Richard Russell 9/1/2019 -- "Just got back from hiking on the JMT with the BigStik. It worked out really well. I liked having a hand free to take photos, grab snacks, etc. I never noticed before how restricting it was to have to fuss around with two hiking poles. I found that I didnít actually need any poles at all on the flat and gentle uphills, and I am kicking myself at all the miles I have been swinging those old poles for no real reason other than the fact that they were strapped into my hands. Also liked having the extra length for stream crossings, and being able to change the length on the fly with the sliding handstrap. Makes it much easier to put the pole into the best spot, rather than being limited to what you can reach with a hiking pole. I liked how sturdy it was compared to hiking poles, I felt comfortable really leaning into it. The epoxy tip worked out very well, I was surprised how well it gripped. I like the balance of that tip better than the carbide tip I think. The foam handle was good for locating the balance point, but when I was bashing down a steep part of trail it slid off the bottom and got lost. However, by that time I had got the feel of how to let the pole just fall forward into my hand at the right spot, so I didnít miss the foam. Itís a great product, and I really liked hiking with it. The joints are indeed very ingenious. Thank you!
Joe Hofbeck 7/27/2019 -- "I take the carbon BigStik everywhere. Especially when we are logging out trails of winter deadfall. I can flick dead branches flying without missing a step and itís also my pole for my TrailStar tarp."
Mark Lindsay 9/6/2019 -- "I purchased one of your staffs several years ago and it is the best staff on the market."
The Carbon BigStik is the only carbon staff with: -lifetime breakage warranty - you get a new Section.
-a spiral surface pattern for secure grip anywhere.
-joints have zero wiggle and never wear or fail.
-a fat grippy tip lasts 2,000 miles, never breaks.
-optional 100,000 mile Monster Carbide tip.
-a short packed length of 18.5 inches.
-sliding handstrap for instant height changes.
-long list of options & accessories.
-US Patent: 8,136,542 and Made In USA.
The BigStik is the ideal staff for weekend walks or a PCT thru-hike. The BigStik won't fail you in the middle of nowhere. LifeTime Breakage Warranty because this is not a new, unproven product; we sold the first BigStik 11 years ago. All aspects of the design have been tested and proven... and the patented joints don't fail like the ferrule joints and screw joints on other staffs. Our joints have no wiggle, never get worn, and stay tight all the time. The tip grips good on rocks because we add special fillers to the aluminum/epoxy tip...
"The 2500 miles were 80 to 90 percent rocky stone trails. The kind Iíd expect would most shorten a tipís life. And by the way, Iíve always been impressed from the start with how well such a hard epoxy surface grabs a rock face. Obviously not Vibram, but much better than I would have expected from any verbal description." Jay Gourley - 6/27/2019
You can change the grip height of your Carbon BigStik with every step on rocky up and down trail sections. The Slide/Lock Hand Strap uses a Prussik knot that slides easily when you push up or down where the cord encircles the staff, but grips instantly and never slips with downward pressure on the hand loop (it's not a wrist loop).
The anodized aluminum Tip Section has epoxy/glass fill at the bottom that sticks on rocks better than the standard tiny carbide bump, and lasts 2,000+ miles. And the fat tip does not damage tree roots and trails like those tiny pointy carbide tips. For paved roads, sidewalks and airports simply flip the BigStik upside down when you hit pavement to use the quiet rubber tip. All the carbon sections are hollow... airport security can see right through. Or, the BigStik becomes a long pipe to collect water from hard to reach streams or seeps. Packs down to 18" long to fit easily in your pack or suitcase.
Calorie Burn Information: Want to carry less food and not get hungry?... hike with ONE BigStik. Want to burn more calories to lose weight?... then buy two BigStiks. In the Feb 19, 2013 issue at www.gizmag.com: "According to the American Nordic Walking Association walking with two poles burns more that 40 percent more calories per hour and works more muscles than normal walking." If you are a long distance hiker, then use one BigStik and, on easy trail sections, swing it horizontally in your hand for the most efficient natural stride... allowing you to carry less food weight.
Monster Carbide Tip - Tired of those tiny carbide tips snapping off or wearing out? The Monster Carbide Tip will never wear out even if you hike all day every day for the rest of your life. We epoxy a 3/8" diameter 4 flute solid carbide milling machine bit into the aluminum tip. The sharp solid carbide bit digs into any trail surface. An aluminum crosstube prevents the carbide bit from sliding up. Lifetime guarantee... if you ever break it or wear it down to nothing we'll send you a new one free. Weighs 3.8 oz.
Add up the lengths of the Carbon or Alloy Sections you select below and then add the length of the Aluminum Tip you select to get the overall length of your BigStik. Free USA and Canada shipping.
The SimpleStove burns alcohol to heat your food and water. It delivers all the benefits of the classic coke-can alcohol stove... small, lightweight, cheap, multifuel. But SimpleStove adds cooking talents no other alcohol stove can deliver. It is fast, easy, and reliable for heating little cups or two gallon pots.
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of the SimpleStove in action...
Stove with fuel = 1 lb
Power of 3 coke can stoves
Big pots won't tip over
Boil a gallon in 12 minutes
Bars vertical = max BTUs
Bars horizontal = average BTUs
Bars flat = minimum BTUs
Cool 5 seconds after flameout.
Roast tasty marshmallows
SlowCap for solo meals
Pick up with stick
Windscreen and ground plate
All parts fit in the jar Technical Info: You get the Storage Jar with Windscreen, Ground Plate, SlowCap and the three Foam Bars inside. The SimpleStove can't spill, can't explode, never flames out, can't be crushed, can't melt, doesn't stink, leaves no soot, floats, boilover water won't extinguish the flames, and the bars are OK for carryon. No 'correct procedures' to follow; no warmup time. Cooks faster than all other alcohol stoves because the flame is much bigger. Or, use the SlowCap to cook solo meals with the least fuel. Boils more water per ounce of pack weight than any other stove. One bar with two ounces of ethanol will boil one liter in 5 minutes and continue boiling to 10 minutes.
1.5 oz (40gm) - 3 bars dry.
4.0 oz (115gm) - 3 bars + jar + windscreen/plate + SlowCap
6.0 oz (170gm) - 3 bars saturated.
8.0 oz (225gm) - 3 bars saturated + storage jar.
18 oz (500gm) - 3 bars + jar + screen, full of alcohol.
The 3 bars and the storage jar filled with alcohol will boil 4 gallons (15 liters!) of water. A Pocket Rocket stove plus two small gas canisters also weighs 18oz, same as the full SimpleStove, and will also boil 15 liters. The SimpleStove packs smaller and has no empty cartridges to carry out and dispose of.
Ultralight backpackers can boil 2 cups of water in 5 minutes using one bar under the cup. That will use 1/2 ounce of the alcohol absorbed inside the bar. And there is never any wasted or spilled fuel. If water boils over it will not put out the fire. When you lift the boiling cup off the bar, to put out the fire, just set another cup or pot upside down over the bar. After 10 seconds the bar is totally cool and can be put back into the storage jar. The 3 bars can absorb 4+ ounces of alcohol... that means you can boil your 2 cups every night for a week with fuel left over. The SimpleStove plus fuel for a week is only 8 ounces in your thruhiker pack.
The strongest wind will not blow out the flame... but your water will take a lot longer to boil. The aluminum ground plate and windscreen we include rolls up and stores inside the fuel jar. You don't need to use the ground plate but it keeps the bars clean. Just brush away leaves and smooth the dirt and set the bars on the ground or on a rock. Since your pot is only one inch off the ground, the risk of tipping over is way less than a typical tall stove. Poke a stick or tent stake into the hole to pick up a flaming bar.
Use one or two or three bars for small, medium, and large pots. A saturated bar will burn for 15 minutes. Roast marshmellows, warm your hands, or boil a liter with one bar. All three saturated bars will boil a gallon of water in 20 minutes with flames for an hour. Lay the bars flat for long slow cooking, lay on edge for medium speed cooking, set vertical for really fast cooking. The ceramic foam bars will absorb any kind of alcohol, or use acetone nail polish remover. Ethanol 95% makes no soot, isopropyl 99% burns very clean and is cheap. The storage jar holds 14 ounces of alcohol plus the three bars. The jar is 4 inch diameter by 3 inch tall and seals pressure tight for backpacking. Free shipping to USA and Canada addresses. $12 international postage.
The StackPack 'OneKG' Pak-Flat
External Frame Backpack
(Pictures below show some options and accessories.)
We make custom Barrel Bags...
this one from recycled cat food bags.
Lifetime Warranty, 30 Day Free Trial, and Free USA Shipping (scroll down for international shipping)
If the StackPack does not work for you, just send it back for a full refund.
"We bought two 'scratch and dent' Luxurylite packs from you years ago....
-- Debbie Kramer -2018
P.S. It's still the most comfortable pack either of us have worn. And since I herniated L5-S1 a few years ago, the ONLY pack I will wear. I'm so grateful that it exists :)"
If you want to shop the dozens of options to customize your StackPack, please scroll down for more info. If you want to really enjoy your next adventure, click the above 'Add to Cart' button now and place your order right now.) >>>Download the StackPack User Guide (1.5 meg MSWord file)
When you hike with the StackPack there is no more:
• adjusting dozens of straps,
• fixing jammed zippers, (none)
• packing stuff sacks,
• sweaty back in summer, (full ventilation)
• cold back in winter, (no compression of jacket down)
• unpacking everything to find one thing on the bottom
• stopping to put on the rain cover, (rainproof)
• fighting the bear canister, (totally visible)
• clicking/unclicking a sternum strap, (none)
• pack tipping over into the mud, (stands on its own)
• walking hunched over to balance your load,
• picking thorns out of your waist belt,
• wiping mud off your waist belt,
• carrying a little rucksack for side trips,
• re-organizing all your stuff inside your tent,
• leaving your pack on at the rest stop.
"Muchas Gracias mi amigo," Denis (Red Leader) Hazlewood...
"I have been proudly carrying my LuxuryLite backpack since 2003, when Bruce put one together for me at his booth at the ADZPCTKO (Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off), at Lake Morena, CA."
"During these fifteen years I estimate I've carried the LuxuryLite on more than fifty five backpack trips, and, several dozen dayhikes. My LuxuryLite has been to the Grand Canyon, the Lost Coast, five National Parks, eight State Parks, and at least a dozen Wilderness Areas."
"In all those years, on solo hikes, and leading trips for our backpacking group, Carrying A Good Thing Too Far, I've only carried one other pack one time, when I loaned my LuxuryLite to a woman who had never carried a backpack before. I wanted to be sure she'd have pleasant memories of her first backpacking experience. (and she bought one right after)"
"All these years on the trail, I've been asked about my unique ["I've never seen a backpack like that before, tell me about it."] LuxuryLite, by uncounted numbers of hikers, and know that I've sold that pack to at least seven hikers, just because I couldn't shut up about how much I LOVE THIS BACKPACK. I've backpacked since 1967, and carried about twenty different backpacks; believe me: This is THE ONE."
"I use the *original* hook-belt model, and have carried as much as fifty five pounds, with no pain, or problems. Also, the LuxuryLite carries one small cylinder, for a day hike, with no problems at all. Most backpacks don't work well without, at least, some kind of load. Not so with the LuxuryLite; a little or a lot, it does the job with style, and in comfort."
"And then there's the personal service you get from Bruce. Got a problem? Call Bruce and get it straightened out, right now. This guy is amazing, and a hoot to *brag and lie* with; after all, he IS from Texas."
"I recently received a luxurylite back pack for fathers day from my kids. They knew I was going to Philmont... and knew that I was getting tired of my old heavy back pack... I love the backpack and it did exceptionally well during our 80 miles at Philmont.
On one occasion, our crew opted to hike down to Cyphers mine with our lunches and eat there. So instead of someone empting their pack, I had already detached my top bag(smellables) and my bottom bag was empty from setting our tents up. So I took the middle bag off, reattached the bottom bag and filled it with all our lunches and I carried it to Cyphers mine. I barely knew it was on my back.
The only thing that would come close to being a problem while on my trek would be occasionally the frame would pop out of the hook. But, I learned that as soon as I put the pack on I immediately adjusted it from side to side to insure myself that it was completely in the hook.
I love the concept of the three external bags. I could separate my equipment and know exactly where each item I was looking for was located. Thank you so much for this exceptional product. I am sure the "wear and tear" is not any different than any other product. I do a lot of backpacking and the Philmont trek was my first to try this pack out. I can't wait to hit the Buffalo River with my new toy." --Scott
Converts your StackPack into an ultralight Hiking Trailer that will roll over 90% of wilderness trails. The WildWheels connectors slide up into the bottom of the StackPack Frame and are held to the frame with the Shoulder Strap clips. No bolts, or screws, or hinges. It takes only 10 seconds to attach or detach. If you have a pack that weighs 40lbs the wheels will carry about 30lbs leaving only 10lbs on the Hook Belt. Very stable with a 19" width that rolls down narrow trails. Delivers a smooth ride over rocks, gullies, roots, gravel, smoothly rolls up or down building stairways. If the trail gets too knarly or too vertical just lift the StackPack and set it onto the Hook Belt with the WildWheels hanging down. Walk until the next rolling section, then lift off the pack, extend the shoulder straps to full length and drop the top bar into the Hook to roll on down the trail. Heading into a long stretch of climbing/scrambling/snow.... you can pull the wheels out and stow them up high behind the Barrel Bags. They will even roll great in that position like wheeled airport luggage.
The wheels have sealed ball bearings so you can roll through mud, under water, and along a sandy beach with no problems. The solid tires (no flats) will last thousands of miles. And the wheels are easy to replace... held on with a nylock stainless steel nut. Constructed of anodized aluminum tubing with epoxy bonded joints. Never rusts or corrodes. You can strap heavy gear like ammo boxes to the WildWheels frame... or give the kid a ride! Weight is 2lbs.... the StackPack with WildWheels weighs 4.2lbs, less than almost all other wilderness backpacks.
Technical Information Sheets
Ultralight but very tough and durable for weekend trails or border-to-border thru-hikes. Includes the telescoping aluminum Frame that is hand made in our shop in Texas from USA made tubing. The Frame and padded shoulder straps will fit any torso length, child to adult, guy or gal, no compromise on comfort. No sternum strap needed because you can slide the shoulder straps along the top bar. The shoulder strap attachment point can be moved up or down while you are walking to shift weight from waist to shoulders. Bad back?... you cut set the frame and shoulder straps to put all the weight on the Hook Belt and none on your shoulders. The Hook Belt fits waists from 24 to 40 inches (optional large size below).
'Even Flow' Olsen, April 2017 -- "Just ordered a barrel bag for my old original luxurylite external backpack. (2005) Mine was red and you put my trail name on it. Its a great piece of equipment. I have used other backpacks, but always come back to yours. It is the Goldilocks of backpacks - right between the old externals and internals. I carry between 28 and 31 lbs for a week of hiking. Iíll be doing a section of the AT late April to late May. Your backpack always creates interest when Iím with other hikers. When I show them all the features they are impressed. It has held up well. I did sew a waterproof patch over one hole - easy to do, no leaks. The internal backpackers are jealous because I can get into my stuff easier then they can. They all love that it can be use as a chair."
The 66liter StackPack with no accessories weighs 1kg (2lb 3oz), with all the accessory pads it weighs 2lb 12oz. 40-50% less than other packs.
• The NorthFace Terra50 weighs 4lbs, the Osprey Atmos is 4lbs.
• The Kelty Yukon weighs 5lbs, the ULA Airex is 2lb 7oz.
• A 100 Liter StackPack (four 20x10 Bags) weighs 2lb 12oz.
• The Gregory Denali 100 is 6lb 4oz.
• You can sit a little kid on the frame shelf and carry him, or a big chainsaw.
• For little side trips, use the frame with one Barrel Bag and no Hook Belt, like a rucksack.
• The telescoping aluminum frame fits any torso from 5ft to 7 ft... no pins or clamps.
• No shoulder pressure, no spine compression when you set the shoulder straps loose.
• The Hook Belt can be set for a 24-44 inch waistline (optional belt for 35-55in)
• Gear packed with the weight not centered?... rotate the Hook Belt to compensate.
• Carry any heavy item or bear canister on the frame's bottom shelf.
• Frame telescopes down to 22 inches, legal for airline carryons.
• Frame is very strong, tested to hold 200lbs.
• Lifetime Warranty; 30 Day Free Trial.
On a budget?...You can carry more weight in comfort with your favorite old pack by mounting it on the StackPack frame with the Hook Belt.
Touch here to read this entire Review: "I can not recommend this pack enough. As a Scoutmaster for ten years I had an opportunity to try and to see all sorts of external and internal frame packs. This is the best, hands down, in every category. Why do I love this pack Ė Comfortable. No other pack is nearly as comfortable as this. I loaned the pack to my sonís girlfriend for her first backpacking trip ever Ė they came back engaged!! At Philmont... " Tom L. September 2014
The StackPack is the lightest 50+ liter 50lb capacity backpack you can buy. Why? Most people think cloth is lighter than aluminum. Not true. To deliver the same amount of structural support, a fabric/foam structure will weigh about four times an aluminum tube frame. And aluminum tubing is lighter than titanium and totally strong enough for a backpack. The breakthrough Hook Belt and individual waterproof fabric Barrel Bags makes backpacking much more fun. Your gear stays organized and accessible inside the individual Barrel Bags. You can keep all dirty/wet gear isolated from food, cameras, clean clothes. Adjust the waist belt once to the perfect fit and leave it that way all day long because you can slip the frame off and on the Hook just like a beltless rucksack. Your torso length does not matter because telescoping frame adjusts from 20 to 32 inches. You can seup the shoulder straps so there is no compression weight on your spinal column. The StackPack is very comfortable because it is COOL... no insulated pads making your back sweaty and irritated..
"Four or five years ago I got a LuxuryLite pack from you and it has
extended my outdoor career far longer than my aging back deserves." Frank Z. 3/2010
All the weight of your gear inside the Barrel Bags rests on the shelf at the bottom of the frame. And, you can set any food canister on that shelf with the Barrel Bags stacked on top. The velcro loops that hold the Barrel Bags to the vertical frame tubes are not weight bearing so we can use ultralight fabric without tearing. The Hook Belt supports all the weight while the shoulder straps keep the pack stable, but loose, comfortable, and cool. The Hook Belt means you can set your pack down anytime, anywhere without the waist belt dragging in the dirt, mud, and poison ivy - and it stands upright and rainproof.
The Barrel Bags can be removed in a few seconds to use inside your shelter like duffle bags. Barrel Bags are made from fabric that is light, tough, and waterproof. You can float this pack across a lake and nothing gets wet. Each Barrel Bag has a full-width Velcro closure (no zippers to jam and leak) that makes access to all gear fast and easy. The frame's vertical side rails extend one inch above the horizontal top tube so you can hang the Front Pack, hiking poles, dog leashes, etc.
You can slide the shoulder straps right or left along the frame top tube (even while walking) to perfectly fit your shoulders. The waist belt can be set easily from 24 to 44 inches with a moveable Velcro strap. There is no click-to-open belt buckle; you can change the snugness of the belt by fractions of an inch for optimum comfort. Our Barrel Bags will hold a lot more gear than a typical internal frame pack rated at the same cubic inches. Because there are no wasted corners and no double-counted external pockets.
On the trail since 2005, the StackPack works for overnight trips, national park treks, border-to-border thru-hikes, and any adventure in-between. Yes, it's totally unlike your current pack, like a drone is different from an old RC model airplane.
But you will quickly get used to a pack that you can put on and off in seconds and leaves your torso free to walk and balance naturally. You can configure the StackPack to put no pressure on your shoulders or spine. All the weight can be directed down the aluminum vertical tubes straight to the hip belt and lumbar pad.
The optional Front Pack puts weight out front to correct your center of gravity and make water/maps/GPS/phone instantly handy.
You won't miss all those tiny pockets on your current pack because with the Hook Belt it takes only 3 seconds to have the pack standing upright on the ground or on a stump. And the pack is on your back again in 5 seconds. And you never had to unclick or adjust the shoulder straps or waist belt. AND you can use to Front Pack to access all your items while walking along.
The Barrel Bags eliminate Hassle #1 while hiking... and that is finding that thing you need fast!
You have multiple Barrel Bags with long velcro openings that let you reach to anywhere inside fast so every piece of gear is just seconds away. Nothing gets buried two feet down at the bottom of your pack. Nothing falls out of little pockets you forgot to zip, nothing gets wet from leaky zippers.
The Barrel Bags give you flexible capacity For little trips you can use just one or two Barrel Bags. Gear junkie? Need even more room?... stack four or five Barrel Bags for over 100 liters. Or add the new Wilderness Wheels to make an ultralight wilderness trailer.
Tune the frame to your body. If you adjust the shoulder straps a little loose there is no weight compressing your spine. If you lower the frame slider and tighten the shoulder straps you can share the load between shoulders and hips. The external frame enables hiking with the coolest and warmest pack design.... in the summer no hot sweaty pads press on your back. The pack pumps cooling air as it moves fore and aft a little with each step. In the winter, you put the Hook Belt on first, then your parka. Your jacket's insulation stays fully lofted. You just lift the jacket tail before dropping the frame onto the Hook.
Captain Caveman... "Another thing I love about your pack is its' all-around versatility. I love having one pack system I take on every trip, whether I am going ultralight for a few nights, or backcountry fishing for weeks at a time. When I go on canoe trips with my little pack canoe, or when I go on long fishing trips where I wade a lot, I add a big dry bag to the system. I love how my big dry bag (seal line pro pack 115L) is easily attached to the pack frame. I keep most of my gear in the original cylinders, like stuff sacks, to keep my gear compartmentalized in the "black hole". It does add a few pounds of course, but its worth it sometimes. I have actually floated my pack with the original gear cylinders on water crossings, and was amazed that it kept all my gear dry! But, with the dry bag, my pack actually becomes a life raft. I can lay on it, and paddle right across a pond!
I also usually add a go-lite Ion pack as an additional gear cylinder; I keep my essential items in there, and can quickly grab it for short trips away from camp to fish, or gather, or explore, or whatever...
Another way I 'customized' the best pack in the world was to add compression/gear attachment straps to the outside. I loop a daisy chain over the top of the frame, or around the vertical posts. I also threaded a nylon strap thru the tube on the outer edge of of the platform. The strap has an adjustable buckle on it. I put a 1oz carabiner on the daisy chain so it slides down to the center, and run the strap thru the biner, clip it into its' buckle, and tighten it down. It makes an X or hourglass shape over all the gear, with the biner roughly in the center. This makes it super easy to stack something else with the cylinders, like sleeping pad, fly rod case, waders, mesh bag of wet stuff, etc...
Your Luxury Lite pack really is super light, super strong, and super versatile. A seriously great piece of gear for every trip I take. If I could only take ONE thing with me into the woods, it would certainly NOT be the luxury lite pack. BUT if I could take 2 or more things, the first thing I would grab is my pack!!!!!"
Ultralight with a total weight of 1 kilogram [2.2lbs, 35oz]. Popular packs are about twice the weight... the NorthFace Terra50 and the Osprey Atmos weigh 4lbs, the Arc'teryx Altra 65 and the Kelty Yukon weigh 5lbs. We achieve this level of performance by using artisan construction processes and the optimum materials in our Texas shop. USA sourced 7075-T9 aluminum tubing and fabric are purchased in small batches and quality tested before production. Calibrated milling machines are operated by hand, three different sewing machines are setup and tuned for different fabric components. We make batches of four at a time to insure the best quality and to speed up incorporating new features and improvements.
The modular construction means you can configure a PCT thru-hike pack or an urban travel pack that exactly matches your mission. And, if you lose or break some piece.... strap, frame tube, barrel bag,... that part can be replaced fast, in the field, at a low cost. Want to design your own pack?... you can buy just the Frame with Shoulder Straps and Hook Belt and mount any other bag/bags. The bottom shelf will hold a bear canister, chainsaw, baby seat, etc. See the pictures below for examples.
Buy the parts and pieces you need to build the perfect Stackpack for your mission...
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We can make custom Barrel Bags... with a variety of fabrics. For instance, pet food bags use a very tough waterproof polyethylene fabric... see the photo.
Features of neoTrekk® products are protected by US Patents.
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