It's built as a softpack, but has a sturdy external…
Design: External frame
Size: 110 litres
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 36 kg
Height of Owner: 173
Price Paid: 4000 SEK
It's built as a softpack, but has a sturdy external frame that closely follows the packs sides and bottom. This means that the LK100 is very nice to handle in dense vegetation, in fact it handles like a softpack.
The pack is made of 1000 deniers cordura and the frame is made of 12mm welded steelpipes. This is a sturdy construction, made primarily for use with the Swedish defence-forces Ranger units.
The main compartment is not divided. The layout is flat and the pack is coneshaped. This means the load is carried close to the back and high. Two pockets are placed on the sides and well away from the arms while skiing. The sidepockets are large. The top-pocket on the lid is also large and can accomodate a stove with fuel. The lid can be moved forward or lifted up for additional space, thus making it possible to fine-tune the balance of the pack.
The frame distributes the load very nice, and the pack can be overpacked with som 30-40 litres, giving a total of some 140-150 litres (not necessary on a normal 10-14 day mountain trek...) The hip-belt has D-rings so the pack can be used in conjunction with a sled. The D-rings are also suitable to help carrying a stretcher in an emergency.
This pack is a proffessional carrying system, designed for loads of and above 50 kg. It has no bells or whistles. Everything in the design is there because it has a function. It's very comfortable with 36 kg (about 60-70 lb), in fact this is the most comfortable pack I've ever used.