The new Skyline 15 and 25 packs (and the top loading version, Traverse 35/40) have the patent pending Switchback suspension system.
These packs are designed specifically for hiking and do a superb job of securely carrying the tools of the trade. Skyline 15 and 25 are zipper access panel loading packs that maximize organization. Multiple internal and external pockets keep snacks, camera, phone, sunscreen, lip balm, water bottles, sunglasses and extra clothing close at hand. Trekking poles and ice axe are easily attached to the outside panel.
Two hip belt pockets allow phones, small cameras and other small items to be carried within easy reach.
The Switchback suspension system is unique and patent pending. Plush shoulder straps, back panel and hip belt are covered in mesh for moisture control and quick drying. Note that there is a zipper accessed pocket on the bottom containing a waterproof cover for those inevitable rainy days. Hydration systems are accommodated by a universal hanger on the inside as well as a pouch to separate water from other items. A port between the shoulder strap attachment points brings the drink tube out and two keepers on the shoulder straps hold it in place.
The Switchback suspension system is all about versatility. For rough and technical terrain, when the load must be held close to the back, the Switchband is relaxed and allows full contact between the pack and users back. Maximum stability! For times when maximum ventilation is needed, Switchband is engaged and an air space between pack and wearer is created that enhances air movement and evaporation of sweat on the go.
Switchband, shown above, is engaged by way of a velcro strap and bows the dual internal frame stays.
Above: Switchband is relaxed so the pack can be held close to the back and balance enhanced. Going from a curved panel to contact mode is very quick.
Specialty shops will have them in stock in March of 2017. Skyline (and top loading version Traverse) will be the most advanced daypacks available anywhere.