The Summit 52 packing system is a versatile, lightweight, and dependable system that is well suited for multi-day backpacking, day hikes, water sports, and much more. The 6-point compression panel, ergonomic frame, contoured shoulder straps, and padded hip belt make this a great pack for any adventure. The integrated flip-down seat feature provides comfort and convenience on and off the trail.
Frame Type: Large Exo-Frame | Fitting and Sizing details
Pack Weight: 2.7 kg | 6.0 lb.
Pack Fits Torso Length: 18.0-23.0 in / 45.7-58.5 cm
Frame Material: Glass-Filled Nylon
Material(s): 210D Ripstop Cordura | 3-Layer Hypalon
Hardware: UTX High-Impact Buckles
Gear Capacity (Main): 52L | 3400 cu-in
Additional Features: Quick Release Straps | Velcro Strap Keepers | Sliding Sternum Strap | Zippered Storage Pocket | Lash Loops
My buddy recommended this pack to me. It was a great buy. This thing is awesome in the snow. I took it on a 2-day back country snowshoe trek in Colorado and I loved it. The recommended dry bag option for gear is spot on. All my stuff stayed dry and it was easy to stash inside my tent. My pack’s chair was awesome around the warming fire, and kept my butt off the cold during breaks. Best snow pack.
Kevin T. –
I grew up using a old kelty external frame pack (hand me down) and it worked pretty well for distributing the weight. Like everyone else I transitioned to internal frames. The problem I have is that a lot of heat and moisture gets trapped between my back and the pack, which means prickly heat and rub marks on my lower back. And, it seemed like the pack’s weight just wasn’t carried as well. So I decided to try going back to an external frame pack. After a bit of research I heard about you guys and your exoskelton frame. I bought my summit 52 in late July and have used it on several trips… (finally getting around to a review). I tested it on a 10 mile weekend trip, then gradually increased to longer trips. The last was a 37 mile trip over 4 days on the AT. Each time it was comfortable to wear, it breathed, and my back felt great. The chair is a bonus when resting along the trail. The only downside is there could be a larger outside pocket to hold trail-ready items and a hydration bladder. Still, this really is a great modern framed pack.
I bought this pack as a way to carry my dry bag. Sometimes I have to walk a bit to get to a place where I can put my 12′ kayak in, and carrying my dry bag is a pain. My Summit52 makes this process so much easier and way more efficient, not to mention the awesome seat. I love that I can chill out on the beach and lounge in my pack’s chair. This pack is way cool and perfect for water sports! 5 stars from me.
Pros – This pack is very comfortable to wear, and it is easy to fit. The modular design lets you carry all kinds of loads. example – I like being able to carry my climbing rope bags stacked, instead of stuffed inside a pack. I can strap a small bag on to it for use as a day pack, or a large bag to use for multi-day trips. The chair is awesome around the campfire, on the trail, or inside my tent. Cons – There could be more pockets. The internal external lash points offer plenty of ways to attach gear and hydration, but a larger outside pocket would make it better. The external pocket that it does have works only for smaller items (wallet, cell phone, keys, etc..). As is, it is a good pack. If you use a bag with external pockets (old backpack with straps removed) it works great. That is my tip of the day. 😉
At first I was intrigued by the foldout seat integrated within the frame. Yep, it is pretty handy and quite clever. However, I am more amazed at how versatile this pack is. The concept of using a simple compression panel and external frame is really quite smart. It is more of a modular approach to packing gear. I own a half-dozen packs that I used for various activities. Essentially I used a different pack for a different activity. Honestly it was rather inefficient. Now I can use the same “pack” for all my activities. I use different sacks for various types of gear or load sizes and simply drop them into my Summit, pull a few straps tight, and I am ready to get on with it. Historically external frames were always known to be better for managing weight. The Summit’s composite external frame is a hightech modern version that is much lighter and far more comfortable. The only downside to this “pack” is that it does not have any external stuff pockets. There is one zippered pocket on the outside panel, which is good for smaller items. Otherwise, you have to strap gear to the outside or stuff it between the compression panel and the sack. Overall it works great and a really cool concept.