Designed to be used as part of an Aarn Bodypack these versatile front bags have proven to work pretty well with other backpacks too. The balancing benefits of carrying a small amount of weight in the front are quite noticeable, especially with heavier loads in back. Easy access to water bottles, snacks, camera gear, and other items you need to use often on trail are a great fringe benefit. Aarn is a New Zealand based company that has been making a system they call a Bodypack in various forms for… Full review
Too many features that can go wrong and unreliable product manufacturing. On only my second trip with this pack a number of the poles of the internal frame simply shot out of the pack making it almost unwearable. This is a safety hazard and happened due to a manufacturing fault. One of the most basic functions a pack needs to perform is to provide a stable storage unit for gear on your back. This pack failed to do that. Based on my experience, I will not buy an Aarn pack again. Full review
I am writing this review for one simple reason, it works. It works not just as a backpack but as a true weight load carrying system. By way of background I have been hiking for many years, firstly for fun and then in various careers including a long military career. I have used many different brands of packs in the past 30 years. At Christmas time I purchased two traditional model packs in preparation for an April 11 New Zealand Milford Track tramp(a quaint kiwi term for hiking) for my wife and… Full review
Yes I start by now this summer 2011 on my second year with balance pockets. They are great, I am perfect balanced and seldom get tired. These pockets remind me of British soldiers gear during second world war. Ole Due Jakobsen Walking the camino in France and Spain Full review
This is an older version of the current, 22l model.I borrowed one off a friend for an intense, 2-day backpack over a series of peaks in the Western Highlands of Scotland. Day 1 was especially intense; 21 miles and 11,000 feet of ascent, mostly on trackless, rough ground! The Aarn pack was a revelation, a real leap forward from 'standard' lightweight backpacks. The straps work superbly together, distributing weight over a wider area.The X shaped chest strap feels far more natural than a single chest… Full review
Aarn Bodypacks are designed with two balance pockets on the front of the pack for an upright posture with better balance and load stability.