A collection of personal thoughts and experiences - mostly centered around running.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The original pack: Nathan Proton
*Initial thoughts: Good light pack, but lacked a lumbar strap and the support provided; not enough easy access to fuel and misc.; mild to moderate bounce when full (70oz.).
Added: 1) waist strap from a Camelbak Cloud Walker pack 2) velcro to straps 3) pouches from Nathan 2-bottle belt
AT ready and prepared for further testing and tweaking
Testing Update: After two substantially long runs (5.5 hrs and 9 hrs), the altered pack performed superbly. The lumbar strap seems to have minimized any of the previous "bounce" of the full hydration pack and greatly added to the functionality. The pouches made access to gels, food, gloves, etc. far more painless and efficient. The only negative that I found was a bit of chaffing around the under-arm and waist -- of course it was raining and any pack or clothing will give a few problems in constant rain. The added bonus of this design is that it should free-up my hands for use of trekking poles from time to time on the Trail and allow me to carry enough fuel for some of the longer sections. There is always room for improvement, but for now, I think I've found a winner.