Searching for a new pack to accompany you on your next paddling adventure? Need something to keep your gear dry while canyoneering or day hiking in a wet environment? If so, you’ll definitely be interested in the new Kickstarter campaign that was launched today by Klymit. The company is looking to crowdsource its latest project – the Splash 25 – which is an innovative looking dry pack built to resist the elements.
We first told about the Splash 25 after catching a glimpse of it at Outdoor Retailer this past August. The fully waterproof pack is made from 210-denier nylon, and includes a roll top closure designed to keep moisture at bay. It comes with adjustable top straps and a daisy chain on the front, both of which are perfect for securing important gear, while shoulder, sternum, and waist straps allow the wearer to dial in just the right fit.
Of course, we’ve seen plenty of dry packs with a similar description before. In fact, a number of companies make bags very much like this one in a variety of shapes and sizes. But what helps to set the Splash 25 apart from the competition is its integrated Air Frame suspension; something Klymit says is the first of its kind in this type of pack. Leveraging the company’s experience with making inflatable products – including sleeping pads and rafts – Klymit has found a way to integrate an inflatable frame into this backpack, giving it more stability and comfort, without adding much weight. A built-in pump regulates the amount of pressure in the suspension, and allows the wearer to customize it exactly to their needs.
As a result of this innovative approach to the design of the pack, the Splash 25 is surprisingly strong and light. It tips the scales at a mere 21 ounces, but is capable of carrying a load that weighs as much as 35 pounds. The waterproof fabrics are also highly durable, making this a pack that you carry with you just about anywhere, and trust it to keep its precious cargo completely dry in the process. Better yet, with the Air Frame inflated, the pack will even float on water, which should avert some potentially disastrous situations.
Kymit is seeking $30,000 to get the Splash 25 into production, and they’re already off to a good start. As of this writing, they are more than 10% towards that goal, with four weeks to go in the Kickstarter campaign. If successful in their efforts, early bird supporters could get their packs before Christmas, while regular editions of the Splash 25 are expected to start shipping in March of 2016.
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