I created the KUIU model to develop and produce products like the patent pending Icon frame; the worlds first carbon fiber backpack frame. At a mere 13oz the Icon frame is the foundation to supporting heavy loads while still remaining comfortable to hunt in all day.
Carbon fiber is half the weight of aluminum and twice as strong as steel. It has held up perfectly to heavy stress during a variety of extensive lab & field testing.
The key component to this design as I have mentioned in the previous posts are the stays on the outside edges of the frame that pull into the hip-belt and run up to become the load-lifters. This design decouples the load from your shoulders and hip-bones and redistributes the weight to your lower back, upper back and chest. In testing this design I would wear this pack for hours and never need to adjust the load
Functional load lifters.
Two touch points allow for maximum airflow and breathability. No sweaty backs with the Icon. The ergonomically correct shape of the frame is tight to your back and angling forward for perfect balance.
The hip belt is shape molded to fit well to your hips to support a heavy load and uses a pivot to connect to the frame to increase mobility and comfort.
The shoulder pads are designed to breath, using spacer mesh against your body, perforated foam and then mono-mesh that allow air to flow through the shoulder pats. They are attached to the frame by aluminum hardware into an inset track system to allow for easy adjustment and correct fit for a wide variety of body types.
One of the big advantages to this design is it is modular. You can exchange bags the and suspension in mere minutes. This will allow us to continue to develop innovative designs without the need to replace the frame. The Icon packs will be available at the beginning of May. Inventory is limited, make sure you are subscribed to the blog to get into the early subscriber purchase if you are interested.
Thank you for your support and interest in KUIU products. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on the Icon Frame.