Good entry-level pack-frame carry-all. Detachable stowage for carrying most types of packbags (and assorted cargo.) Expandable frame for fitting a wide range of sizes., plus flexible frame to flex with torso while hiking. Lightweight, affordable, versatile.
- Very adaptable
- Well constructed/modular
- Lacks bells/whistles of high-end packs, very basic/utilitarian
- Intentionally frugal use of materials and assembly techniques
- Limited stowage capacity (~35 lbs. ~50-liters max)
- It's "different"
I am the inventor of Eco-Pack1, and the founder of onecoolbackpack.com. I have strived to produce an entry-level backpack which fills an unmet need in the market. My design is intentionally basic, versatile and adaptable. It is intended to be a good resource for beginning campers who want something simple, easy-to-use, and affordable. Something their kids won't outgrow.
Eco-pack1 is patent pending, and it has undergone rigorous field testing by local volunteers for the past year. It is for sale on an order-by-order basis. As a typical start-up, onecoolbackpack can deliver packs within a week to 10 days. As the orders flow in, improvements can be made in all aspects of fabrication, thus reducing overall costs while continually improving quality.
The first thing you notice about Eco-pack1 is that it does not come with a pack bag. This is intentional, but it is also confusing. As a carry-all, its purpose is to allow the customer to use their own stowage, e.g., bug-out bags, book bags, apocalypse zombie gear, hunting, etc. It is meant to serve a wider range of users than the traditional backpack.
The eco-pack1 carry-all comes unassembled as separate frame, padding, webbing kits. This saves on shipping costs, as well as allowing the customer to custom-fit their own anatomy out of the box.
The frame is composed of a flexible yet tough plastic outer flex-tube, with a stiff inner polycarbonate twinwall brace, acting together as a single expandable/flexible support unit. the padding is made of breathable vinyl-coated mesh (such as that used for marine padding and sports netting). Both shoulder straps and waist pads are adjustable to fit a wide range of torsos, with both attaching securely to the frame, but with additional load-leveling restraints top and bottom.
The frame is anatomically-shaped to distribute the load directly onto the lower lumbar region, just below the belt line. When you carry it, you can feel immediately how the center of gravity flows down through the strongest part of you body. Because the frame also flexes, this center of gravity allows the gear to remain balanced, rather than tipping while you walk. It allows you to pivot your hips while keeping the load upright and stable, and with minimal fatigue or discomfort at the shoulders and hips.
The frame uses an outer basket/shell and adjustable hold-downs to contain a wide assortment of pack bag types, including rescue gear, water coolers, firewood, dressed game, et al. This shell also creates a pouch for carrying your hydration bladder.
The comfort capacity of the carry-all is about 35lbs and/or 40-50 liters. this also is intentional, it is designed to urge the user to minimize the weight of their backpack. It has a generous open lattice configuration to allow multiple lash-points for carrying oddly-shaped stowage. the shoulder and waist pads are adjustable at contact points to the frame, but also with load-leveling restraints both top and bottom.
The construction is modular. it utilizes standardized parts for ease of fabrication, but also to allow intuitive adjustment of padding and frame components for a customized fit. It uses industrial grade nylon fasteners to save weight, but while securely fastening all frame components into a single unit.
Made in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Eco-pack1 is now being marketed to local Boy Scouts, as well as other local camping groups in Central Oklahoma. It is manufactured in a dedicated facility in Choctaw, OK, where the production equipment has been custom-made especially for fabricating the Eco-Pack1. All shipping and handling is done through the Dale Rogers Training Center in OKC, who employs special-needs workers to prepare packages for shipping, and to conduct online distribution.
This is a better mousetrap. It does exactly what it is designed to do, namely to provide the market with a simpler backpack for those just starting out.
Source: I invented it