The truly innovative Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor backpack has an integrated, gusseted compression system that lets it swiftly expand from a 40 liter to a 60-liter capacity and comfortably carry up to 50 pounds!
Balancing weight and performance, the pack utilizes a Y-shaped DAC Pressfit aluminum support system to ensures vertical rigidity while allowing the top portion of the pack to flex with your movement. The result is maintained load stability without excessive bulk or weight. Raised padding in the lumbar and scapula regions of the backpanel provide support and cushioning while also creating space for airflow. A padded and adjustable hipbelt further enhances balance while load lifter straps and a sliding sternum strap allow you to dial in fit. The pack is available in Small/Medium (best fits 16”-19” torso lengths) and Medium/Large (18”-21”) sizes to make certain that the wearer best benefits from the structural design of the pack.
The top-loading pack employs a U-shaped zipper to offer wide-open access to its interior. By adjusting the horizontal compression system that runs across the face of the pack, you can utilize the full 60-liter capacity or cinch down to secure contents and “shrink” the pack to a more streamlined 40 liters. A stash pocket on the lid, stretch mesh side pockets, and two large hipbelt pockets provide additional storage and organizational options. Other features include a front harness pocket that is perfectly sized for a water bottle (bottle not included), ice axe/trekking poles loops, and lined hydration sleeve (hydration system not included) that can be removed if not needed or if you simply want to shave ounces.
The Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor internal frame pack is available in your choice of sizes.
- Packbag Features:
- Expandable 40-60L volume (volume varies between sizes)
- Ultra-lightweight design
- 2 torso sizes (non-adjustable)
- 4 hip belt sizes
- U-shaped top access zipper
- Zippered stash pocket on lid
- Removable reservoir sleeve
- Shoulder strap water bottle pocket
- Stretch mesh side water bottle pockets
- Two hip belt pockets
- Compression straps
- Ice axe/trekking pole loop
- Lightweight "Y-FLEX" suspension
- EVA foam hip belt and shoulder straps
- Raised lumbar and scapula pads (EVA foam)
- Load lifter straps
- Hip belt stabilizer straps
- Adjustable hip belt
Best Use Backpacking, Climbing, Mountaineering Access Top Loading Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume Small/Medium: 2400-3400 cu in
Medium/Large: 2550-3650 cu in
Type Internal Frame Backpack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Maximum Weight 50 lbs Material 100D Nylon-Poly Ripstop and 420D Nylon Oxford Item Weight Small/Medium: 2 lb, 9.2 oz
Medium/Large: 2 lb, 11.2 oz
Torso Adjustment n/a Hydration Compatible Yes Frame Material DAC Pressfit Aluminum Fits Torso Small/Medium: 16"-19"
Fits Waist Small/Medium: 29"-32"
Dimensions Small/Medium: 28.5" x 13" x 10"
Medium/Large: 30" x 13" x 10"
Real Customer Reviews
- I love the design
Likes: I really love the design. It's flexible and functional.
Dislikes: Im not crazy about the zipper top and, despite the design, I wish there was a strap across the top to hold things... Minor issue, but it's there.
- Very versatile backpack!!
Likes: I haven't seen too many video reviews about this pack other than the video from the designer himself: Andrew Skurka - ultra long distance backpacker.
I've been looking for a smaller 40L pack to use on long day hikes or overnighters and came across this pack. The compressible versatility of this pack is genius! I never planned on using this pack for any trips longer than 3 days but I've packed it with a bear canister and all my gear for a 5 day trip and then some... It may be my "go-to", "do-it-all" pack!!
- Great Quality Materials
- Large Hip Belt Pockets
- Great Ventilation
- Carries Pack Weight Well
Dislikes: Not really a dislike but a "wish". I wish that this pack had a front stretch sack :)
- Innovative and Sturdy
Likes: Looks great, quality build construction, and fits everything you need for your backpacking adventure. It strikes a great balance between weight and durability. The 40L/60L dual volume capability also makes it usable as a day pack or short summer trip.
Dislikes: I know this somewhat goes against the lightweight / minimalist approach, but having a daisy chain attachments for extra gear would be a huge plus.
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