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"Overall, this is a well designed, functional, light backpack that can carry significant weight if needed. It will provide a versatile solution for hikers and others who want a backpack for many uses on high mountains and trails anywhere you may roam."
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The Flex Capacitor features a unique patent pending gusset system that allows the pack to quickly and easily expand from 40-60 liters with the adjustment of a few straps. Instead of expanding up like other packs, the circumference of flex expands to provide a more stable and comfortable load carry.
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Packbag Key Features
Suspension Key Features
|TORSO SIZE||Small 16" - 18"||Medium 18"-20"||Large 20"-22"|
|VOLUME (Cubic Inches)||2400-3400||2550-3650||2750-3900|
|WEIGHT||2 lbs. 9 oz.||2 lbs. 10 oz.||2 lbs. 11 oz.|
|DIMENSIONS (LxWxD)||27" x 13 "x 10"||28.5" x 13" x 10"||30" x 13" x 10"|
|WAISTBELT SIZE||29" - 42"||31" - 44"||34" - 47"|
|OPTIMAL CARRY WEIGHT||35-50 lbs.||35-50 lbs.||35-50 lbs|
Totally impressed by this backpack. The FC is a great design for being in between lightweight and full backpacks. I have been using an Osprey Atoms 50 AG. The FC carried the weight just as good and I actually found I like the breathability of the FC better than the mesh that covers your back on the AG.
With no bottom zipper I recommend watching how to pack video. This makes you think more about how to back and I not miss having the lower access. The big open top was great and liked the easy wide access. Plenty of areas to strap on gear on the outside. PeterB on Nov 27th 2016
I just got back from a 4 night backpack in big bend with this pack. Pack worked great for me and my wife. Fit was great no hot spots from fitment. Loaded the pack sit well. The simplicity of the compartments is really nice. The rear storage compartments on the sides are great for bottles you can still reach them easily with pack on. Storage on the hip belt is great. Bag on the front strap is great place for my GPS. I was really surprised how breathable the back area was . Great pack overall. Travis on Nov 26th 2016
I purchased the Flex Capicitor in an effort to reduce my pack weight. I just finished a 10 day, 113 mile section hike on the AT and couldn't be happier with how this pack carried my gear. I loaded the pack with my tent (High Route), sleeping bag, 15 lbs of food, and a few other minimal items. The pack feels like it molds to your back. It has a padded lumbar pad (baby bump) that sits perfectly above your waist when you tighten the waist belt up. This keeps all the weight off your shoulders and makes the pack very comfortable to wear. The belt pockets are large enough to hold a small digital camera, iPhone 6 or a Ruger .380 pistol. The side pockets are plenty large enough to hold a 1 liter Smartwater bottle and a few snacks. As you eat your food and reduce needed pack volume just tighten up the compression straps and hike on. The shoulder strap has a nice water bottle holder that is very accessible. The top compartment is great for maps and smaller items.
Overall, I was very satisfied with the weight, design, and simplicity of this pack. Can't wait for item 3 from Andrew Skurka. Dennis Blackerby on Nov 25th 2016
I purchased the Flex Capacitor during the pre-sale period and received it last week. Right out of the box I knew we had something good. As Andrew Skurka and others had mentioned in their blogs and responses, I found the pack to be exactly as described. Simple, capable, potentially tough. To be fair, I have not put it through "the paces" yet, but have hiked 8 miles with a 30-lb load on relatively flat woodland trail. My intent was to gauge the fit under the load and make adjustments in a benign environment. It appears to be well constructed and reinforced in the right places. I will write a follow-up review in a few weeks after further activity. Great job! ps. I am 6'3" 220lbs and was just inside the size large torso measurement for this pack. Make sure you measure before ordering! Torch 5 on Oct 11th 2016
Feels great with some weight in it. It seems durable pockets are easy to access while wearing the pack. I'm looking forward to getting this pack dirty.
Would recommend. Gonzo on Oct 7th 2016
I knew that a pack Andrew Skurka helped design would be a great pack, and it is. Super lightweight for what it can carry, and it does carry a load really nicely straight on my back with the weight on the hip belt and no backward pull on my shoulders at all. The volume adjustment feature is no gimmick, it works really well.
Weight-wise and volume-wise this pack is similar to the Osprey Exos 58 backpack, but with the Flex Capacitor it's much easier to access the contents since the zip top is much quicker than undoing a bunch of clips and cinches. Similarly, the compression strap system is much more straightforward than the zig-zag straps on the Exos, which also makes it easier to strap things to the sides, such as poles or a tripod.
The only minor improvement I could imagine would be a bottom V-shaped compression strap to compress the entire bottom area when using as a day pack. Because this pack is so light I will definitely be using it as a daypack as well as overnighters.
Overall really pleased with this pack and look forward to many more miles and travels with it! Great job, Andrew! Jack Brauer on Oct 7th 2016