The patent pending 13 ounce Icon is the worlds first molded carbon fiber back pack frame. This frame is designed with vertical stiffness for heavy load carrying and horizontal flexion for a frame that moves with you for comfort and mobility. Carbon Fiber is twice as strong as steel and half the weight aluminum making it the perfect material for applications such as a pack frame where strength to weight ratios are important.
The Icon frame is designed with two functional stays running down either side of the frame. The lower portion of the stays are pulled into the hip belt moving the load onto your hips and securing it, the top stays become your load lifters. This design pulls the load off of your shoulders and transfers it onto your upper back/ lower back and hips. The Icon frame is incredibly comfortable to wear with and without a heavy load, which makes it the perfect pack for hunting in all day or hauling out an elk quarter. I have yet to put this pack on anyone who has not said this is the most comfortable they have ever worn.
I worked with a team of engineers and designers to develop the Icon packs, an industrial design group who specializes in carbon fiber along with one of the most talented pack design firms in the world. Together, we took my vision for this pack system, sketched it, proved the concept, designed it and prototyped it and test it and tested it and tested it again for over 18 months.
The Icon suspension weighs 21 ounces and is designed to be comfortable, adjustable, modular and durable. The waist belt is attached with to the frame on a pivot that is supported by the bottom stays for allowing flexion and support when you need it. The shoulder pads are independently adjustable for a customized fit. The Icon frame allows for a very ergonomically correct fit, by pulling the waist belt into your lower back and curving upward and forward, close to your back for a perfectly positioned and balanced load.
The Icon Frame & Suspension is $299.99 at kuiu.com and would retail for $549.99.
The Icon Frame and bags will not be available until early May, however please place a back order during the pre-shop and this will automatically put you on the waiting list when they come in. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.