(rayestrella @ Dec. 09 2012, 8:42 am)
Is that black thing on the back the ZLite? Is that some kind of cover?
It looks like those front pockets can hold quite a bit.
I have some Ribz that I may try out this winter to try the concept.
Yes Ray, the sleeping pad is in a stuff sack. I started the hike with it lashed to the back of the pack but later in the hike I moved it to under the top flap. With it lashed to the back it made my profile too high when I needed to shimmy under trees that had fallen across the trail.
These balance pockets on the Aarn work the way they do because they are connected to the hip belt thus you have weight dearing down on the hip belt from both the back and the front.
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