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8/29/2013 8:21 PM
 

Just thought I'd share - the Eberlestock G-Type internal frame ($19.95) fits very well in a Highlander to provide a nice lightweight internal frame - a nice option for the Highlander I think with cooler days coming. The "Endo" also fits in the Ute as it happens. Apologies for poor pick but it shows the Highlander standing with the frame in.

 

Endo G-type Internal Frame

 

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8/29/2013 11:13 PM
 

 Very interesting. Unfortunately, your pic doesn't show up for me so I can't see what it looks like in the Highlander, but it sounds cool. I find the Highlander a little floppy fpr me without some kind of frame so I haven't used mine as a standalone pack. This might do the trick for me nicely, especially since it's a nice ready-made option. 

 
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8/30/2013 10:51 AM
 

Are you putting it in the back slot pocket or in the main compartment, either way pretty cool idea.


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8/30/2013 2:13 PM
 

scothill wrote

Are you putting it in the back slot pocket or in the main compartment, either way pretty cool idea.

It works slightly better in the main compartment, in the back slot pocket it protrudes a inch or 2.

 

 
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8/31/2013 9:08 AM
 

Very cool--it wouldn't have occured to me to put a frame into a beltless pack, but I can see where optimizing contact points along your torso could take a bit of load off your shoulders.  I'll be very interested to see if folks start to run this with a PB as well--together, since the Highlander's bag is really shpaed well for slipping though brush, I bet you'd have a great set-up, especially if your day usually involves a little "rhodo-crawling."

 
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12/1/2013 12:43 PM
 

 I picked up a blackhawk internal frame kit (603D00), it has one metal stay,width wise is almost perfect maybe a 1/4 inch added on each side would have been perfect. It could have been about 2 inches longer (taller) but over all for the price it awesome just slides right in the pocket right behind the back padding.

 
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1/10/2014 11:07 AM
 

I replaced the single stay one with the blackhawk two stay, it was way to big so I cut it down.

Free standing : ) 

 
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1/10/2014 8:27 PM
 

Here's some messing around with the possibility of an "external" frame for my Tara. It's 3/8" OD titanium tubing from my work that had already been bent for a different project we scrapped. First piece out of the pile and it fit perfectly. I need to figure out an easy way to make it a completed loop that can still be removed. Something like this would probably work on a Highlander, although I'm sure if an "external" frame on a pack this small would have much use. But it's always interesting to see where an idea could end up.

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5/26/2014 7:19 PM
 

Another option is the cilo gear framsheet, fits great - very rugged though. Has a single removable aluminium stay. I have yet to chop of the top part of HDPE.

 

 

 
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12/29/2014 7:23 AM
 
As the recipient of a Highlander for Christmas I wanted to bump this thread to see if any of the users kept using their homemade frames or dropped them to seek out other options.

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12/30/2014 7:30 AM
 
Made a bit of a frame at work yesterday trying to improve the floppiness of the pack. While it did that and removed the bulge in the middle when only half loaded, the pack length might be a problem for me even at 6'2".

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12/31/2014 12:17 AM
 
I've been carrying my Highlander as a stand alone pack, using a cut to size piece of GI foam pad as a stiffener / sort-of frame in the slot pocket. It's worked out decently. If I am running a bit more kit inside it, I dock my Prairie Belt to it. That said, I don't load it down too heavy and take care with how I pack it.

I have a large frameless pack that I've used for years (Wild Things Andinista) which has a capacity of 5000 + CI. It also relies on a simple foam pad as the "frame" and is also reliant on how you pack it being the direct correlation for how it carries. I've also used a framesheet with integral aluminum staythat I had from an older pack to act as a frame for it when I know I'm going to carry a bunch of heavy stuff in it.


I do have another framesheet that I cannibalized from another older pack and can use that in my Highlander as well, but I've found that if I just stay disciplined on how much I carry in the Highlander it can carry pretty decently as a pack. I'm 6'2" also. Yep...the Highlander sometimes does seems too tall as a pack, but I've dialed it in to be manageable and comfortable enough for me.

 

That's a pretty cool frame design you came up with....looks to me like it ought to help out a good bit.


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1/2/2015 5:47 PM
 

Also, the frame sheet and stay from an Umlindi actually fits pretty well in the slot pocket of the Highlander.


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