RIBZ Front Pack
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Reality - PBF administrator)
Pretty dang handy once you get used to it.
- Well laid out straps and placement
- Comfortable close carry
- Great for flat items or flexible items
- A little awkward
- Pockets not fully accessible unless you're very flexible
- Items with corners or rigid items can be uncomfortable
A couple years back, i was one of the lucky recipients of a Ribz pack. i'll say this: they're comfortable, handy, and solid.
I have one of the gen-2 models. they're surprisingly sturdy and nicely put together, they hold a large amount of stuff. the internal pockets(open-topped) make dividing up fiddly bits easy. the big pockets hold a lot more than you'd think, just looking at it. it's a very roomy pack, the volume rating doesn't quite convey just how much space you get. granted in the gen-2 models getting to the back of the pocket can be a little tough. i'm a fairly flexible fellow and it's a tough reach.
The close fit makes carrying lightweight no matter how much you stuff in. bulky items can feel a little uncomfortable against your arms, but it's not THAT bad.
These make terrific flat-packing ways to carry survival kits, fishing and daytrip gear, or small items like maps etc you want to keep nearby and easy to hand. i've used it to carry ammunition and shooting supplies, which i have to say it's phenomenal at. gone are the days of fishing around in a pack for ammunition while out in the field, for me.
The Ribz packs have been redesigned somewhat, and from what i've heard, the gen-3 take all the good points and have all but eliminated the bad. they're VERY worth the money, in my opinion. with careful thought, they will make a fantastic addition to your kit.
Where to Buy
RIBZ Front Pack is designed for the avid sportsman who needs his/her critical gear in a quick and ready location. Easily accessible from the front and designed to work with any traditional backpack or independently, RIBZ allows you to keep your essential gear in a fast and easy to reach location.
The RIBZ Front Pack is an excellent option for those putting together an ultralight backpacking strategy. Its weight is less than 11 oz. Utilizing the 600 plus cubic inches of storage in the front pack can reduce the size of your backpack dramatically. Front packs move a portion of the weight forward, improving the balance of the load, and improving your posture and mobility. Four external zippered pockets, and four additional internal pockets provide plenty of storage options.
The shoulder straps of the RIBZ pack are extra-wide, heavy-duty nylon, designed to evenly distribute the weight, yet remain comfortable when wearing with an additional backpack. The back of the RIBZ pack consists of two adjustable velcro straps which will not bunch up or sag when wearing the RIBZ with backpack.
Use with or without any existing backpack for hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, biking, hunting, fishing, or search and rescue.
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The RIBZ Front Pack is designed to reposition a portion of your weight forward which reduces overall shoulder stress and increases comfort, mobility, and balance. Primarily designed to work with your existing backpack, it can also be used alone as a vest. Great for backpacking, hunting, and fishing. All components are water resistant.