By Ken Jensen
Frame For A Long
You are going for a hike, listening to the radio. when you hear about
an uprising happening close to you.
• You grab you duffel bag
and a tactical backpack
and throw it in your
bug-out-mobile to get
out of dodge.
• On your route out of
town, you get stranded
in a riot. You left your
car and your duffel
because you decided to
bug out on foot.
• One problem… 5 miles into your march, your our
shoulders get sore, your back gets tired, and your knees
Don’t Let Your Bag Be Your
• Keep a framed pack meant to distribute weight and keep
it close to your centre of gravity.
• If you don’t choose the correct frame for you, you could
be the recipient of severe consequences.
Choose the Correct Frame So
You Can Hike for Hours
3 Main frame types that work well for a
1. External Frame
2. Internal Frame
3. Hybrid Frame
Each frame comes with its
own advantages and
drawbacks. Know what is
available, and choose what
1. They have better weight dispersal.
2. Less compensating for shifted weight in your pack.
Reminder: If you want something close to your body, so
there is less weight causing you to lean, then skip the
1. Close to the body.
2. Feels like it is more “connected” to your body.
3. End up leaning a little less.
Reminder: They are poor at dispersing weight evenly, so
you will end up doing more work on one shoulder than the
other, or not quite getting the perfect amount on your waist.
1. This is not the best of both worlds. It is pretty good at
both, but sacrifices some in each area.
2. Hybrid frames have better weight dispersal over internal
framed packs, but are closer to the body than most
3. Although there are increasingly different hybrid frame
packs coming out, a very reliable design is the
Find Your Perfect Framed Pack
• When researching and trying bug out bags, don’t forget to
research different frames, because they all lay differently
on your body.
• There is a perfect frame out there for you. You can find
it. You just have to try many of them out to get a baseline
of how each type feels.