Our X-Frame is remarkably light, designed for applications where both load hauling--up to 60 lbs.--and mobility are crucial. The mainframe is comprised of a full length .060 HDPE frame-sheet, overlaid by two crossed stays: fiberglass rods that run corner to corner, creating an "X."
View of X-Frame structural components
This X creates a frame with a pivot-point center, giving it a unique, athletic flex pattern. This flex promotes active movement by supporting the load through the hips, while still maintaining flexibility across the shoulders. The system's vertical structure aligns the load with your back, and transfers weight with incredible efficiency.
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.
X-Frame packs utilize the Live Wing belt system, which is our lightest and lowest profile load transfer system. The foam “wings” are attached to a foam stiffener in the lower section of the pack bag. By snugging the waist straps in front, you activate the Live Wing system and lock the stiffeners to your hips for a secure carry. A waist belt pad with ¾” open-cell Matrix foam comes standard on the larger Live Wing packs and can be added as an upgrade to the smaller packs for those days when you can’t afford to leave anything at home.