|Posted on February 6, 2014 at 12:10 AM|
RIBZ Front Pack
RIBZ contacted me
on Twitter and asked if I would be at all interested in giving their Front Pack a try and publish a review. I readily agreed. Prior to that I hadn’t heard of the RIBZ Front Pack and didn’t know anything about RIBZwear.
When my RIBZ Front Pack was delivered
I was pleasantly surprised it had its own stuff sack. It’s nice to keep your gear organized when it’s not in use. The RIBZwear company sent me an Alpine Green size Regular Front Pack. I took a quick minute to glance at the packaging and looked for any information regarding the build, make and durability of the RIBZ Front Pack and then the easy to read instruction manual.
I wear a hydration backpack
on the trails but had no room to properly pack my extra camera lenses with the daypack I use(Osprey daylite). Not to mention the accessibility of the lenses when they’re in my backpack. So, for the first go around with my RIBZ pack I took my extra lenses and decided to take a long scenic hike and see how it functioned. The route chosen was a gorgeous open and quiet landscape through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. The San Tan Mountain RP of Queen Creek is a secret little hideaway for those who visit and when taking the San Tan Trail you get a few miles of peaceful and blissful photography.
Packing the RIBZ Front Pack
was simple and immediately I realized how much room this pack really had. The design of each pocket truly utilized each millimeter of space on this pack properly. The pack seems small at first glance but it’s mighty in capacity. I easily fit my two extra lenses with lightweight wraps, my keys, cell phone, lip balm, tissue, bandana, my ID, and my park pass. I had it all right at hands reach.
Putting the Pack on
is just like wearing a vest. You place one arm into the arm strap and the other arm into the other arm strap all while having the pouches facing forward. The straps will be crisscrossed across your back. You zip the pack, adjust the straps to your comfort and go.
While on the trail
I never felt overloaded, uncomfortable or off balance. In fact, I felt so good after 4.5 miles. I thought I would take this for a quick 1 mile run with my equipment in it. I normally would never attempt to run with several lenses in my pack out of fear for them getting bounced around. I figured with my ability to hold the front pack I would be able to secure the lenses enough and not have them shake. Before running I took a quick second to tighten the strap to a more secure fit, placed a single lens in each of the large pouches and took off.
I was again surprised
I didn’t need to hold the pack in place. The pack stayed secure and the items inside didn’t seem to shift much at all. While running I loved that the pack has such a comfortable and natural design. I never had to look down to access anything from the pockets. The zipper structure is simple and placement is so neutral you don’t have to look to know what you’re doing. The pack sits in the perfect location and can allow your arms to comfortably rest upon the pouches. I noticed this conserved energy while running. I also knew that my safety items were very close at hand and extremely accessible if I needed them. This made me feel a sense of ease. Whether it was the first aid kit, my cell phone or anything else. If I needed it I wouldn’t have to move much or shift my visual focus to access it. That can be a significant life saving asset for a solo hiker. After making the short stretch of a run. I realized my drinking spout on my hydration pack had leaked and the landing pad was my RIBZ Front Pack.
Fortunately for me
the fabric used to make this pack is water repellent. Each drop that fell simply rolled off the pack and hit the ground. I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to test that theory with my camera lenses in the pouches, but I won’t forget that moment and everyone who has camera equipment can imagine the feeling of relief.
This pack has a very universal fit. My pre teen son, my husband and I can use the size Regular RIBZ Front Pack.
My final test
was usually one of failure on many products in the past. I needed to see if I could get the Front Pack back into the stuff sack that came with it. Yet again, the RIBZ Front Pack performed beautifully. The pack fits right into the stuff sack with ease and you can store it nicely during the time it’s not in use. Cheers to a stuff sack that actually holds the ‘stuff’ it came with. ☺
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