The Hybrid is a regular shaped pack that will adapt to bear canister carry when needed
Info page only - see pack availability elsewhere
Info page only - see pack availability elsewhere
A normal framed pack of fifty'ish liter capacity until the need arises to carry a big bear canister. Then the uniquely designed compound curves of the bottom area folds in, which together with a strap harness cradles a bear canister securely.
For more than the occasional use of bear canisters, please consider our other Bears Ears Packs. The focused design on those cradles the canister better with less long term fabric wear
Regular and UL
The UL is built with a simplified front pocket and lighter hardware thru-out. Only in 45 liter
45: Main compartment is 45 liters with three rolls, plus outside wrap-around pocket (6 L), plus bottle holder (1 L), for a total volume of 52 liters. Attach a canister and the main area shrinks to 35/38 liters
55: Main compartment is 55 liters with three rolls, plus outside wrap-around pocket (6 L), plus bottle holder (1 L), for a total volume of 62 liters. Attach a canister and the main area shrinks to 45/48 liters
Capable of hauling 40+ lb in a well balanced fashion, specifically aimed at providing comfort for rugged terrain
Supports low center of gravity placement of bear canisters like the Bear Vault 500/475, Bearikade Weekender, Blazer, Expedition
The smaller BV 450/425 and Bearikade Scout sized cans fits inside
Carry the canister full and access food during the day
Double 7075 aluminum stays connected directly to hipbelt and top load lifters
Full wrap, floating hipbelt with dual density foam. User replaceable
Secure accordion style roll top with one strap. Quick access without snaps, Velcro or side buckles. No Y-strap to untangle
One large wrap around front pocket of about 6-8 liter capacity
Dedicated ice axe/ trekking pole carry
Lashing loops on front side above canister area for horizontal carry of light to medium bundles
Daisy chain on front pocket for light attachments
Dual water bottle holders with non-contortionist access, on hipbelt. Won't fall out when tying shoes. User replaceable.
Optional removable shoulder strap pockets
Replace the bear canister with our Cargo Sack, Ursack, packraft, climbing equipment, winter specific bulk, when on trips without bear pressure
We build with non-laminates where we can for long term seam holding ability and strength. The GridStop/UltraGrid/Robic combo is proven and dependable
In areas of unavoidable abrasion, like the pack bottom, we use Challenge Ultra TX. This is a techy 4 layer material made from woven Dyneema bonded to a PET film, x-grid and interior 70d polyester liner
Removable CCF foam back panel
Size medium/large ready to go with foam frame sheet, one bottle holder on hipbelt, sternum strap and ice axe/CCF pad loops:
45 ltr - 36 oz. 55 ltr - 37 oz
UL 45 ltr - 33 oz
Small/medium - 22.5" aluminum stays (lower edge hipbelt to load lifters) - 16.5" torso (mid-hipbelt to shoulder strap attachment point)
Medium/large - 25" aluminum stays (lower edge hipbelt to load lifters) - 19" torso (mid-hipbelt to shoulder strap attachment point)
Large/extra large - 27.5" aluminum stays (lower edge hipbelt to load lifters) - 21.5" torso (mid-hipbelt to shoulder strap attachment point)
The use of frames connected to load lifters allows for some overlap in sizing
Choose a smaller pack if desiring a tight, snug fit for off trail use, and more clearance for wide brimmed hats/bushwhacking
Size up to get a more traditional fit dedicated for trail use, with more volume and increased comfort near load limit
Use this chart for sizing; or measure an existing pack and relate the numbers to the ones above
Designed for long term usage
Mostly non-laminate main fabrics, with years of proven performance in the industry
Bottle holders/shoulder strap pockets user replaceable.
Hipbelt foam/entire hipbelt user replaceable.
Shoulder straps user/factory replaceable.
Back panel foam user replaceable.
No Lycra pockets, no sewn-in Lycra stretch banding, no sewn-in elastic shock cords.
Bottom fabric is Ultra Dyneema bonded to 70d poly and X-grid for added abrasion resistance where it matters .
Attach canister before stuffing pack
Avoid pinching fabric against corners of bear canister
Avoid packing hard, angular items in area against bear canister
Hybrid UL with the fabric bottom folded in for canister carry
The non-UL Hybrid in regular pack mode
Hybrid with Bearikade Blazer
The simplified front pocket on the UL
The correct way to carry the sharp cornered Bearikade brand of canisters: the entire circumference of the end cap visible, and no pinching of pack fabric
This picture illustrates the wrong mounting method for Bearikade canisters: The sharp corners of the end cap is buried in fabric; and the horizontal keeper strap is pinching part of the bottom material, both of which can lead to abrasion.