Edit/Approval - OR - RIBZ Front Pack - Erin M. Hedden
- RIBZ FRONT PACK
BY ERIN M. HEDDEN
May 19, 2012
NAME: Erin M. Hedden
LOCATION: Southeastern Colorado, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 153 lb (69.40 kg)
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking since 4 years of age, taking
long trips into the mountains with my family. I hike various terrains from
mountains and plateaus to grasslands and prairies. My excursions can be a day
hike with a light-weight waist pack, a loop trail taking up to 5 days on which I
keep my pack as light-weight as possible, or an in-and-out trip for a night or
two where my pack can be heavy. Slow and steady is my pace and I use a tent or a
hammock depending on weather and terrain.
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Year of Manufacture: 2011
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.ribzwear.com/">>
MSRP: US $59.95
Listed Weight: 9 oz (255 g)
Measured Weight: 10 oz (283 g)
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The RIBZ Front Pack boasts 800+ cu. in. (13 L) of space, unfortunately I have no
way of measuring this claim to confirm or deny this claim made by the
manufacturers, however, I have loaded it up then weighed it and came up with 11
pounds (5 kg) of gear that was able to be stored inside the five pockets of the
RIBZ Front Pack.
The newer version of RIBZWEAR Front Packs now have two sizes. The 500 ci (8 L),
and the 700 ci (11 L) models that come in Alpine Green, Stealth Black and Camo.
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The RIBZ Front Pack that I have is made of 210d water resistant ripstop nylon
and is Alpine green with the RIBZ decal embroidered on both sides of the pack in
bright green. The shoulder rear waist strap is black and they are adjustable.
There are also two D-rings attached to the front of the shoulder straps, one on
I have worn the RIBZ Front Pack on countless hikes throughout the fall of 2011,
the winter of 2011-2012 and into the spring of 2012 both alone by itself and in
conjunction with a backpack. I wear the Ribz Front Pack when I go fishing,
hiking, camping, hunting and even biking.
The RIBZ Front Pack has been used in sunny and warm weather in temperatures well
above 90 F (32 C), in the chilly early spring rain when the temperature was 53 F
(12 C), and during a snowstorm when the temperature dipped down to 32 F (0 C).
Of course it has been used in various climates and in different weather, these
are just a few that I can recall clearly where I used the front pack during the
early winter of 2011 into the late winter months of 2012.
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On hikes I generally pack up the RIBZ Front Pack with snacks, gloves, dog
treats, sun screen, bug spray and other necessities like car keys, wallet, lip
balm, small flashlight, collapsible dog dish, tissue and camera gear.
This spring I got out to Oxbow Wildlife Refuge on a hot, sunny, May day while
the temperature was recorded being 91 F (33 C). This outing was the first time I
have been able to get out and use the RIBZ Front Pack in the real heat of spring
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On a fishing trip to John Martain Reservoir in Hasty, Colorado I packed up the
RIBZ with a few snacks and essentials, along with a small waterproof tackle box
that contained my most used lures for that area and headed out over the rocky
southern shores of the reservoir to find a good fishing spot. The temperature
when I set off from camp was 72 F (22 C), but by the time I got back to camp the
temperature had risen to 95 F (35 C).
The RIBZ Front Pack is constructed of two halves that join together by a zipper
in the front, right across the abdomen. There are three separate zipper pockets
on the left side and two separate zipper pockets on the right hand side.
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The left hand side of the RIBZWEAR Front Pack has one main compartment, which
has two smaller pockets inside of it to store gear for easier organization and
access. There is a smaller, pocket below that which opens from the side and goes
back all the way to the end of the pack itself for maximum space to be allowed
for storing gear. The smaller pocket is below the middle pocket and centered on
the pack itself. This pocket is great for storing smaller items that I use most
often, such as lip balm, a small flashlight and any medications that I may be
carrying for the day.
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The right hand side of the RIBZ Front Pack has one large main compartment that
zips up from the bottom and over the top, just like the left hand side main
pocket does, and it too has two smaller pockets sewn into it to create better
organization of gear stowed away in its main compartment. Unlike the left side
the right side only has one other pocket, the longer smaller pocket that is
identical in length and size to the left side pocket.
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The pack is worn over the shoulders and around the back where it is adjustable
on both shoulders, and at the waist and center of the back.
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In summation I find that the RIBZ Front Pack is very comfortable to wear on its
own or in conjunction with a backpack. It is great for day hikes and for long
distance treks. I can always find what I need, when I need it, without having to
stop and take my backpack off and dig in it and have to hassle with putting the
backpack back on. With everything stored in organized neatness in the five
different pockets that the RIBZ Front Pack has, everything is right where I can
access it without having to tear everything apart looking for something.
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I feel like this is a very beneficial piece of gear to have and it eliminates
the constant rummaging around in a backpack for a piece of gear like a
flashlight or snacks. Without having to take my pack off every time I need to
get out my gloves makes the trail easier to handle and it doesn't cause my back
more pain from having to take off a heavy pack, then put it back on once I found
It is made of a strong and durable material and is constructed well. The zipper
has yet to wear out or break.
THINGS I LIKE
I like the fact that it can be worn all on its own or in conjunction with a
backpack and be comfortable.
I like that it is made of 210d water resistant ripstop nylon.
I like the 5 pocket set up so everything is stored in an organized way and this
reduces the need to waste time rummaging around inside a specific compartment.
I like the large amount of space the main pockets allow and the fact that there
are 2 smaller dividers in these larger compartments to better organize my gear.
I like that it is adjustable and can fit anyone who puts it on.
I like the Alpine Green color.
And I like the way it redistributes my weight when I have it on with a heavy
I also like how easy it is to clean.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
I didn't like that the shoulder straps were not padded and feel that the D-rings
could have been made of a better material than what was used, plastic. Also, I
did not like how hot the Front Pack got underneath of it on the hot days when I
had it out, but that can be expected even with a backpack. I just felt like
perhaps a more breathable construction to the backside of the Front Pack could
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