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
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