Outdoor Products Dragonfly External Frame Backpack

    Feature

    • Entry-level pack designed for pre-teens and older youths, with a capacity of 2,780 cubic inches
    • Large top-loading main compartment
    • Padded shoulder straps and a hip belt for comfort
    • Lifetime guarantee on workmanship and materials
    • Nylon backpack, measures 24 x 14 x 8 inches

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    The Dragonfly is a great entry-level backpack, designed for young hikers (pre-teens and older youths). It features a top-loading main compartment and dual side pockets that fit a 32-ounce-size water bottle (available from Outdoor Products; sold separately). Outdoor Products' packs are designed with comfort in mind. This model features padded shoulder straps and a hip belt made to fit smaller-framed bodies. A mesh suspension system helps keep hikers cool even with heavy loads. A bungee compression system keeps pack contents from shifting while walking.

    Specifications:

    • Size: 24 inches long x 14 inches wide x 8 inches deep
    • Weight: 3 pounds, 10 ounces
    • Capacity: 2780 cubic inches
    • Material: Nylon
    • Torso Length: 15 to 18 inches
    • Number of Pockets: 7
    • Frame: Enduroflex
    • Additional Features: Three-quarter opening in main compartment, padded shoulder straps, hip belt, mesh suspension system

    About Outdoor Products
    Outdoor Products is a worldwide outdoor sporting goods manufacturer, established in 1973. Before that time, the Outdoor Products founders were busy retailing outdoor sporting goods in their Los Angeles-based department store, "The Famous Department Store". This retail establishment was noted for a wide array of merchandise and was the primary source for outdoor gear in Southern California during that time. The experience of buying and selling outdoor gear eventually led the Outdoor Products family to designing and manufacturing their own goods. Eventually, the new product line became the hottest-selling items in all their four floors of retail space. Outdoor Products no longer has their department stores but they still continue in their longtime retail commitment to customer satisfaction. This commitment is backed by an unrivaled lifetime guarantee and a desire to create the most innovative, quality designs at an unbeatable price for outdoor enthusiasts and novices alike.

    What’s in the Box?
    Outdoor Products Dragonfly external frame backpack

    Manufacturer's Warranty
    Fully guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials as long as the original owner/purchaser keeps the bag.

    Amazon.com Backpack Guide
    Finding the Right Backpack
    For extended trips into the backcountry, there's no getting around the fact that you'll have to carry life-sustaining supplies on your back. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a backpack:

    Internal vs. External
    Up until late 1970's, external frame packs--which consist of an exposed, lightweight metal frame attached to a fabric pack-bag--were the only thing going. In recent years, though, packs that place the support structure of the pack inside the pack, known as internal frame packs, have boomed in popularity.

    The good news about internal frame packs is that they hold the weight of your load close to your body, making it easier to maintain your balance on uneven terrain. Meanwhile, internals provide stiffness and support, but they are not completely rigid, which makes them more flexible when you're doing active sports. With the added flexibility comes a high degree of compressibility, meaning you can use the pack's compression straps to cinch down your load and keep items from shifting and throwing you off balance. Internals also sport slimmer shapes that allow for more arm movement in all directions--another big plus for off-trail bushwhackers, skiers and climbers. Last but not least, internal frame packs offer a greater range of adjustability in the shoulder harness and hip-belt than external frame packs.

    There are some negatives for internals. First, once packed, it can be difficult to grab needed items out of them quickly. And because internal frame packs consolidate the load into a single, body-hugging unit, proper packing is very important. To distribute the weight properly, you should pack your heaviest items close to your back and in the middle portion of the pack-bag. Plan on getting a sweaty back with an internal, too, given the fact that they are pressed right against you. Finally, internal frame packs are priced higher than external models.

    External frame packs are very good at focusing the weight of a load directly to the right place: your load-loving hips. While internals, when properly packed, do this effectively, too, you can always rest assured that an external will distribute the load evenly, no matter how unevenly packed it may be. Externals also offer easy access to your gear via multiple, easily-accessible compartments. Plus, because externals don't situate the load directly against your back, you'll enjoy far more air flow. Finally, if you're on a budget, or you're buying for a growing child, externals are more affordable.

    If you plan on hiking on easy to moderate trails and you don't need a lot of body movement, you'll probably be fine with an external. But because externals are so rigid and inflexible, challenging trails or any kind of off-trail pursuit can become painful and frustrating. Also know that your balance is far more compromised with an external frame pack during activities like stream crossings and hops through talus fields.

    Packs for Shorter Trips
    In addition to backpacks designed for overnight trips, rucksacks are great for day-trips, warm-weather one-nighters, single-day ski trips, or fast alpine assaults. Some rucksacks blur the line between backpack and rucksack with integrated internal supports and sophisticated hip belts and shoulder harnesses. Choose a pack in this category based on your intended use. Short day hikers don't need an internal frame, while climbers and skiers with heavier loads likely do.

    Sizes and Capacities
    Packs in the 3,000 cubic inches and lower category are good for day hikes or overnighters in warm weather with minimal gear. Packs in the 3,000 to 4,000 cubic inch range are good for one- or two-night trips in colder weather. If you're going to be out for up to three days, look for a pack in the sub-4,000 cubic inch range. Choose a pack with 5,000-6,000 cubic inches for week-long outings. And finally, for trips lasting a week or more, you'll need something in the 6,000-plus cubic inch category. Keep in mind, though, that bigger packs weigh more, and since every ounce counts, you'll want to choose a pack that offers just enough space for your outings and no more.

    Product Detail

    • ASIN: B0007Q3VFS
    • Item model number: 4141U
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