Three new packs that are new to the USA in spring 2014. Left to right: Glissade 35, Core 25 and Mountain Pro 20. 

There are many advantages to using a Shrink Bag, starting with the wide mouth design. 

The Lightning series of packs (Lightning 45 & Lightning 60) are often thought of as backpacking packs. They certainly are outstanding for this application, no doubt about it. In fact, they were designed with backpacking and thru-hiking as the primary activities. But during the months and years of development (and since) it became clear that these packs would have much broader capabilities. 

Hammocks are often considered a summer-only piece of gear. Well, they certainly are great on a warm evening, slowly swinging their occupants to sleep. But hammocks aren't too bad in winter either, under certain circumstances.