The Antarctica is designed for the adventurer, someone who intends to travel for an extended period of time. The SHS Harness System used in this backpack is the result of three years of development by the White Mountain™ Team. The SHS Harness System used in this backpack is a true unisex harness with contoured shoulder straps and extra material on the anchor position of the hip belt to allow true contouring over the hips. The material is 950D Kodra, one of the
strongest and most durable synthetic products, and a fabric often used on military backpacks for strength and abrasive resistance. All fabric for White Mountain™ Backpacks is manufactured by Kolon Int. in Korea, a highly reputable and leading world fabric manufacturer that produces high quality synthetic materials.
This hybrid backpack offers a greater volume than is available in equivalent travel packs in a corresponding Torso Length, while offering the advantage of both a top loading and front panel loading facility. While most hybrid backpacks are designed on travel pack designs, we designed this backpack on a hike pack design. We achieved this by adding a front loading panel, a side carry handle, removable daypack, shoulder sling, harness cover and a dual zipped throat
closure to one of our existing hike packs.
The stated total capacity on a White Mountain™ Travel pack includes the day pack, excluding the portion of the daypack compressed behind the daypack attachment zipper. The total capacity of the daypack compressed and zipped to the travel pack is 10 litres, and uncompressed the total capacity is 20.50 litres.
If the daypack is to be used and attached to the Travel Pack fully expanded, we recommend using the D-Ring Attachment Straps on the daypack. Simply attach these to the D-Rings on top of the Travel Pack and use the existing lower compression straps on the main pack (Attaching the lower compression straps to the daypack as usual.) This method of attachment when confronted with a fully loaded daypack will prevent damage to the daypack attachment zipper.
The quoted capacity of either 55 litre, 65 litre or 75 litre does not take into account the compressed portion of the daypack capacity, nor the extra capacity achieved by extending the top lid. This would add conservatively 20 to 25 litres to the quoted capacity of the Antarctica, bringing the total capacity to either 75 litre, 85 litre or 100 litre respectively.
There are two compartments on this backpack, not including the extended storm collar underneath the lid. The upper and lower compartments are divided by a zip division so you can use the backpack as one compartment, or two compartments. It has one suitcase carry handle on the side, a removable 20.50 litre daypack (that has an internal organiser and a facility for a water reservoir complete with an exit point for the water reservoir hose), one shoulder sling, and
a zipped cover over the harness (the harness cover and shoulder sling can both be folded and stored at the base of the backpack). We also provide a facility to attach the daypack without using the zips, a handy option when attaching a very full daypack. Inside this backpack there is two internal compression straps with a removable organiser, a full wet proof pocket on the inside of the front loading panel opening lid, which is great for storing laundry or the temporary
storage of damp clothing, and six external compression straps. The two lower, or sleeping bag compression straps are long enough to accommodate a sleeping mat if required, or can also be used to strap extra gear to your backpack. There are two fixing positions on the lid of this backpack, which allows you to add further compression straps and secure more gear on top of your backpack if required.
A little heavier than the standard travel pack, but the perfect travel solution for someone requiring that extra capacity