words/images Judith Ecochard
The haulers we use to haul around our stuff (on an incline, or not)- are haulers conjured up by those with engineering degrees-we think...or are somewhere on some spatial smart person spectrum.
It is truly amazing how the lighter/faster get-up and go hiking/trekking/camping/canoe-ing experiences-created the need for an understanding of anatomical ergonomics--- resulting in so many backpack/portage innovations.
From one of the best--- Granite Gear-highlights for Spring 2013:
|Air Zip Twists-water resistant zippers, ultralight and made of durable Cordura® 30 D Sil-Nylon|
|lots of color options and packaged in a reusable stash packaging-sold in sets of 2...four sizes $28.95-$42.95|
|Leonard V.C. 46 and Leopard V.C. 46 Ki in skyblue/slate|
|dual density hip belt and shoulder straps---AND pictured.the HDPE die-cut sheet that supports 35lbs|
|Leopard A.C. 58-slate/ethereal|
|Leopard A.C. 58|
|dual density hip belt and shoulder straps,|
|molded air channels vents heat and moisture away|
|molded foam pad works w/ frame pictured above--allows for natural evaporative cooling|
|attach crampon holster|
|mesh pocket inside lid|
|one hand easy use cinches -attach stuff here too|
|stretch woven wand pockets-sulpher/java|
|stretch woven pocket on front-zips on side so stuff doesn't fall out when opening|
|roll top closure, removable floating lid|
|flap with ax cinches and 2 zippered pockets, or as loops for any attachments|
|Vapor Current Airbeam Frame-3oz ($49.95) -compatible upgrade for all Vapor Current Packs including new Leopard VC 46, ACI VC 50+Crown VC 60, saves 3oz over standard VC frame and improves performance to 40lbs load, can double as sleeping pad extender|
|Crampon Holster $29.95-very handy-voile straps fo secure fit, hypalon for abrasion, removable, fits Leopard VC 46 + Leopard 58|
|Tool Loops-$18.95-attach away-allows for customizable hip belt-on left or right side, fits packs with mole webbing on belt|
TRIBALCO. and Granite Gear:
Think you have "needs' to carry---try carting around complete "Tactical Combat Casualty Care Casualty Evacuation Systems" (CASEVAC) sets---- in "far forward and austere environments"like war zones...official and off a map spots---somewhere.
Tribalco...had some of it's winning Integrated Casualty Solution (TICS®) -the four kits for Extraction, Mobility, Transportation and Sustainment...on display at Granite Gear's exhibit space, as the latter was integral in the design and production of these highly advanced kits-(along with 80 other companies involved in this-so we were told).
Impressive beyond...and why we were so captivated by this---besides the whole genius practicality and life saving-ness of it all---is that say, unlike Supply Side Economics---there really is a trickle down effect from all the advanced gear developments, spurred on by military needs-down to and benefiting the civilian market.
|in the background-custom Rotomold transit cases-ideal for TICS® application- impervious to moisture, dust, sand and battlefield containments|
|Extraction module-packable/ portable without external support|
|rope down equipment and harnesses included for high angle ascents and descents-can also include high volume, low pressure lift bags to inflate in case of a building collapse or trapped under a vehicle-to perform stable lifts.|
|this is exactly what it looks like- a military version of the jaws of life weighs 63lbs but has 18,000lbs of cutting pressure-can cut through a tanker|
Removable pouches, modules for advanced cardiac care, and systems of small light-weight interlocking carbon fiber cases-all to provide advanced medical care contain-for example-individual first aid kits, patient and vehicle attachment straps, supplies to treat mass hemorrhage (including pads able to soak up body fluids so other soldiers don't slide out of a helicopter), circulation, monitors, defibrillator, ACLS meds, emergency cricothyrotomy kit, rapid intubation system, powered and unpowered options to treat hypothermia...etc.
|packs down fast, organized, ready to go-fast|