TheFireStore.com recently sent me a True North: Frontline Defender Pack to review.
While I don’t fight wildfires, I understand the need for comfort. I can tell you that this pack sits on your back and hugs your waist in comfort. As a matter of fact, I am wearing mine right now as I write this article. They have put a lot of thought into the H-style harness and ensuring comfort. Stay hydrated with the built-in 3L Hydration System. There is a removable New Generation shelter case that can be rear mounted (fits Standard and Large shelter). The Defender pack also includes a pocket which will hold fusee’s and keep them protected from the elements. The pack includes plenty of attachment points for more equipment.
Now, if only we can make SCBA’s this comfortable…
Pros: Comfort, lightweight,
I would recommend this Defender Pack to others, and I will give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
While I will likely not be able to wear this product on the job since I work in an urban setting, I am certain that wildland firefighters will love it!
Product Specifications: Specifically Designed to Minimize Heat Stress
Everything about the Frontline Defender™ has been rethought and redesigned. The main challenge in the red-zone is heat stress, and this pack has been specifically designed to minimize heat stress by putting the hydration on the waist and leaving the back uncovered. New H-style harness for rock-solid load control and stability. Removable New Generation shelter case can be rear mounted (fits Standard & Large shelter), and removable accessory pocket holds 1L water bottle. Built-in 3L Hydration System, plus built-in covered fusee holder. True MOLLE attachment for all accessories.
- New H-style harness
- Removable New Generation shelter case that can be rear mounted (fits Standard and Large shelter)
- Removable accessory pocket holds 1L water bottle
- Built-in covered fusee holder
- New MOLLE attachment system
- Built-in 3L Hydration System (included)
- NFPA 1977 Certified
- Capacity: 1400 cu in | Dimensions: 14” x 13” x 7”
- Materials: 1000D Cordura®, Nylon Webbing, #10 YKK® Zipper, Nylon Hardware
- Weight: 2.5 lbs