on any one regularly priced, in-stock item! Every egg is a winner. We’ve also hidden eggs with candy throughout the store.  Why should kids have all the fun?

No other discounts apply. In stock merchandise only. Not good on prior purchase.

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Meet and Greet with Tim Pohlad-Thomas

Help Us Welcome Our New Manager!

Tim Pohlad-Thomas, originally hails from Ferrum, Virginia. He’s  been enamored by the outdoors and all outdoor activities his entre life. Being part of the Walkabout Outfitter team allows him to spread that love of the outdoors to others. He enjoys meeting new people and helping them prepare for awesome adventure!

Stop by anytime today or tomorrow — Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28 — to say hello to Tim. We’ll have free snacks and you will be entered to win a prize when you mention this email!

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Meet the Staff: Tim Pohlad-Thomas

Tim Pohlad-Thomas

 

Where are you from?

I am originally from Ferrum, VA and I now reside in Roanoke, VA.

What Walkabout location do you work at?

As of March 1st, I have taken over as Manager of the Downtown Roanoke Walkabout Outfitter.

What do you enjoy most about working at Walkabout Outfitter?

My entire life I have been enamored by the outdoors and all outdoor activities. Working at Walkabout allows me to spread that love of the outdoors to anyone that comes into the store. It also allows me to meet some amazing people and help people prepare for awesome adventures!

What is your first childhood memory of camping or being outdoors?

I do not have one specific memory of camping and being outdoors, I have an entire childhood of camping and outdoor adventures. Every summer my parents, my brother and I would load up into our 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon and travel all around the US camping and enjoying National Parks the whole way. This yearly adventure allowed me to see amazing things and to be able to say that I have camped in all of the 48 contiguous states!

What first interested you in the outdoors?

Growing up in a house with 30 acres of land and parents who are Environmental Scientists has influenced me to always strive to learn more and experience new things. When I was young these adventures always included running around in the woods, making forts, and just all around exploration of the land that we had. Once I started exploring I was hooked and never looked back!

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I have done just about any outdoor activity you could think of in my lifetime but, BY FAR, my favorite is hiking. I think this also relates to my favorite animal, the turtle, which taught me, “Slow and steady wins the race”.

What is your “must have” piece of gear from Walkabout Outfitter?

While I could classify just about everything in our stores as a “must have” since I have used it all in one way or another, I would say my most used product in our stores are my Injinji socks. I wear them all the time and have styles ranging from running to hiking. That being said, the product I have been dreaming about since it arrived at our store is the Osprey Atmos AG 50. As soon as I put this pack on I knew it was time to replace my pack of 15 years.

What has been your most exciting outdoor adventure?

My most exciting outdoor adventure, hands down, was when I spent an entire summer in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Payette National Forest) just outside of McCall, Idaho. I worked with a small team hiking throughout the 2.3 million acre wilderness clearing trails and building new trails. Not only was it amazing to see the beautiful scenery but being away from civilization for that long allowed me to appreciate things from daily life that much more. Not only did I enjoy this experience but it changed my life forever.

If you could have your “Dream Expedition”, where would you go?

I have always dreamed of exploring the many wonders of Machu Picchu. That being said, one of the coolest things I have ever heard of and has been on my mind since I did is the World Race. The World Race is a stretching journey into 11 countries in 11 months to serve “the least of these” while amongst real and raw community.

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We’re Hiring!

We're Hiring!

Join the Walkabout Family
Store Manager, Valley View Mall, Roanoke, VA

Are you …

  • Customer service driven?
  • Energetic? Enthusiastic and extremely proactive?
  • A self-starter? Must be able to figure things out on your own.
  • Computer-savvy? We use Excel, Word, Publisher, Intuit POS and more.
  • Goal oriented? We set sales goals every month.
  • Highly organized? Retail management is a lot of work and includes scheduling & supervising staff, ordering supplies & merchandise, customer service, follow up and much more.
  • Hard working? Doing what it takes to get the job done.

We are a small, but fast-paced outfitter selling high quality products for camping hiking and travel with a focus on everyday lifestyle clothing. We are in search for a self-driven, highly organized individual to manage our Valley View location. Primary responsibilities include: sales, supervision, store operations, team building, and marketing. Must be willing to work weekends & some holidays.

We offer …

  • Opportunity to learn to run your own store
  • Paid vacation & holidays
  • Insurance cost sharing
  • Store discount
  • Competitive retail salary
  • Sales goal bonuses
Please visit WalkaboutOufitter.com and follow instructions on how to apply. 
We look forward to hearing from you!
Walkabout Outfitter is a totally smoke-free workplace.
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Gear Highlight: Chaco Wrist Wraps

Chaco Wrist Wraps

 

Description:

Put your Chaco pride on display with our webbing Wrist Wrap, made from the same polyester jacquard straps as our Classic Z sandals. Just grip the webbing strap, wrap around your wrist, and pull through the buckle to tighten. Wrist Wraps come in a variety of patterns and colors. One size. Assembled in the U.S.A.

Specs:

• Comfortable polyester jacquard webbing with Chaco Gecko buckle for secure fit
• 8.5mm wide and 25″ length
• Assembled in USA

ALL COLORS AVAILABLE IN STORES NOW!

Our Price: $10.00

 

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Gear Highlight: Chaco ZX/3® Yampa Sandal

Chaco ZX/3® Yampa Sandal

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Description:

You can’t improve on perfection, but you can certainly embellish it. With the ZX/3®Yampa, we followed that logic and added a third webbing strap for a stylish update to our popular double-strapped women’s sandal. Three jacquard webbing straps wrap through the midsole and around the foot for ultimate control and stability, while your foot rests in the APMA-certified comfort of our LUVSEAT™ PU footbed. Featuring our Classic Vibram Yampa outsole and bright color options, the ZX/3® Yampa is a necessary addition to any serious adventurer’s pack or closet.

Specs:

UPPER:
• Triple-strapped polyester jacquard webbing upper wraps around the foot and through the midsole for a customized fit
• Toe loop for secure movement
• Adjustable and durable high-tensile webbing heel risers
• Injection-molded ladder lock buckle

MIDSOLE:
• Women’s specific LUVSEAT™ PU midsole

OUTSOLE:
• Yampa outsole
• Non-marking Vibram® TC-1 compound
• 3mm lug depth

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Our Price: $105.00

 

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Get a Yummy Taste of the Trail in Harrisonburg

In honor of Harrisonburg’s Taste of Downtown, our Harrisonburg store will present “Taste of the Trail” on Saturday, March 14. Stop by for a free sample of delicious trail-side cooking. Bring in a great recipe or dish of your own to share for a free gift! No need to RSVP, just come on in anytime, all day.

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Find the Leprechauns & Win Gold!

How Many Can YOU Find in Our Store?

Come in between Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17 to see new Spring clothes, shoes, socks, gear and accessories, as well as what remains of our 50% OFF Winter Clearance Sale, and be on the lookout for leprechauns around the shop. Count as many as you can and fill out an entry form.

On Wednesday, March 18, a winner will be drawn:

  • First Prize: $25 Gift to You
  • Second Prize: $15 Gift to You
  • Third Prize: A Walkabout Outfitter water bottle

 

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Gear Highlight: Goal Zero Flip 10 Recharger

Goal Zero Flip 10 Recharger

 

Description:

Harnessing a single charge for your phone, fitness tracker or other small device, this compact USB-rechargeable battery livens up your off-grid adventures and slips easily into your pocket or pack.

Charging:

There are 2 ways to charge the Flip 10 Recharger:

The Sun
The Flip 10 can be charged by connecting a compatible solar panel. The Nomad 7 Solar Panel recharges the Flip 10 in 2.5 – 5 hours.

USB
The Flip 10 can also be charged by being plugged into a USB power source.

Powering:

The Flip 10 Recharger powers your device by:

USB & Micro USB
The USB port best charges all your smaller USB powered devices. USB flip tip for charging in. USB output (with included) micro USB cable) for charging out.

How long will it take to charge your device from Goal Zero power packs?

It takes the same amount of time to charge your device from a Goal Zero power pack as it does from the wall.

 

Specs:

General:

  • Chainable: No
  • Weight: 2.5 oz (70 g)
  • Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.75 x 0.75 in (9.2 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm)
  • Operating usage temp.: 32-104 F (0-40 C)
  • Certs: CE, FCC, ROHS
  • Warranty 12 months

Charge Times:

  • USB Power Source: 2.5 hours
  • Wall: n/a
  • Car: n/a
  • Nomad 7 Solar Panel: 2.5 – 5 Hours

Battery Details:

  • Battery Type: Li-ion NMC
  • Battery Size: 9.4Wh (3.6V, 2600mAh)
  • Lifecycles: hundreds of cycles
  • Shelf-life: Keep plugged in, or charge every 3-6 months
  • Fuses: none
  • Management system: Charging and low-battery protection built-in

Ports:

  • USB Port (output): 5V, up to 1A (5W max), regulated
  • USB Port (input): 5V, up to 1A (5W max), regulated

 

Our Price: $29.99

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Gear Highlight: Osprey Atmos AG™ 50 and Aura AG™ 50

Osprey Atmos AG™ 50 and Aura AG™ 50

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The new 2015 Osprey Atmos/Aura AG series has been selected as one of Backpacker Magazine‘s 2015 Editors’ Choice winners! Our revolutionary Anti-Gravity (AG) suspension system is a product of 40 years of Osprey innovation & we’re thrilled to be recognized by Backpacker with this prestigious award.

Atmos AG™ 50

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Description:

The Atmos AG™ 50 introduces the Anti-Gravity™ suspension* system to a new line of ventilated backpacks.  This 3D suspension system contours your body providing seamless comfort allowing the user mobility with ease on any multi-day backpacking trip.

*Osprey Anti-Gravity™ [AG™]
A continuous panel of lightweight mesh extends from the top of the backpanel to the hipbelt.  The seamless structure contours automatically to the body, providing outstanding fit and unrestricted movement when wearing the pack.

  • Pack includes internal hydration sleeve (reservoir not included), integrated raincover, and a bonus 3-liter dry sack for critical gear and electronics
  • Continuous mesh webbing extends through the back panel and hipbelt, automatically contouring the body for outstanding fit and mobility whether the pack is empty or full
  • Upper and lower side compression straps reduce bulk and stabilize loads for optimal weight distribution and carrying comfort
  • Removable floating lid contains 2 zippered pockets for quick-access essentials
  • Integrated FlapJacket™ protects contents from foul weather and rain during lidless use
  • Dual stretch-mesh side pockets, zippered hipbelt pockets, and large front stash pocket offer additional storage and organization
  • Back bottom contains zippered sleeping bag compartment
  • Pack exterior also features ice tool loops with bungee tie-offs and a trekking pole attachment

 

Specs:

Best use Backpacking Backpacking Backpacking
Frame type Internal Internal Internal
Gear capacity (L) 47 liters 50 liters 53 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.) 2,868 cubic inches 3,051 cubic inches 3,234 cubic inches
Weight 3 lbs. 15 oz. 4 lbs. 4 oz. 4 lbs. 5 oz.
Weight – metric 1.79 kilograms 1.93 kilograms 1.96 kilograms
Adjustable torso Yes Yes Yes
Fits torso 16 – 19 inches 18 – 21 inches 20 – 23 inches
Fits waist/hips 24 – 45 inches 27 – 48 inches 29 – 55 inches
Material(s) Nylon Nylon Nylon
Frame material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Number of stays 1 peripheral hoop 1 peripheral hoop 1 peripheral hoop
Suspended mesh back panel Yes Yes Yes
Pack loading Top Top Top
Pack access Top/bottom Top/bottom Top/bottom
Number of exterior pockets 8 + main compartment 8 + main compartment 8 + main compartment
Sleeping bag compartment Yes Yes Yes

Our Price: $229.95

 

Aura AG™ 50

Aura AG

Description:

The women’s specific Aura AG™ 50 introduces the Anti-Gravity™ suspension* system to a new line of ventilated backpacks.  This 3D suspension system contours your body providing seamless comfort allowing the user mobility with ease on any multi-day backpacking trip.

*Osprey Anti-Gravity™ [AG™]
A continuous panel of lightweight mesh extends from the top of the backpanel to the hipbelt.  The seamless structure contours automatically to the body, providing outstanding fit and unrestricted

  • Pack includes internal hydration sleeve (reservoir not included), integrated raincover, and a bonus 3-liter dry sack for critical gear and electronics
  • Continuous mesh webbing extends through the back panel and hipbelt, automatically contouring the body for outstanding fit and mobility whether the pack is empty or full
  • Upper and lower side compression straps reduce bulk and stabilize loads for optimal weight distribution and carrying comfort; also has internal top compression strap
  • Removable floating lid contains 2 zippered pockets for quick-access essentials
  • Integrated FlapJacket™ protects contents from foul weather and rain while using without the lid
  • Dual stretch-mesh side pockets, zippered hipbelt pockets and large front stash pocket offer additional storage and organization
  • Back bottom contains zippered sleeping bag compartment
  • Pack exterior also features ice tool loops with bungee tie-offs and a trekking pole attachment

 

Specs:

Best use Backpacking Backpacking Backpacking
Frame type Internal Internal Internal
Ultralight No No No
Gear capacity (L) 45 liters 47 liters 50 liters
Gear capacity (cu. in.) 2745 cubic inches 2868 cubic inches 3051 cubic inches
Weight 3 lbs. 10.9 oz. 3 lbs. 12 oz. 3 lbs. 13 oz.
Weight – metric 1.67 kilograms 1.70 kilograms 1.73 kilograms
Adjustable torso Yes Yes Yes
Fits torso 14-17 inches 16-19 inches 18-21 inches
Fits waist/hips 24-45 inches 24-45 inches 27-48 inches
Material(s) 100-denier x 630-denier nylon dobby/420HD nylon packcloth 100-denier x 630-denier nylon dobby/420HD nylon packcloth 100-denier x 630-denier nylon dobby/420HD nylon packcloth
Frame material LightWire LightWire LightWire
Number of stays 1 peripheral hoop 1 peripheral hoop 1 peripheral hoop
Suspended mesh back panel Yes Yes Yes
Pack loading Top Top Top
Pack access Top / Bottom Top / Bottom Top / Bottom
Number of exterior pockets 11 11 11
Sleeping bag compartment Yes Yes Yes

 

Our Price: $229.95

 

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