TP1 What are the main differences between a Hike Pack and a Travel Pack?
White Mountain Backpacks™ Travel packs are designed with the traveller in mind with features that are necessary to accommodate comfortable frequent travelling and are not designed to replace the bushwalking or hike pack for these reasons:
- Travel packs are generally designed with many more features than bushwalking or hike packs, including, a harness cover, side and top carry handles, shoulder sling, and a removable daypack. This adds considerable weight, in some cases adding as much as 30% more weight to the average backpack.
- Most travel packs are designed with greater depth, putting more weight further from the body. This in turn increases the leverage on the back and spine.
- Travel packs are also generally wider than hike packs and are not contoured to the body shape, which could allow for catching on scrub or rock in certain terrain.
TP2 What are the main features of a White Mountain Backpacks™ Travel Pack?
TP3 What are the additional features of a White Mountain Backpacks™ Hybrid Travel Pack?
- The Antarctica hybrid pack is top and panel loading combining the attributes of a travel pack and hiking pack.
- The Antarctica is designed with the traveller in mind who requires a larger capacity backpack with a blend of travel and hike pack features that are necessary to accommodate comfortable frequent high capacity travelling.
- The Antarctica is designed to be packed higher than shoulder height with an extendable lid and dual draw cord storm collar to effectively protect your gear from the worst weather.
- The Antarctica is narrower than standard travel pack with less depth, similar in design to the hike pack.
- The Antarctica also has a top loading division at the base of the storm collar which is dual zipped and lockable.
Hybrid packs are not designed to replace hike packs for these reasons:
- Hybrid packs are designed with many more features than travel and hike packs adding considerable weight, in some cases as much as 50% more weight than a dedicated bushwalking or hiking pack.
- Hybrid packs have more stitching and zips, therefore in severe weather conditions these provides less weather protection for your gear than a dedicated bushwalking or hiking pack.
Features attributed to Travel and Hybrid backpacks
All Travel packs open from the front of the upper compartment and gear is stored in the same manner as a suitcase. The only consideration in packing your travel pack is when you are carting a number of heavier articles, then you should consider the information on our page loading your backpack to determine the best method of placing your gear. This page will also explain how to utilise the lower compartment.
All White Mountain Backpacks™ travel packs and most travel packs on the market today have external compression straps. White Mountain Backpacks™ travel packs have two compression straps either side of the backpack and two sleeping bag compression straps on the lower compartment. The sleeping bag compression straps are long enough to accommodate the external attachment of a ground mat if required.
All White Mountain Backpacks™ travel packs and most travel packs on the market today have an upper and lower compartment, with either a dual zip or draw cord division. The dual zip or draw cord division when closed allows for separate packing, or can be opened completely to utilise the pack as one single compartment. The advantage of the dual zip division is the ability to open the pack on the one side only to store a longer item, yet still maintain the dual compartments.
The draw cord facility on the other hand opens from the middle and although possible to utilise this feature to store a longer item in the centre, it is a little more awkward.
The removable daypack on most travel packs is zipped on the front of the upper compartment opening lid. With most travel packs a portion of the daypack is compressed when attached, with the zip placed in or near the centre of the daypack. This makes it near impossible to zip into position when the daypack is fully loaded without damaging the zip. White Mountain Backpacks™ provide a solution to this problem and suggest that the two attachment clips on top of the daypack are
secured to the D-Rings on top of the travel pack. After attaching the daypack in this manner the lower compression straps can be utilised in the usual way, holding the daypack securely in place. This attachment method will prevent damage to the daypack by eliminating excessive stress on the daypack attachment zip, .
Travel packs have a suitcase carry handle on at least one side and on top of the pack. The top handle is very handy when trapped in those long queues at the airport, bus or train station or taxi rank. White Mountain Backpacks™ strengthen all carry handles with webbing reinforcement and extra stitching to prevent breakages even under the heaviest loads.
Travel packs include a removable shoulder sling, particularly necessary when the pack is heavy, the distance to travel is short and it is not convenient to utilise the pack harness. The shoulder sling is removable or can be concealed in the base of the pack when not required. White Mountain Backpacks™ shoulder sling fittings are manufactured of metal preventing the remote possibility of breakage.
Most travel packs and all White Mountain Backpacks™ travel packs have a cover that is zipped in place concealing the harness. This prevents damage to the harness in transit.
All White Mountain Backpacks™ travel, hybrid and daypacks have dual zip sliders which can be padlocked together to prevent unauthorized entry. In the Holiday Pacific and Antarctica series of travel packs the two main compartments have interlocking or overlapping zip sliders designed for secure padlocking. The Antarctica also has a top loading division at the base of the storm collar which is dual zipped and lockable.
White Mountain Backpacks™ panel loading travel packs have an internal organiser under the front cover of the upper compartment. This allows access to personal items without emptying the entire pack. These travel packs have a true internal compression system and a removable organiser. It is very convenient to be able to store personal items in the organiser then be able to remove the organiser from the backpack to place in your daypack. This is particularly useful when storing
your main backpack or while in transit.
Travel packs provide attachment points for extra straps, to secure any choice of items to the outside of the pack.
White Mountain Backpacks™ design their travel packs with a full bushwalking harness to maximize comfort. Simplified harness systems supplied by some competitors are fine for carrying a backpack through an airport, bus station, or to the train, but will not be sufficient for prolonged backpacking. In some situations to protect the backpack a large lightweight duffle bag to put the pack in is a good idea.
All White Mountain Backpacks™ Holiday travel packs with the new SHS harness system have an organiser in the daypack. The removal daypack also has a facility to store a hydration container and a elastic covered exit hole for the drinking hose.
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