Granite Gear Stratus Flatbed
Looks unsafe and hopefully comes with real warning. Chainsaw would have to be TOTALLY cold to transport, otherwise hot exhaust on saw would likely melt nylon under it, especially that FUEL container shown in photo and blow up! For practical trail clearing use, this saw pack looks not the choice for cutting one to two limbs, a tree blown down across a trail and moving on.
- Looks cool.
- Not practical for trail clearing on a hiking trail.
That is a neat $359+ plus chainsaw pack you sent a link too...a great looking pack, but not quite practical nor safe for our use.
On the PMT we often have to stop, take out/off the saw, make one or two cuts and keep moving. See for our use on the PMT the ones brother Eddie has and mine (I made from a former nylon Boy Scouts pack I bought at a yardsale for $3) are just fine.
Now the one MAJOR safety drawback on the Stratus chainsaw backpack is not just the cost ($359) but that it is designed such that you can ONLY transport a totally cold chainsaw! With that Stratus pack, if you didn't let it cool You'd likely blow yourself up....the hot exhaust port on the front of a Stihl saw (a Husky in the ad) would melt anything nylon nearby and likely through the plastic fuel container shown in the photo. We use RED MSR aluminum fuel containers too.
I took a large "waist pack" and have it strapped to the top of my frame (holds oil, first aid kit, water/snacks, TP, saw tool and extra chain and such.) There is an "air space" between pack and saw exhaust. There is a nylon mesh bag that holds the bottom of the saw (with a lower center of gravity near your shoulders) and a quick clip strap holds bar in place. Two belts unclipped and I can have the saw off and ready to use.
We could purchase a newer frame, but so far our current ones do serve well.. Especially for what we not have in them money wise. Stratus pack $359 "Jim pack......$3"
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The Granite Gear Stratus Flatbed is the "flatbed truck" of the backcountry! From chain saws and trail maintenance gear, to elk quarters or outboard motors, strap just about anything to the Stratus Flat Flatbed Pack. Built with a beefed up Stratus frame and the expedition suspension, this pack can comfortably carry huge loads.
This is the flatbed truck of the backcountry! From chain saws and trail maintenance gear, to elk quarters or outboard motors, you can strap just about anything to Granite Gears new Flatbed Pack. Built with a beefed up Stratus frame and Granite Gears expedition suspension, this pack can comfortably carry huge loads.
Free Shipping. Granite Gear Stratus Flatbed Backpack (Fall 2009) Features for the Stratus Flatbed by Granite Gear:interchangeable beltinterchangeable shoulder strapstorso length adjustment on framesheetunique compression panel allows loading of cumbersome objectscruise controlFabrics:210 D Nylon Cordura BodyHypalonSpecifications:Use: Odd LoadsWeight: 5lbs 4oz. [2.38 kg]Load: 70+lbs [32+kg]Suspension: Beefed Up TepexStyle: Compression Panel
The heavy-duty hauler of the backcountry! The Stratus flatbed hauls your trail maintenance gear or heavy loads with its beefy suspension system. Bagless design features a front compression system that secures your load and makes it easy to strap on gear like a Pulaski or shovel. 3-D Composite framesheet and harness system evenly distributes your load and offers plenty of head room. Tepex framesheet supports heavy loads yet features a lightweight design. Standard Packer exoskeleton hipbelt's cupped design evenly distributes the load over and around your hipbones. Dual-density, laminated foam in shoulder straps and waistbelt effectively cushion the load and absorb shock.