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December 2014 - Welcome to ZPacks!

Need your order right away? The following new Tents and Sleeping Bags are In Stock, we also have several backpacks and other items in our Bargain Bin.

Most accessory items are in stock and are shipping in a day or two. Larger items are shipping in 2-3 weeks. If you need your order to be delivered by a certain date please email us after you order and we will schedule accordingly if possible. All ZPacks gear is made for you right here in our US workshop.
ZPacks™ "Exo" Backpack

Description:
The Exo is unique in that it has an ultralight external frame which allows the user to move the shoulder straps up or down for a perfect fit on a range of torso heights.

The pack is constructed from tough 2.92 oz/sqyd Cuben Hybrid fabric. The material is just like the Cuben Fiber on our Blast backpacks, except with a protective layer of 50 denier Polyester on the outside. The outer layer gives it even more strength, prevents fraying, and gives it a nice solid color. The material and design can handle loads up to 30 lbs (14 kg).

Specifications:
Exo Backpack - 14 ounces (397 grams), $259

Main body (2,400 ci) + Mesh center pocket (550 ci) + Side pockets (250 ci)
Total volume-  3,200 Cubic Inches / 52 Liters

Dimensions:
12.25" wide x 6.5" deep x 29" tall (31 cm x 16.5 cm x 74 cm).

Standard Features on the Exo backpack:

  • An ultralight external carbon fiber frame keeps the pack stiff so that most weight is carried on the hips instead of the shoulders. The entire frame can be removed or replaced.

    You can move the shoulder straps up or down the frame to find your perfect torso height.

    Shock cord is now included to lash a foam sit pad or a sleeping pad against the frame if you choose for padding. SitLight foam pads are available below if you need one.

    This Exo Video shows some of the pack features, and how to adjust the frame. Note that the frame is now thicker / tougher than the original shown in the video from 2011.
     
  • Roll top closure (like our dry bags) keeps water out, and lets you roll down the top as your gear load shrinks.
     
  • Comfy 3/8" thick padded contoured shoulder straps and padded belt. Both the straps and the belt have a daisy chain for clipping on items, and an adjustable position sternum strap is also included.
     
  • Side pockets are sized to fit 1 or 1.5 liter bottles. They are positioned low on the pack and slanted forward for easy access without removing the pack. The pockets have drainage holes at the bottom.
     
  • Large stretchy mesh center pocket is great for quick access items. Mesh also lets you dry wet clothing and gives you a clear view of your gear.
     
  • Two sets of compression straps on each side of the pack let you squish down the pack volume and also allow you to stand tall items like trekking poles in the side pockets.
     
  • A top strap, and base straps allow you to lash on extra items to the top or base of the pack.
     
  • A centrally located Hydration Port is included to string out a drinking tube over either the left or right shoulder. A water bladder can either be hung from an internal hang loop, or laid horizontally on top of your gear.
     
  • Roughly 3,200 cubic inch (52 Liter) volume is enough for extended trips. The pack can be compressed down with the roll top and side straps for short trips, or use the top strap and base straps to lash extra stuff to to the outside for long carries.
     
  • A Bear Cansiter can easily fit standing vertically. Pack clothing or your sleeping pad around it for padding.
     
  • All ZPacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Returns or exchanges are welcome, even on custom gear.

Torso Height:
The torso height on this pack is measured from the bottom of the padded belt to where the shoulder straps are attached to the frame's cross bar.

By default the cross bar can be adjusted by you from 19" up to 22".  The 21" setting fits me well at 5' 9" tall.

You can choose "short" to add extra spacer pieces which will extend the range down to 17" to 22".

Or choose "tall", which boosts the range to 21" to 24" as measured up from the bottom of the belt.

Belt Length:
The default padded belt will fit 30" to 40" hips. Longer belt webbing can be selected. Smaller belts are available on request.

Ordering:
Don't forget to scroll down through the additional options!

There is a waiting list for this item, see the notice at the top of the page.

Exo Backpack - 14 ounces (397 grams), $259
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Notes
This pack has been discontinued. Try the newer Arc Blast!
 

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Add Options:
Backpacks are typically built right when you order with the options you specify. Returns or exchanges are always accepted, even on custom built packs.
 


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Zippered Belt Pouches
These pouches clip securely to the daisy chain on your padded belt. They have a waterproof zipper for easy access and minimal seams for water resistance. Each pouch has about 1 liter of volume and is perfect for maps, snacks, hat and gloves, gadgets, you name it.

These are detachable and can be used on non-ZPacks backpacks as well. They are symmetrical and can be switched left or right.

Made from the 2.92 oz/sqyd Cuben Hybrid material for extra durability.

Weight .75 oz / 21 grams each  Price: $19.95 each / $38 per pair
 
Zippered Belt Pouch
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Shoulder Pouches
These clip to your shoulder straps and are an excellent spot for your camera, GPS, phone, sunglasses, or other items that you want to grab quickly. Mesh on the front of the pouch gives you additional storage for small items like chap stick, keys, etc. They can also be used for .5L water bottles to counter balance a small pack.

These are detachable and can be used on non-ZPacks backpacks as well. They are symmetrical and can be switched left or right.

Made from black 1.0 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber.

More Details Here

Weight: .3 oz  /  8.5 grams each   Price: $21.95 each / $41.95 pair
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Multi-Pack - Four in One Backpack Lid / Chest Pack / Belt Pack
This four-in-one backpack accessory can be attached to the top of your pack as a lid, carried on your chest as a front pack, or worn at your waist as a fanny pack, or carried over your shoulder as a satchel.  About 3.5 liters / 215 cubic inches volume.

Made from 2.92 oz/sqyd Cuben Hybrid fabric.

More Details Here

Weight:
2.8 ounces - 80 grams   Price: $39.95
 
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Top Side Pockets
A second set of mesh pockets can be attached above the standard side pockets. Each pocket has a sleeve at the top and bottom, and your pack's side straps go through the sleeves to hold these in place. Since these are not sewn to the pack you can still stand a tall item like a trekking pole, umbrella, or a fishing pole behind the pockets. The pockets can be taken off or added later.

The dimensions are roughly 6" wide x 3" deep x 8" tall. They are a good fit for:
-A 1 Liter or smaller pot
-A 1 Liter water bottle
-A water filter
-A poncho or light jacket
-Hat and gloves
-A NeoAir sleeping pad.

Weight: .5 oz / 14 grams each   Price: $15 each / $29 per pair
 
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Top Side Pockets
A second set of mesh pockets can be attached above the standard side pockets. Each pocket has a sleeve at the top and bottom, and your pack's side straps go through the sleeves to hold these in place. Since these are not sewn to the pack you can still stand a tall item like a trekking pole, umbrella, or a fishing pole behind the pockets. The pockets can be taken off or added later.

The dimensions are roughly 6" wide x 3" deep x 8" tall. They are a good fit for:
-A 1 Liter or smaller pot
-A 1 Liter water bottle
-A water filter
-A poncho or light jacket
-Hat and gloves
-A NeoAir sleeping pad.

Weight: .4 oz / 11 grams each   Price: $15 each / $29 per pair
 
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Gossamer Gear SitLight Foam Pad
The Exo includes thin shock cord for lashing on padding against your back. A Gossamer Gear SitLight pad happens to be a perfect fit, and it is easy to grab for breaks. Using foam is not required, but if you don't already have a pad and you want one grab it here.

Dimensions: 10 x 19 x ¾ in. (25 x 48 x 2 cm)
Weight: 2.1 oz  /  15 grams    Price: $9
 
Sleeping Pad Holsters
These triangular holsters are a more sturdy alternative to the shock cord that is included with the pack by default (seen above). The holsters allow you to store a folded sleeping pad or sit pad against your back for padding. Storing your pad outside the pack frees up pack real estate and allows you to remove your pad on breaks.

These are attached with adjustable elastic bands and will fit just about any folded pad. A Gossamer Gear Nightlight Torso Pad is shown. The holsters are detachable.

Weight: .55 oz  /  15 grams    Price: $15 per pair.
 
Ice Axe Loops
A pair of loops are tied on at each side of the pack for securing one or two ice axes, one at each corner. The head of each axe secures through a loop at the bottom, the handle is kept tight at the top with a shock cord band. The loops can all come off when you aren't carrying axes.

Weight: .1 oz  /  3 grams    Price: $3
 

Load Lifter Straps
A pair of load lifter straps can be sewn to your shoulder straps. These can be helpful to pull the shoulder straps up, and pull the top of the pack in towards the shoulders.

Weight: .2 oz  / 5.7 grams    Price: $6

Shock Cord Lashing
3/32" Shock cord is criss-crossed along the front of the backpack. It can be used to compress the pack, or to strap on items. The shock cord can be detached when not needed. It does get in the way of the center pocket a bit which is why it is left off by default.

Weight: .5 oz  /  14 grams    Price: $6

Roll Top Dry Bags
Up to 6 size medium roll top bags will fit inside the body of the pack, and up to 3 more can be strapped on to the top or bottom for long carries. That's alot of capacity! Put your heaviest items (food, water) on the inside of the pack, and lightweight items (tent, clothes, pad) on the outside if you run out of internal space.

The medium or large rectangle sizes are a good fit for this pack.

Click here for more details on roll top bags

Our Medium, or Large Rectangle size cuben stuff sacks and food bags are also a good fit.

A medium cuben fiber Pack Cover, or a Pack Liner are also sized for this pack.
Custom Options
If you have made special arrangements you can enter a description and amount owed in the boxes below. You can also use this box to add notes to your order, just leave the amount at $0.

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Who we are:
Joe Valesko founded ZPacks in 2005. He designed and tested all the gear, and has thru-hiked over 9,600 long distance miles including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Te Araroa Trail, and TGOC Scotland. Joe is available to answer any questions about gear recommendations, sizing, trail info, or anything requiring an experienced opinion.

Matt Favero receives your orders, oversees production at our shop, and ships out your orders. He has hiked much of the Florida Trail, parts of the AT, and TGOC Scotland. Matt handles most routine emails about your order. We love feedback and suggestions about our gear!

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