As with all of KUIU products, we are focused on using design and technology to reduce weight without sacrificing performance. The Icon packs bring to market very functional well thought out design for a fully featured lightweight hunting package.
The pack fabric, is a new 100% Nylon 160D 165g/m2 rip-stop Cordura. It is durable, abrasion resistant and the quietest lightweight fabric I have found and tested for packs.
You will find two focuses in bag design, access and gear storage. Pocket designs have been carefully thought out for requirements in size and location. My goal is to have easy access to gear you need throughout your day such as spotting scopes, hydration and food. And good out of the way locations for items you may need only once on your hunt or season.
There are 18 pockets of various sizes and configurations on the 5500 that allow for storage of all your gear, from spotting scopes to headlamps. These pockets are very universal without specific one-use design. All of the internal pockets are made of stretch mesh or stretch woven material that will hold your gear tightly to reduce noise, increase versatility and keep a streamline design.
The main compartment is designed to top load with a very generous shroud and with a large horseshoe zipper that runs from the bottom of the pack to the shroud. This allows you to easily access your all your gear and load a quarter or boned out animal.
Both packs come with a meat cell. This cell is a 30 Denier Nylon Sill fabric designed to tightly hold a boned out ram spread out against the length of the frame, keeping it balanced and not a ball of meat at the bottom of the pack. A cupped bottom and removable design helps to contain blood, away from your gear.
I have carefully designed this pack to handle a boned out ram and your gear on an extended hunt. As far as exact volume, I am waiting on the development room to measure both packs, which are being finalized this week. This prototype weighs less than 5 pounds and I am expecting the final version to weigh even less.
Please note, these photos are of a prototype and are not in the color correct camouflage print, webbing, buckles, zippers etc., The final volumes and weights should be coming from the factory next week as they finish up the final development prototypes.
Photos of the 2500 will be posted later this week. I look forward to answering your questions and listening to your comments.