* Comes standard with front Sport Balance Pockets, which provide greater stability and balance, and a more upright posture. This translates to much less fatigue and strain. Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and accessibility. Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.
* 2 Backlengths with On-adjust backlength, 10cm range
* U, Multi & Flexi Flow
* Waterproof Dri-liner
* One compartment
* Lid/ hydration pocket, 1 front and 2 side stretch pockets
* Custom-Fit frame: perimeter wire + hollow 6001 T6 alloy stays
* True-fit shoulder straps, Flow-thru Stabilizers
* Pelvic-Form Hipbelt (M)
* Web-loc side compression with hyperlon reinforcing when carrying skis
* Web front compression with loop-lock holders for vertical tools
* Attachments for ice axes, snowboard, snow shovel, helmet, trekking poles (front and rear), carritools/ice clippers
The Peak Aspiration Summits Everest!
"It was a real pleasure to take your Peak Aspiration to the summit of Mt Everest. The climb of Everest is a long climb involved many quite different phases. The need for a pack that is lightweight, dependable, flexible and above all, comfortable is key. At times, my pack was jammed to the rafters with things hanging off it in all directions. The Peak Aspiration handled all of this effortlessly and maintained its incredible comfort and balance. Everest can get very hot at times and the Peak Aspiration’s back and strap mesh panels allowed surprisingly great ventilation when the temperature rose into the 30-40C range.
The pack had some great climbing features and despite being lightweight, there was no compromise on toughness or durability. I accidentally “kicked” my crampons into the pack many times and the fabric repelled them each time. The pack was dropped, lowered, bumped, sat upon and loaded countless times and survived magnificently. The use of the Balance Pockets meant that my gear needed quickly was always available without needing to take off the pack.
Thanks Aarn for designing a great mountain pack. I look forward to using it again, again and again."
“The Peak Aspiration is the most comfortable pack I have ever worn—period. Not long after I left the car the first time I used the pack I was heard to say ‘I don’t even feel as if I’m wearing a pack’. Later, I lent the pack to a friend for a trip—his feedback to me was: ‘you don’t carry that pack—you wear it’”. Mark Watson, Editor, NZ Climber magazine Test Review.
"Peak Aspiration with Sport Balance pockets has opened up a whole different world of backpacking. I can actually hike all day without upper body fatigue. Walking in a natural, balanced posture while carrying weight is absolutely amazing and light years ahead of all other packs. I don’t understand why such a basic, fundamental concept as balance hasn’t caught on. I tell anyone who is interested on the trail that once you experience a balanced load you will never go back to a traditional pack. Too many people worry about weight and not at all about balance - which is fundamentally more important. The whole system has been so well thought out and executed in terms of attention to detail and quality. Just the slight cupping of the hip belt makes a huge difference in terms of all day comfort. The idea of a Bodypack is one thing, but if the design and execution aren’t there, all else is futile. In this regard, Aarn has succeeded by far. I’ve wanted to tell you this for the past two years, but have been too busy actually enjoying hiking". Jeff Clopp, New Jersey, USA
"The Aarn Bodypack concept a great way to hike long distances with heavy (or less heavy) loads, and the Peak Aspiration with Expedition Balance Pockets is a great implementation of the idea. During the two GEA hikes I walked up to 13/14 hours a day with 20/25 Kg loads, on anything from flat, soft meadows to thick bush and very steep, narrow and rocky trails. During all those days, the weight of the pack and its impact on my back and neck has never been an issue. I have come to a point where if I stop it’s because either I am very, very, very tired in general, or I have walked so much that my feet hurt enough to not let me continue. In both cases, no back or neck pains worth reporting. There is also another thing that adds to the general comfort: you can lay your hands or forearms over the pockets while you walk. Besides greatly increasing comfort by balancing the load, the Expedition Pockets are big. I was able to store in them five liters of water, plus a stove, fuel bottle, compass, digital camera, lamp & assorted snacks. The maps were carried in the external pockets. I have always felt very stable while wearing the Bodypack fully loaded. This included very, very steep trails and where there was no trail - here the terrain was so steep and rough that I had to use my hands to keep going. Breathing and being able to see my feet on difficult tracks with two big, heavy bags in front was another big concern before getting a Bodypack. After one year, I can testify that these problems don’t exist". Marco Floretti, Rome, Italy
"On my latest effort using PA and BPC, I set a new record for a transit of the near 1000km Bibbulmun Track in WA. I started at the Northern Terminus at 5:29am Thursday 22/11/2012 and reached the Southern Terminus at 3:08pm on Sunday 9/12/2012. That makes 17 days, 9 hours and 39 minutes. I went self-supported using 7 very small food drops left out in the days prior to the trip and supplemented these with meals and food in some of the trail towns. The pack was great. It took a pounding (I was averaging 12-14 hour days) and there was lots of overgrowth and climbing through blow-downs. I had a fantastic time and thoroughly recommend the track to anyone looking for a challenge and adventure". Andy Hewat, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia