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Kelley King
October 02, 2000
Molded backpacks are designed to keep vulnerable contents snug and safe
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October 02, 2000

Gear

Molded backpacks are designed to keep vulnerable contents snug and safe

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Hard-bodied Lightweights

Smushed sandwiches are one thing, but it is a rare vista that can make up for a smashed Palm V six hours into an ascent. With the "i-generation" in mind, Sun Mountain (800-227-9224) introduces the Hard-Paq in both Book Bag ($159) and Traveler ($199) sizes. Fragile items tucked into internal pockets are protected by a candy-colored, impact-resistant, injection-molded plastic shell that is lightweight and virtually indestructible.

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