So I got tired of the ongoing sweaty back syndrome I had when riding with my cheap pack I’d picked up on Woot! a while back.
The problem were the protrusions to raise the pack from your back weren’t big enough to actually raise the pack. As a result, the pack stuck to my back and created what was basically a heater for my back and the water reservoir.
I noticed my larger Kelty day pack had a sheet of slightly oversized plastic in the back to create an arch over the back area.
Inspired by the Kelty pack, I set forth in full on MacGyver mode.
- Find an old mega jug of laundry detergent, or something similar.
- Cut one side of the jug off. Trim the corners so that they’re smooth. If needed, create some ducts to let air flow.
- Don’t forget to keep enough plastic around the ducts so the arch doesn’t flatten against your back.
- Place the arch in the pack.
- Ride with a cooler back and cooler water. Cat approved.