The Ultrapack 7+3 (7 liters + 3 expandable liters) is not an ordinary pack but a modular pack system designed to offer outdoor enthusiasts something to handle not only all their gear but also fit a wide variety of outdoor activities. The first thing you will notice is that it has only one shoulder strap and the pack is triangular. This seems odd but once you put the pack on and adjust the straps it is very comfortable and adjustable. The one-strap design allows you to unclip the left lower hip strap and pivot the pack around to the front which allows easy access to the inside of the pack. The pack’s modular design lets you remove the large pack by unclipping three clips to then install the Lightpack 4 runner’s pack. Either of the packs can also be used with a set of provided lightweight straps to carry over the shoulder or as a light day pack.
The inside of the pack is equally well thought out with pockets to hold everything from your smart phone to your wallet and keys. There is an outer flap that can be used for holding a jacket, small blanket or towel. The pack comes with a hydration system with an insulated hose and an attached cap to keep the end clean for drinking. It even has a magnetic clip to keep the hose from flying around during outdoor activities. The one problem I had is that the Ultrapack does not have a slit for the hydration hose to pass through; instead it just exits through the zippered opening. Other design features include a variety of gear loops and straps that can be used to hold everything from a GoPro camera to a tripod, hiking poles or climbing gear. This pack is exceptionally well made and should last for years of outdoor activity.
On a recent hike of several hours I really liked the balance of the pack and the way it rode close to my lower back. Because the Ultrapack has just the one shoulder strap it was easy to move it around on my shoulder for optimum comfort. The Ultrapack held everything needed for a day on the trail and I can’t wait to try the pack backcountry skiing this winter. This Ultrapack is perfect for a wide variety of sports from hiking, biking, to snow and water sports. The Ultrapack would even be a great pack for traveling as it packs very flat and you can even use the pack without the shoulder straps since in comes with a convenient built- in handle. The Ultrapack could fit notepads or tablets easily and the outer open pocket could even hold a laptop.
Offpiste was founded in 2014 by Gil Werner and Tal Stein Tzuk. Gil found that “every time I wanted to use my GoPro or grab something out of my bag, I had to take it off. All my packs were too big, too small, or not comfortably compatible”. Their goal is to bring innovation and excitement to active outdoor enthusiasts and they have put a lot of thought into designing the Ultrapack 7+3.
The Ultrapack is only available at this time through a Kickstarter campaign running through November 23, 2014. Offpiste’s Kickstarter campaign goal is $49,000 to be used to fund production of the Ultrapack 7+3 for worldwide distribution. Backers who support the Ultrapack 7+3 will receive packages based on their pledge amounts, including a limited time VIP presale offer of $99.00 at an estimated $140.00 retail value. To support the Ultrapack 7+3 go to Kickstarter. For additional information and to view an informative video on the Ultrapack 7+3 visit Offpiste.
This revolutionary modular pack system could become a go-to pack for a wide range of outdoor activities. Hopefully the Kickstarter campaign will give the founders the capital to proceed with production.
Guest contributor: Steve Mullen (Gearman Steve). Photographs by Steve Mullen.
The Offpiste Ultrapack 7+3 is currently in pre-production. The only way to obtain it is by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product from Offpiste to test for purposes of this review but the opinions are my own.