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Podcast Episode May 17, 2022

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Stream Summary

In this episode, Ryan and Andrew discuss how and why to use a frameless pack while backpacking.


  • 00:00:18 – introduction, podcast overview
  • 00:01:04 – What is a frameless pack?
  • 00:02:05 – pack suspension vs. load carry comfort
  • 00:04:08 – When and why would someone choose to use a frameless backpack?
  • 00:08:18 – utilizing sleeping pads to shape and stabilize a frameless pack
  • 00:09:51 – hybrid frameless packs / packs with external foam “sit-pad”
  • 00:11:06 – using Hyperlight Mountain Gear pods versus stuff sacks to shape and stabilize a frameless pack
  • 00:12:00 – training when utilizing a frameless pack
  • 00:13:41 – more tips on packing a frameless pack: placement of soft vs. hard items; weight distribution
  • 00:16:34 – hip belts in frameless packs
  • 00:17:29 – Gear Recommendations; focus on Atom Packs Nanu X25, Bears Ears 50, Mountain Smith Zerk 40
  • 00:20:46 – podcast wrap-up and conclusion


  • For more information about lightweight and ultralight backpacks, check out The Backpacks Trailhead.
  • Check out a review of the Atom Packs Nanu X25 Pack written by Andrew Marshall. Purchase the Atom Packs Nanu X25 Pack here.
  • The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods were featured in our 2021 Publisher’s Gear Guide. You can purchase the Pods here.
  • Andrew Marshall Reviewed the Nunatak Gear Bears Ears 50 Backpack. Purchase the Bears Ears 50 here.
  • Mountainsmith Zerk 40 Backpack

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