FR six moon designs Comet pack
- Hi group
Here is my Field Report for the comet pack.
There are a few photographs in the report and as such, Yahoo may make this look weird :)
I`m having problems with the loaded html version and have posted on BGTWebhelp to tery a resolve the problems
The html can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/cqlpe but looks messy. Hopefully I`ll get the html sort in the next day or so.
Six Moon Designs Comet Backpack
Name: George Griffin
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Email: griffin42 (at) tiscali (dot) co (dot) uk
City: London U.K
Date: 27 July 2005
I have been backpacking since 1986, mainly in the Peak District, Lake District, Wales and Southern England. I am also the London liaison member for the Backpackers Club. In recent years I have backpacked with two friends. Most of my trips are from September through to May, I normally get four 4+ day trips in that time, plus the occasional weekend.
Terrain and elevation on these trips can be anything from coastal paths to mountains, sea level to 3,000 ft (900 m). Temperatures range from -5 C to 23 C (23 F to 75 F).
Torso: 53 cm (21 in)
Waist: 99 cm (39 in)
Other lightweight packs owned
Home-made GVP G4
Manufacturer: Six Moon Designs
Year of manufacture: 2005
MSRP: $ 170
Optional stays $10
Listed weight (with stays): 765 gm (27 oz)
Listed weight (without stays): 624 gm (22 oz)
Measured weight (with stays): 780 gm (27.5 oz)
Measured weight (without stays): 652 gm (23 oz)
Capacity: 61 litres (3700 cubic inches)
Size: adjustable to fit torso length from 38 cm to 51 cm (15 to 20 in)
Advanced Suspension System
Two full length side mesh pockets
Large rear mesh pocket
Padded shoulder straps
Padded hip belt
Dual ice axe loops
Dual hydration ports
Aluminium stays (optional)
Materials used in construction
Body: 70 denier silicone nylon
High wear area: 420 denier pack cloth
Extension collar: 30 denier silicone nylon
So far; I have managed to use the comet on eleven days. Of these; five were on a backpacking trip, the rest of the time it was used as a large day pack.
The non-backpacking trip was a family holiday in Wales and the pack was used as the main carry all, mainly carrying food, drink, swimming costumes, towels and a beach shelter (which weighed around 2.2 kg (5 lb)) to the beach. Other times we were just visiting the tourist traps and items carried were normally waterproofs, cameras, food and drink. The equipment carried was for two adults and two young children. The weight carried for these days were between 3-6 kg (8-15 lb). Also on this trip to Wales; I did two day hikes, one of 10 km (6 m) and one of 16 km (10 m) using the pack, again carrying waterproofs, cameras, food and drink.
During this trip I had removed the hip belt; as with such small weights, I didn't really need it attached. I did leave the aluminium stays in though.
I did have a little bit of trouble undoing the straps that attach to the hip belt , mainly pulling the webbing through the ladder lock buckles.
Most of the time when using the pack on this trip, I carried it only on one shoulder and occasionally when it was heavier I would wear it on both.
After this trip I did notice that some of the webbing straps were starting to fray on the ends.
One thing I noticed with the aluminium stays was that although they stayed in the long stay pockets, they did keep popping out of the top near to where the hook & loop fasteners were.
Doh! moment number one
It wasn't until much later that I discovered that there is a pocket on the flap for the top of the aluminium stay to go into.
Field Testing Two
The next time the pack was used, was two weeks later for my 5-day backpacking trip along the South West coast path.
Having packed my equipment into the pack on the Saturday afternoon, I left it lying on my bed. Later that evening I brought the pack downstairs ready for the next day. In the meantime I was still adding the odd piece of equipment to the pack; I went to add a small battery container to the front pocket when I noticed the rip on the front pocket. (Fig 1)
How this happened I don't have a clue; as far as I know the pocket never got caught on anything and it definitely wasn't ripped when I got it out of the cupboard. By the look of the rip, it looks like it came away from the yellow banding but the stitching all looked fine. The only other way, is that the pocket was overloaded but I don't think the pocket had too much in it. (Fig 2).
Rip to front pocket
Anyway two minutes with a needle and cotton and Deb had repaired it.
Doh! moment number two
When I first received the pack and after checking everything was O.K. I took photographs of the items on the pack which I thought were interesting parts.
One of these was the aluminium stays, I only removed one to photograph and then replaced it exactly the same way.
The night before I left for my trip; one of the other testers posted a note on the group enquiring about which way in the stays should go, convex or concave. As I had the pack to hand I looked and the stays were convex, so I posted this back to the group.
Next day after arriving at our campsite and before setting up camp; my backpacking buddy, Peter was eyeing up the pack. As normal we were talking and trying out each others new gear; Peter had the fully loaded pack on but said that he couldn't get the pack comfortable and felt that something was digging in his shoulders. After taking the pack off and checking the stays against the ones in his frame pack we realised the the stays should be concave; this is when we also found the pockets on the top of the stay flaps.
Changing the stays to the correct way did make the pack feel more comfortable.
On returning home; I posted back to the group that the stays should be concave and within a couple of days, Ron Moak (the owner of six moon designs) replied saying that unfortunately some of the packs had been sent out with the stays incorrectly placed in the pockets and would make sure that all stays would be checked in future.
Field testing two (continued)
Although we were out for 5-days; we were only averaging about 12 km (8m) a day, mainly because of lots of combes (which means loads of ups & downs). The pack weight was a little over 11 kg (24 lb) and this put it inside the 15 kg (30 lb) recommended by the manufacturers.
The pack easily took all of my equipment that needed to go inside, and the front and side pockets took the items I needed to hand; namely waterproofs, sunscreen, platypus bootle, spare batteries and my cooking equipment. I did find that some of the small items did sink to the bottom of the pocket, I solved this problem by packing my waterproof jacket in one side pocket and trousers in the other then placing the items on top of these; the elastic at the top made sure that nothing fell out.
The lumbar pad has worked really well to keep the lower part of the pack away from my back and although I had still sweated up, it definitely wasn't as bad as with the other lightweight packs I own.
The shoulder straps and hip belts have performed well especially the hip belt. The extra padding on the hip belt is great and I found that I could get the belt sitting nice and comfortably on my hips, unlike the other packs which only have webbing for the belt.
One of my concerns in my Initial Report was the length of the webbing strap from the shoulder straps to the anchor point on the pack. Initially I used the pack with only a T-shirt and a lightweight fleece and I found that I only had about 1.3 cm (½ in) of play in the strap. On the second day of the trip we had rain and I was wearing a t-shirt, fleece and waterproof jacket and had no problems with the length of the straps.
On this day it rained for about four hours, on and off. The worse part was crossing Woolacombe Bay; which is a 3.2 km (2m) stretch of sandy beach. There was an offshore wind blowing the rain continuously into our side, after crossing the beach and finding some shelter, I had a quick look at the pack and found although the outside was quite wet, the inside was only damp. By early afternoon the rain had stopped and by the time we reached the campsite (at about 4.30 pm) the pack was nearly dry.
I do carry some of the weight of the pack on my hips through the hip belt but I do like most of the weight on my shoulders and this means pulling the load lifters quite tight; and this created one problem for my back. The shoulder straps run up to the back of the pack and then go on to two webbing strips which in turn connect to a single piece of webbing which is about 11 cm (4½ in) long, which attaches to the tri-glide system. This single piece of webbing passes through a ladder lock buckle and then doubles back to lock it off. As this strip of webbing is only 11 cm (4½ in) long it only just reaches down to the top of the ladder lock and part of it sits a little proud (Fig 3) which then presses into my back (Fig 4), this was after the first day.
This only happened when I was wearing a T-shirt, when wearing a fleece it was to thick to rub on my back. This wasn't sore just red; I never knew it was there, it was only Peter seeing it when I had my T-shirt off. As I didn't want to aggravate my back anymore than necessary I stuck a plaster over the area on my back for the rest of the trip. If the strip of webbing was 2.5-3.5 cm (1-1½ in) longer it would go under the other side of the lock and be out of the way.
Fig 3 Fig 4
Also on this trip; I noticed that the fraying on the webbing was getting worse. It seem that the ends either hadn't been sealed properly or the sealing was rubbing away somehow. (Fig 4).
Webbing on Hip belt Webbing on shoulder strap End of webbing on Hip belt
I like this pack; the stays give it a much more stable feel to it, more like a traditional frame pack. The side and front pockets are nice and big and I can get everything that I would need during the day in them, so I don't needed to keep opening the main body.
The material of the main body of the pack, is quite strong and resilient the 70 denier silicone nylon, 30 denier silicone nylon, and 420 denier pack cloth all look the same as when the pack first arrived, only a bit dirtier but still in good nick.
The same can't be said for some of the webbing, the webbing on the hip belt seems to be the worse at unravelling especially on the end and where the webbing joins the padded part of the belt.
The Strip of webbing on the tri-glide gives me the most concern; although I didn't have any pain from it, it was only the first day; what would it have been like after a week if Peter hadn't seen the mark.
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- The report is looking better and I have posted it in the test folder at
- Thanks for the report. Here are my edits for the six moon designs
comet pack. After you are done please uplaod to the folder.
EDIT No period after K.
So far; I have managed to use the comet on eleven days. Of these; five were on
EDIT Remove semi colons
his trip to Wales; I did two
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hip belt; as with such small
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they did keep popping out of the top near to where the hook & loop
EDIT they did keep popping out of the top near the hook and loop fasteners.
aluminium stay to go into.
EDIT: IS there just one pocket. Should be plural. (stays)
the pack on the Saturday afternoon
EDIT: Remove the before saturday.
In the meantime I was still adding the odd piece of equipment to the
pack; I went to add a small battery container to
EDIT: The sentance sounds odd. Did you add more than one peice of odd
equipment? If so try something like this. "In the meantime I was still
adding odd pieces of equipment to the pack when I noticed..."
How this happened I don't have a clue; as far as I know the poc
EDIT: Remove semi-colon, make period "...clue. As far as I know..."
This one is hard to explain.
Anyway two minutes with a needle and cotton and Deb had repaired it.
After that sentance you have Fig 2. Fig 2 should be moved down to
allow some space between the paragraph and the pic. Everytime I read
that paragraph when I went back to the next line I always hit one line
up form where I needed to be. It made it tough visually to read that
paragraph. Let me know if it isnt clear.
Comment: Who is Deb? Might consider saying it was repaired.
One of these was the aluminium stays, I only
EDIT: period after stays. I only
The night before I left for my trip; one of the other testers posted a
note on the group enquiring about which way in the stays should go,
convex or concave.
EDIT: Remove semi colon after trip.
EDIT: remove in after way. "....which way the stays should go in."
As I had the pack to hand I
EDIT: pack at hand
up camp; my backpacking buddy
EDIT: Remove semi colons.
others new gear; Peter had the
EDIT: Remove semi colon, make period.
As normal we were talking and trying out each others new gear; Peter
had the fully loaded pack on but said that he couldn't get the pack
comfortable and felt that something was digging in his shoulders.
After taking the pack off and checking the stays against the ones in
his frame pack we realised the the stays should be concave; this is
when we also found the pockets on the top of the stay flaps.
EDIT: Sounds like Peter is carrying two packs. Please differentiate if
he said this about your pack or his pack. Very confusing. Did you
find the pockets on his pack?
home; I posted
EDIT: Remove semicolon
5-days; we were only
EDIT: Spell out five, remove - , remove semi colon.
I needed to hand; namely
EDIT" at hand, remove semi colon.
of these; the elastic
EDIT remove semi colon, make period..of these. The elastic
Bay; which is a
EDIT: Guess what?
side, after crossing the
EDIT: side and after crossing the
shelter, I had
EDIT: Remove comma
EDIT: 4: 30 use a colon between the 4 and 30.
I do carry some of the weight of the pack on my hips through the hip
belt but I do like most of the weight on my shoulders and this means
pulling the load lifters quite tight; and this created one problem for
EDIT: Period after shoulders. This means pulling the load lifters
quite tight which created a probome for my back.
This wasn't sore just red; I never knew it was there, it was only
Peter seeing it when I had my T-shirt off
EDIT: Re word this sentence. Maybe something like "This wasn't sore
just red, and I never knew it was there. It was only Peter seeing it
It seem that the ends either
EDIT: It seemed
this pack; the stays give
EDIT: Remove semicolon, add period or even ! exclamation point.
more stable feel to it, more like
EDIT: remove to it, "..much more stable feel more like..."
of the webbing, the webbing o
EDIT: period between webbing. The
The Strip of webbing on the tri-glide gives me the most concern;
although I didn't have any pain from it, it was only the first day;
what would it have been like after a week if Peter hadn't seen the
EDIT: remove semi colon after concern.
EDIT: pain from it since it was only the first day. What would it have been...
EDIT: seen the mark?
- At 10:21 AM 30/07/2005, you wrote:
>Thanks for the report. Here are my edits for the six moon designsDear Brian
>comet pack. After you are done please uplaod to the folder.
Thanks for the edit. Can I however, please ask that you make it a bit
clearly as to whose reports you are editing. I worked it out from the
clues, but it would help me if you addressed your edit to the report writer.
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- Roger Wilco.
I knew I forgot something.
> Thanks for the edit. Can I however, please ask that you make it a bit
> clearly as to whose reports you are editing. I worked it out from the
> clues, but it would help me if you addressed your edit to the report