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There are an endless number of truths for backpackers. For me, I can never have enough compression and stuff sacks. Varying sizes give an endless way to organize your pack. And reconfiguring your pack can be a mind numbing chore of thinking of ways to decrease your load while ensuring you aren't leaving anything behind.
The newest high-tech materials make compressions sacks lighter. Shaving off a few ounces on each sack can easily chop off a half-pound to your pack's weight. The Outdoor Research Ultralight Compression Sack has a name that'll give you the gist of my review.
It's light. And a great carrier for my mummy bag.
The sack is made from a ripstop material that's part silicone and nylon - sylnil. The combo results in a durable and tough fabric that chopped off some grams compared to the older-style sacks that I was toting around. A 15-liter sack I used weighted a bit over 4-1/2 ounces.
Four compression straps flank the sides of the Ultralight Compression Sack and a draw cord secures the top of the sack. Outdoor Research designed a small compartment on the lid that can carry small essentials or self storage for the sack. A nice added feature utilizes all the space on the sack. The Outdoor Research Ultralight Compression Sack comes in five sizes – 8, 12, 15, 25 and 35 liters. (MSRP $24 to $36)
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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