When leaving something behind isn’t an option this frame is for you! It’s designed with the professional in mind, by combining the most important load transfer capabilities onto a lightweight platform.
Our Guide Frame is a heavy duty internal framing system, built into some of our largest bags, built to support loads up to 100 lbs. for extended periods of time. This framing system combines two independent frames, one for the load and one for shaping, linked together through tensioning to create a very comfortable system.
View of Guide Frame structural components
The mainframe for the load transfer is comprised of two 1/4” fiberglass stays backed by a full length .060 HDPE frame sheet. This straight layered construction creates a stiff vertical structure that rides in line with your back and maximizes load transfer.
The shaping for you back comes from additional framing components that are housed in the harnessing, we call this system the Futura Yoke. The Futura Yoke is a Velcro anchored telescoping shoulder pad system that can be adjusted up or down to fit your torso length. It’s comprised of both open and closed cell foam to create a padded and structured piece to give you ideal contact over your shoulders and across your chest. Once the yoke is properly adjusted, the curve of the composite frame sheet is contoured to match the shape of your back. The yoke is available in three different sizes to offer a seamless fit.
The Guide Frame system includes our patented Cush Lumbar Wrap is one of our heaviest duty load transfer systems. The lumbar pad and the waist belts are contoured to be tighter around the top so that they lock on to your hips and do not slip down your butt. The patented action of the Lumbar Wrap gives you ideal contact all the way around your hips every time you tighten the belt, and without the extraneous straps many other pack belt systems require. We use one inch thick open-cell Matrix foam throughout the belts and lumbar pad. We then back the Matrix around the entire circumference with stiffer closed-cell foam for extra stability. We finish the Cush Lumbar Wrap off with a removable aluminum stay behind the center of the lumbar pad to maintain the lock on your hips under the heaviest loads. The removable Cush waist belt pads are available in five sizes, ensuring everyone a proper fit.