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July 2014 - Welcome to ZPacks!

Backpacks, Shelters, Jackets and Sleeping bags are made to order and are shipping in about 5 weeks. Accessory items are shipping in a couple days to 2 weeks depending on if the items are in stock. If you need your order to arrive right away or by a certain date please feel free to ask and we will schedule accordingly.

We have a few items in our Bargain Bin available for immediate shipment.
ZPacks™ "Zero" Ultralight Backpack

Three Sizes to Choose From:

Size Small:
Body Volume: About 1,700 cubic inches / 27.5 liters
Weight: 4.0 ounces / 113 grams
Body Dimensions: 10" wide x 6" deep x 28" tall
(25.5cm x 15cm x 71cm)

Size Medium:
Body Volume: About 2,200 cubic inches / 36 liters
Weight: 4.2 ounces / 119 grams
Body Dimensions: 12" wide x 6" deep x 29" tall
(30.5cm x 15cm x 74cm)

Size Large:
Body Volume: About 2,800 cubic inches / 44 liters
Weight: 4.6 ounces / 130 grams
Body Dimensions: 13" wide x 6.5" deep x 31" tall
(33cm x 16.5cm x 79cm)

Two Materials to Choose From:

1.43 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber is difficult to puncture or tear and can last for a full 2,500+ mile thru-hike with some care and probably some repair tape. Tape sticks well to this material so repairs in the field are a cinch. Choose this material if you want the lightest pack possible.

2.92 oz/sqyd Cuben Hybrid material is the same Cuben fiber as above, except with a protective layer of 50 denier Polyester on the outside which gives it more strength, prevents fraying, and gives it a nice solid color. It is very tough and should last longer than a thru-hike. Choose this material if weight is not as critical and you want a pack that can take more abuse. The Arc Blast backpacks are made from this material.

Description:

The Zero is built just like the regular backpacks except that by default it has zero pockets or options. Add just the pockets and options you need to create a customized minimalist backpack.

  • Comfy 3/8" thick by 2.5" wide padded contoured shoulder straps. A daisy chain and sternum strap are now included in the price and weight. A belt and other options are available below.
     
  • Bonded reinforcements behind the shoulder straps (and belt if you add one), for a super secure hold.
     
  • All ZPacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship.
     
  • For more info check out the Backpack FAQs.
Size Small Shown:

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Jesse Bough has done a nice
Review of his Hybrid medium Zero

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Ray Estrella's Review of his vintage green Zero

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"
I just finished the 250km Racing the Planet Iceland race on August 10th. I ran using your small Zero Pack (with padded belt and pockets) and your 30F 900 Fill Sleeping Bag. In the pack I carried 7 days of food, rain gear, cold weather gear, your sleeping bag, and my other gear. The pack handled the 250km of running with no issue. I particularly liked the rain drain features in the bottom of the pack and side pockets. All my gear was in dry bags which were then stuffed inside the pack. The pack closed up tight with the draw string but even then there was enough rain that I was glad the water could drain out the bottom of the pack as I ran. No blisters, no chaffing."  --Nate E.

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

Don't forget to scroll down through the additional options!
 
1.43 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber Zero Backpack
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2.92 oz/sqyd Cuben Hybrid Zero Backpack
Size
Color

Add Options:
Backpacks are built when you order them with the options you specify. Returns or exchanges are always accepted, even on custom built packs.
 
Side Pockets
These pockets are the same as the pockets on the regular packs. They are sized to fit 1 or 1.5 liter bottles, and are positioned low on the pack and slanted forward for easy access without removing the pack. 2 or 3 Liter platypus style bottles will also fit.

All pockets have drain holes in the bottom to drain rain water. (Roughly 135 cubic inches / 2.2L each)

Weight: .4 oz / 12 grams each   Price: $15 each
 
Position
Center Pocket
A large center pocket is great for quick access items like food for the day, clothing etc. Mesh is a popular choice since you can see your gear and it lets you dry wet clothing. Mesh will hold more than a Cuben Fiber pocket since it stretches.

The dimensions of the pocket are 2" deep by 16" tall by the width of the pack you choose. Mesh stretches to about 3" deep. (Roughly 500 cubic inches / 8.2L)

Weight: .7 oz / 20 grams    Price: $15
 
Material:
Webbing Belt
A simple nylon webbing belt, available in .75" or 1" width, and various lengths. 1" is the most common width.

A belt adds stability, transfers weight off your shoulders, and allows you to hang the pack away from your back when its hot by loosening the shoulder straps.

We can also make this belt detachable but it adds about .2 to .3 oz.

Weight: 1.2 oz / 34 grams to 2 oz depending on length. Price: $10
 
Belt Size:
Detachable:

Padded Belt
This belt is made from 4" wide x 3/8" thick closed cell foam. The fabric will match your pack fabric.

There are 3 belt sizes to choose from. The indicated length is the minimum belt adjustment.

Measure tight around the spot where you want your belt to ride using a string or cloth tape measure. Don't rely on your pant size. Choose the largest belt that will fit safely if you lose weight. For example if you measure 31" or 32" a medium (30") belt should be good. If you measure 30" go down to a small (26") belt in case you lose weight.

Weight: 2 to 2.5 oz / 57 to 71 grams    Price: $30
Length:
Torso Height:
The torso height measurement on our packs is the actual distance on the backpack from the bottom of the belt to the top of the shoulder straps.

Check this Torso Height Measurement graphic to see how to measure.

The default / medium torso height on this pack will fit a 20" to 21" torso as measured. Taller and shorter torso heights can be selected.

Price: $0
Height:
Sternum Strap
A sternum strap made from 1/2" nylon webbing and a side release clip is added to your shoulder straps at chest level. It can be moved between multiple positions, and it comes off if you don't need it.

This is included in the price and weight.
Included

Hydration Port
A Hydration port can be added to your pack above the shoulder straps to string out a drinking tube. You can leave the bottle loose on top of your gear, or add a water sleeve below. The tube can come out over either shoulder.

Weight: .05 oz  /  2 gram    Price: $4
 

Water Sleeve
An internal pocket is added to the backpack to hold a water bladder against your back. It fits a 2 or 3 liter Platypus or other similarly sized bladders. This is usually combined with the hydration port above.

Pictured is a Blast 20 backpack turned inside out with a 3 liter platypus.

Weight: .3 oz  / 8.5 grams    Price: $15
Top Strap
A 1/2" webbing top strap is added to the top center of your pack for lashing an item above your pack's center pocket. Perfect for a stuff sack with rain gear, a sleeping pad, snow crampons or other items. The strap is detachable when you don't need it.

A top strap is extremely convenient for stowing rolled up rain gear in on and off rain, or for lashing a stuff sack of gear when the main body of your pack is full to the top with food.

Weight: .5 oz  /  14 grams    Price: $6
Base Straps
Two adjustable straps are added near the base of your pack. These can be used to secure a sleeping pad, a stuff sack, or other long item right below your pack's center pocket.

Weight: .3 oz  /  8.5 grams   Price: $9
Side Straps
A pair of adjustable side straps are added to the sides of this pack. They can be added near the top of the pack, or at the middle of the pack, or both.

The top side straps allow you to stand tall items like a trekking pole, fishing pole, or umbrella in the side pockets. They are also good for clipping small items like a hat, and for compressing the pack.

The middle side straps aid in compressing the pack, and let you secure tall water bottles, etc in the side pockets.

Weight: .3 oz  /  8.5 grams per pair  Price: $9 per pair
Position
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.

This includes seven small attachment loops that are sewn to your pack.

Weight: .5 oz  /  14 grams    Price: $12

Joe Says: In my experience the extra compression isn't necessary, but this is useful for securing items like wet clothing, wet tent etc.
Haul Loop
A simple webbing haul loop is added above the shoulder straps for lifting the pack. If you choose not to add this just lift by grabbing the top of the pack, or the straps.

Weight: .1 oz  /  3 gram   Price: $2
 
Roll Top Closure
By default the pack will have a draw cord closure. The draw cord can be secured near the bottom of the pack to cinch the pack smaller.

If you prefer a roll top closure like our dry bags instead then add this option.

Weight: .4 oz  /  11 grams   Price: $5
 
Ice Axe Loops
A pair of loops are added 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: .05 oz  /  1.4 grams per side    Price: $4 per side
 
Location:
Sleeping Pad Holsters
These triangular holsters allow you to store a folded sleeping pad or sit pad against your back for padding. Keeping your pad outside the pack frees up pack real estate inside your pack and allows you to remove your pad on breaks.

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

Weight: .5 oz  /  14 grams    Price: $15 per pair.
 
Sleeping Pad Shock Cord
Loops and shock cord are added to your pack to lash on a sit pad or sleeping pad against your back. This is an alternative to the holsters above.

Weight: .2 oz  /  6 grams    Price: $8
 

Load Lifter Straps
A pair of load lifter straps are sewn to your shoulder straps. Some people find these helpful to pull the top of the pack in towards their shoulders.

Weight: .2 oz  / 5.7 grams    Price: $8
Trekking Pole Holders
One adjustable shock cord loop is attached to your shoulder strap and another loop is attached to your belt to temporarily hold a trekking pole. These are convenient if you want to quickly stow your poles for climbing, or road walking, or other situations where you don't need your poles temporarily. You can stow them and retrieve them without stopping to remove your pack.

You can easily attach these to any older ZPacks backpacks, or other brand packs. They can be moved to either side, or you can get them on both sides.

Weight: .2 oz  /  6 grams per side    Price: $3 per side
Quantity
Belt Pouches
These pouches clip securely to the daisy chain on your padded belt. They have taped seams, a waterproof zipper, and are highly water resistant. 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.

Dimensions: About 6" wide, by 2" deep, by 5" tall.

Weight .75 oz / 21 grams each  Price: $21.95 each / $41.95 per pair
 
Belt Pouch Details Here
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.

Weight: .5 oz  /  14 grams each   Price: $21.95 each / $41.95 pair
Shoulder Pouch Details Here
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 hips as a fanny pack, or carried over your shoulder as a satchel.  About 3.5 liters / 215 cubic inches volume.

Weight:
2.8 ounces - 80 grams   Price: $39.95
 
Multi-Pack Details Here
Tape the Seams
Our Blast and Arc Blast backpacks are taped by default. If you would like to have all the seams on your Zero taped you can add it here. Tape strengthens the seams and keeps water out. You may still want a second layer of water defense like a pack liner or pack cover.

Weight:
.5 ounces - 14 grams   Price: $30
 
Custom Options
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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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