Originally I bought the frame bare, no bag, and made my own cavernous pack bag out of 8 oz. packcloth. Later I remodeled, switching to 4 oz. oxford and trimming a bit off the top of the pack frame.... As it stands the total weight is 3 lbs 10 oz with a pack bag that is full length on a slightly shortened frame...... and I expect the total weight would get down under 3 lbs while still maintaining a volume that exceeds anything I'd be likely to want to carry.... ...Simplify and you can lighten up without losing any essential function.
Great ideas Paul. Getting the weight below 3 lbs. would be remarkable! Thanks for your reply and ideas.
Besides causing foot injuries, my other small problem with the old Kelty is that the big bear can doesn't fit inside; did you redesign your pack bag hold a sideways bearcan? It's only a small problem because I like to have that weight up top, and it does balance nicely there, and also strapped below the packbag when necessary. I am not yet seeking ultra-light gear, though I am heading that way.
What I am most interested in learning is how to make the EF pack a bit more stable. It's been many years since I've used one, and though I am happily reminded of how well they carry heavy loads, I am also noticing the extra movement of the load. I know they are better for trails than class 3 passes, and look forward to the challenge, but I am thinking up ways to steady the load. This version of a Kelty has the sternum strap, but no stabilizing webbing between the top corners of the frame and the shoulder straps, and I may decide to add those.
Did you come up with any clever stabilizing modifications Paul- anyone? Thanks, Harlen.