$100 OFF CLOSEOUT SALE! Use "Save$100" discount code at checkout

The Aarn Load Limo is a unique backpack designed to enhance load-carrying comfort, especially during hiking and backpacking. Here are some of the significant benefits and features associated with the Aarn Load Limo:

  1. Dual-Compartment Design: The Load Limo typically features a dual-compartment design, separating the main compartment from the front pocket. This design allows for efficient organization of gear and easy access to items without unpacking the entire bag.

  2. Load Transfer and Balance: One of the primary benefits of the Load Limo is its ability to transfer the weight of the load from your shoulders to your hips and maintain a balanced load. This design helps reduce strain on your back and shoulders, improving comfort during long hikes.

  3. Aarn Balance Pockets: Aarn backpacks, including the Load Limo, often come with detachable balance pockets that can be worn on the front of the backpack. This feature provides easy access to essentials, such as snacks, maps, or a camera, without removing the main pack. It also enhances balance and stability.

  4. Customizable Fit: The Load Limo offers adjustable harness systems to ensure a personalized and comfortable fit for various body sizes and shapes. This feature allows you to fine-tune the fit to your specific needs, reducing the risk of discomfort and pain.

  5. Durability: Aarn is known for producing durable backpacks designed for outdoor adventures. The Load Limo is typically made from high-quality materials and reinforced in high-stress areas to withstand the rigors of hiking and backpacking.

  6. Hydration Compatibility: Many Aarn backpacks, including the Load Limo, come with hydration reservoir sleeves and hose routing systems, allowing you to carry water and stay hydrated without removing your pack.

  7. Ventilation: The Load Limo often includes features like a ventilated back panel to minimize sweating and increase airflow between your back and the backpack, enhancing overall comfort.

  8. Versatility: While primarily designed for backpacking, the Load Limo can also be used for a range of outdoor activities, including trekking, hiking, and wilderness exploration.

  9. Stability: The Load Limo's design and balance features contribute to improved stability, making it well-suited for challenging terrains and uneven surfaces.

  10. Sustainability: Aarn is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes and materials, which can be an important consideration for environmentally conscious outdoor enthusiasts.

Man hiking with Aarn Load Limo Backpack - Light Hiking Gear


When hiking and backpacking, things tend to get pretty heavy. Luckily, Light Hiking Gear carries Aarn hiking "balance packs", perfectly designed for longer trips and expeditions. Not only is this comfortable backpack ideally constructed to prevent back pain, but it also allows for free hip movement.

  • Backpack comes with a single compartment and a waterproof Dri-liner, so you don’t need to worry about items getting wet
  • Features an extendable lid that can be removed along with the liners so as to reduce the overall weight and volume when necessary
  • Comes with a Pelvic-Form hipbelt, Flow-thru Stabilizers, and True-fit shoulder straps for maximum comfort
  • We recommend Expedition front Balance Pockets, which provide greater stability and balance, and a more upright posture. This translates to much less fatigue and strain.
  • Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and accessibility.
  • Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.

This is the best hiking backpack for the most extreme explorers and backpackers. Keep your things dry and keep your back pain-free. Additionally, this comfortable backpack designed by Aarn comes with attachments for trekking poles, ice axes, snowboards, and helmets.

Add Balance Gear Racks (see Options tab) to this comfortable backpack to take the weight of climbing hardware off your shoulders when climbing. The new generation 4 model has a revised frame which is lighter & stronger and an improved Multi-Flow pivot position for an easier-to-use hipbelt.

Front Balance Pockets allow for high weights without feeling intrusive

The Front Balance Pockets attach easily to Aarn comfortable backpacks and convert easily into a daypack after clipping on the shoulder and sternum straps. Hiking, backpacking, and exploring the outdoors has never been easier!

    • Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and easy gear access.
    • Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.
    • The design of the Front Balance Pockets, which includes four mesh exterior pockets with compression chords, is to provide maximum comfort, organization, and accessibility. Attach to the Aarn balance pack for an unmatched outdoors experience.
      • Material: 00D Kodura, 210D, 100D x 70D & 40D ripstop nylon
      • Color: Green/Grey
    Expedition Balance Pockets: Large volume handles heavy loads up front Front Balance Pocket for attaching to an Aarn Load Limo hiking backpack
    Volume
    Gallons
    Liters
    Short Backlength 18.5 Pack: 70

    Front Balance Pockets:15 per pair + 2 in the mesh

    Long Backlength 21.13 Pack: 80 Front Balance Pockets: 18 per pair + 2 in the mesh

    Dimensions
    Inches
    Centimeters
    Short Backlength

    Height: 29.5 Width: 15.7

    Depth (front-back): 11

    Height: 75 Width: 40

    Depth (front-back): 28

    Long Backlength

    Height: 33.5 Width: 15.7

    Depth (front-back): 9.8

    Height: 85 Width: 40

    Depth (front-back): 25


    Weight
    Pounds (without/with dry liner)
    Kilograms (without/with dry liner)
    Short Backlength Pack: 3.97 / 4.14

    Balance Pockets: 1.11

    Pack: 1.8 / 1.88

    Balance Pockets: 504 grams

    Long Backlength Pack: 4.08 / 4.37

    Balance Pockets: 1.14

    Pack: 1.85 / 1.98

    Balance Pockets: 518 grams

    Construction:

    • The fabric used in this comfortable backpack are 500D Kodura nylon; 210D & 40D ripstop nylon
    • Color is a natural green and grey combination
    • Design features Web-loc compression, an Auto-mold frame with hollow 6001 T6 stars and 7075 alloy Load Transfer Tubes

    Recommended Maximum Load (Pack only): 55 pounds (25 kg)


    Flow-Thru Shoulder Straps Pelvic-Form Hipbelt design

    (Click on Buttons to Evaluate and Purchase)

    These allow you to clip climbing hardware on the larger models with Pelvic Form Hipbelts.

    Alternative to sternum straps when Balance Pockets are not used.

    Hold tent, poles, foam pad, etc. on pack sides.

    Just finished a 5 day solo loop round Mt Ruapehu with my Load Limo packed with good food, a generous quantity of liquid fuel and a solo tent, so I was not travelling ultra light. This was its first realistic test. I'd spent some time familiarising myself with it and taking the trouble to adjust the shape of the metal stays and the hip belt angle, but I was still apprehensive that it wouldn't live up to the hype. Well, it came through with flying colours on days that were cloudless and hot. It did just what it was supposed to do. In my endless search for tramping gear Nirvana (with no expense spared), I've had top-of-the-range packs from several manufacturers, but they all ended up inflicting the same discomfort in the same areas. Sure, I had aching muscles from the exertion, but for the first time ever, gone were the sore hips and shoulders. So I never felt the need to resort to those tricks you see in tiring trampers - holding onto the front of the shoulder straps to take the pressure off the shoulders, reaching behind to lift the sack from below or fidgeting with the hip belt to stop the pinching or the slipping.
    What I really like about your hipbelt is that it can be made to fit the pelvis and wrap around and over it snugly for even weight distribution irrespective of the tilt of the pelvis, which can vary a lot between individuals. On most conventional belts, there's a trade off between having enough weight on the hips and needing to tighten the belt to a degree that sooner or later becomes uncomfortable.
    Walking upright was a welcome novelty. I loved being effortlessly able to look up and around (as we normally do) rather than feeling forced to look at the ground by constantly walking in a stooped position, especially as you're tiring towards the end of the day. Breathing and recovering from a steep climb was also easier because the diaphragm and lower front ribs are not compressed and restricted.
    With those front Balance Pockets putting on and taking off the sack takes a little getting used to, and the adjustment buckles aren't as readily accessible as on conventional packs, but the small effort to adapt really pays off. They never got me hot and they didn't swing round wildly or feel unstable. Having them meant no more reaching behind to fumble for a snack, stuffing things into trouser pockets or asking someone to fish something out of the lid pocket.
    In short, my long search for tramping packs stops here. Great product - thanks!’
    Chris Fetto, Osteopath, Torbay, Auckland, NZ

    I find the concept of having the center of gravity of the body and the load along the same line is brilliant. I have a back problem. It has been recurring for 3 years now. This year, just a month ago, I had a spinal spasm. Severe pain lasted only 3 days. Previously, it took over a month to loose the pain. My physiotherapist says, 'Your back was much stronger and posture much better, what have you been doing for it?" I tell her about my new Aarn pack and show her the brochures and literature. She’s very impressed. Her prescription for me: "You just keep walking and tramping and using your Aarn pack, that combination is the perfect balance for your back situation."
    Paul Kilgour, Takaka, South Island, New Zealand

    In my 48 years of life I have spent a significant amount of time with a pack on my back participating in the activities of tramping, climbing, travelling, working and family activities. I tested Load Limo on a 6-day trip with clients in the Southern Alps.

    The pack for the days 1-3 weighed 21 kilograms and from days 3-6 weighed 16 kilograms. From the first step taken this Bodypack was significantly different to any other pack that I have used, the comfort level was very high both in terms of the hipbelt and shoulder straps, so comfortable that I thought that this cannot last, but 2, 3, 4, 5 hours later the same degree of comfort was being experienced. Likewise, the Balance Pockets involved a cultural change in what I was used to, like me habitually leaning forward with my tramper’s stoop. But again, after a couple of hours of consciously walking more upright, the benefits of the Bodypack became apparent.

    The ease of availability for essential items (first aid, camera, scroggin, water bottle) stored in the Balance Pockets meant less frustration and less stops along with the obvious benefit of weight balance.
    The sewn in pack liner is a very useful and one less thing to consider The Velcro closing for closing the top was great and the simplicity of the feature made me wonder why it hasn’t been thought of earlier. The Bodypack stuck to my body like glue and the harness was particularly effective when I negotiated constant windfall.

    Overall this pack felt like something from another planet, something us pack-carrying people have not seen the likes of before and have only encountered in our dreams. The comfort, the lack of aches, strains and stresses make this Bodypack a must for serious consideration for anyone considering replacing or buying their first backpack.
    Paddy Pawson, Waipuna Community Trust, Christchurch

    I am a 60 year old bushwalker and I only took it up at age 58. My son has had one of your Load Limo packs and he’s always raved about it. So, I bought one for my trip on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. It was fantastic. For the first time I felt really balanced and I never once experienced sore shoulders. So thank you for designing such a wonderful pack and I wish you every continued success in your business.
    Bob Sharples, Victoria, Australia

    Got my Load Limo recently and headed for my favourite trail in the Kenai mountains. I have never before covered that mileage with so little pack pain/ awareness. Simply amazing! I noticed that at rest stops, after taking the pack off, that feeling of being ’pushed forward’ that you get from compensating from a pack that pulls backwards, was absent.
    Bill Siemens, Anchorage, Alaska

    My husband and I have fairly recently returned from a tramping tour in NZ. We invested in two of your backpacks, and I wanted to say how fantastic they were. We have used ’normal’ packs previously and found yours to be far superior for comfort and fit. Once the fitting was understood and worked out, we really enjoyed the freedom that the pack gave and the sense of balance when walking. We now look forward to many years using our packs!
    Margaret Jawerth, Australia3

    I would like to tell you about my "Bodypack" experience. I lay down last night in my tent, there was something wrong, there was NO PAIN!! Mate, I felt like I had been transported to another planet.
    Rick Wildman, Carterton, North Island, NZ

    I just got back from another day hike with a full load in my pack. I can't believe how comfortable it is. You're really onto something.
    Chris Heaps, Ontario, Canada

    I have had 25 years of outdoor experience and I was blown away by the comfort and load carrying ability - outstanding.
    Chris, outdoor instructor, Tauranga, NZ

    I've been the happy owner of one of your Load Limo packs for the past 3 years, and every summer have been using it on mountain expeditions while instructing with Outward Bound USA. I have to say that this pack has made a dramatic impact on how much I enjoy my job: at the end of the day my hips and back are not sore and aching like they were day after day wearing one of my old packs. I have given dozens of endorsement for your packs to students and fellow instructors over the years, because the natural balance system works so well. Thanks so much for the innovative work that you do!
    Daniel Chambo, Outward Bound instructor, Asheville, NC, USA

    The Aarn pack has revolutionised tramping for me. For the first time in over 20 years of tramping almost all of the pack weight now sits on my hips rather than my shoulders and I no longer have aching back and shoulders that I had come to accept as the norm when tramping. When I stop for a rest my friends usually take their packs off as I always did. Now I leave it on and even stay standing because I hardly notice it! The front Balance Pockets too are great because pretty much everything I need for the day can go in there meaning I don’t have to take my pack off to access stuff. I also load them with heavy stuff like food and water. This distributes the weight more evenly and also makes the load less noticeable. So well done and keep up the good work!
    Dave Mason, Head of Outdoor Education, Howick College, Auckland, NZ


    Troubleshooting

    PROBLEM

    CAUSES

    SOLUTIONS

    Sore Shoulders

    Pull back force on shoulders from weight behind

    Add Balance Pockets, or if using them, put more weight in them and loosen front shoulder strap webs


    Too much weight on shoulders

    Loosen front shoulder strap webs


    Hipbelt has slipped down

    Raise hipbelt & retighten &/or shorten


    Balance Pockets are pulling down on bottom of shoulder pads

    Increase back length: Pull up on navy top back panel web

    Bodypack is too hard to put on

    Incorrect technique used

    1. Loosen hipbelt webs before putting the bodypack on for the first time.



    2. Follow this sequence: Place hands underneath Balance Pockets; grab hold of hipbelt center buckles, lift both Pockets & hipbelt up to the right height; clip center buckle together & tighten the tension web loop at top and bottom to get an even pressure at the top and bottom of the hipbelt



    3. When taking the pack off, before releasing the hipbelt center buckle, loosen the side buckles. With familiarity, you can release the 2 tensionlock buckles on each side with each hand simultaneously, by pulling the buckle ends up. Now you have set the pack up to be easy and quick to put on next time


    I do not have the coordination anymore to master this simple sequence

    Substitute Universal Balance Bags for Balance Pockets. These quickly and easily attach after you have put the pack on

    My pack leans to one side

    Your pack will lean to one side, like any brand of pack, if you have the shoulder straps and/or hipbelt adjusted unequally on both sides, or you have loaded the pack unevenly.

    First check that the top stabilizer straps are equal length and the front shoulder strap webs are also equal length. Now check that the hipbelt parts are adjusted to equal length and angle on both sides of the center base plate and the side tension adjustors (cord or web) are of equal length both sides. Now with all these adjustments made, check that the hipbelt ends are sitting at a similar position on each side of your pelvis with the pack on. Finally, check that your U-Flow movement (the movement when you lift one shoulder), is equal on both sides. With everything centered, including the load, there should be no reason for your pack to lean to one side.


    70 or 80 Liter Aarn Load Limo Backpack - Light Hiking Gear

    $474.00 $592.00( / )

    $100 OFF CLOSEOUT SALE! Use "Save$100" discount code at checkout

    The Aarn Load Limo is a unique backpack designed to enhance load-carrying comfort, especially during hiking and backpacking. Here are some of the significant benefits and features associated with the Aarn Load Limo:

    1. Dual-Compartment Design: The Load Limo typically features a dual-compartment design, separating the main compartment from the front pocket. This design allows for efficient organization of gear and easy access to items without unpacking the entire bag.

    2. Load Transfer and Balance: One of the primary benefits of the Load Limo is its ability to transfer the weight of the load from your shoulders to your hips and maintain a balanced load. This design helps reduce strain on your back and shoulders, improving comfort during long hikes.

    3. Aarn Balance Pockets: Aarn backpacks, including the Load Limo, often come with detachable balance pockets that can be worn on the front of the backpack. This feature provides easy access to essentials, such as snacks, maps, or a camera, without removing the main pack. It also enhances balance and stability.

    4. Customizable Fit: The Load Limo offers adjustable harness systems to ensure a personalized and comfortable fit for various body sizes and shapes. This feature allows you to fine-tune the fit to your specific needs, reducing the risk of discomfort and pain.

    5. Durability: Aarn is known for producing durable backpacks designed for outdoor adventures. The Load Limo is typically made from high-quality materials and reinforced in high-stress areas to withstand the rigors of hiking and backpacking.

    6. Hydration Compatibility: Many Aarn backpacks, including the Load Limo, come with hydration reservoir sleeves and hose routing systems, allowing you to carry water and stay hydrated without removing your pack.

    7. Ventilation: The Load Limo often includes features like a ventilated back panel to minimize sweating and increase airflow between your back and the backpack, enhancing overall comfort.

    8. Versatility: While primarily designed for backpacking, the Load Limo can also be used for a range of outdoor activities, including trekking, hiking, and wilderness exploration.

    9. Stability: The Load Limo's design and balance features contribute to improved stability, making it well-suited for challenging terrains and uneven surfaces.

    10. Sustainability: Aarn is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes and materials, which can be an important consideration for environmentally conscious outdoor enthusiasts.

    Man hiking with Aarn Load Limo Backpack - Light Hiking Gear


    When hiking and backpacking, things tend to get pretty heavy. Luckily, Light Hiking Gear carries Aarn hiking "balance packs", perfectly designed for longer trips and expeditions. Not only is this comfortable backpack ideally constructed to prevent back pain, but it also allows for free hip movement.

    • Backpack comes with a single compartment and a waterproof Dri-liner, so you don’t need to worry about items getting wet
    • Features an extendable lid that can be removed along with the liners so as to reduce the overall weight and volume when necessary
    • Comes with a Pelvic-Form hipbelt, Flow-thru Stabilizers, and True-fit shoulder straps for maximum comfort
    • We recommend Expedition front Balance Pockets, which provide greater stability and balance, and a more upright posture. This translates to much less fatigue and strain.
    • Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and accessibility.
    • Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.

    This is the best hiking backpack for the most extreme explorers and backpackers. Keep your things dry and keep your back pain-free. Additionally, this comfortable backpack designed by Aarn comes with attachments for trekking poles, ice axes, snowboards, and helmets.

    Add Balance Gear Racks (see Options tab) to this comfortable backpack to take the weight of climbing hardware off your shoulders when climbing. The new generation 4 model has a revised frame which is lighter & stronger and an improved Multi-Flow pivot position for an easier-to-use hipbelt.

    Front Balance Pockets allow for high weights without feeling intrusive

    The Front Balance Pockets attach easily to Aarn comfortable backpacks and convert easily into a daypack after clipping on the shoulder and sternum straps. Hiking, backpacking, and exploring the outdoors has never been easier!

      • Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and easy gear access.
      • Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.
      • The design of the Front Balance Pockets, which includes four mesh exterior pockets with compression chords, is to provide maximum comfort, organization, and accessibility. Attach to the Aarn balance pack for an unmatched outdoors experience.
        • Material: 00D Kodura, 210D, 100D x 70D & 40D ripstop nylon
        • Color: Green/Grey
      Expedition Balance Pockets: Large volume handles heavy loads up frontFront Balance Pocket for attaching to an Aarn Load Limo hiking backpack
      Volume
      Gallons
      Liters
      Short Backlength18.5Pack: 70

      Front Balance Pockets:15 per pair + 2 in the mesh

      Long Backlength21.13Pack: 80 Front Balance Pockets: 18 per pair + 2 in the mesh

      Dimensions
      Inches
      Centimeters
      Short Backlength

      Height: 29.5 Width: 15.7

      Depth (front-back): 11

      Height: 75 Width: 40

      Depth (front-back): 28

      Long Backlength

      Height: 33.5 Width: 15.7

      Depth (front-back): 9.8

      Height: 85 Width: 40

      Depth (front-back): 25


      Weight
      Pounds (without/with dry liner)
      Kilograms (without/with dry liner)
      Short BacklengthPack: 3.97 / 4.14

      Balance Pockets: 1.11

      Pack: 1.8 / 1.88

      Balance Pockets: 504 grams

      Long BacklengthPack: 4.08 / 4.37

      Balance Pockets: 1.14

      Pack: 1.85 / 1.98

      Balance Pockets: 518 grams

      Construction:

      • The fabric used in this comfortable backpack are 500D Kodura nylon; 210D & 40D ripstop nylon
      • Color is a natural green and grey combination
      • Design features Web-loc compression, an Auto-mold frame with hollow 6001 T6 stars and 7075 alloy Load Transfer Tubes

      Recommended Maximum Load (Pack only): 55 pounds (25 kg)


      Flow-Thru Shoulder StrapsPelvic-Form Hipbelt design

      (Click on Buttons to Evaluate and Purchase)

      These allow you to clip climbing hardware on the larger models with Pelvic Form Hipbelts.

      Alternative to sternum straps when Balance Pockets are not used.

      Hold tent, poles, foam pad, etc. on pack sides.

      Just finished a 5 day solo loop round Mt Ruapehu with my Load Limo packed with good food, a generous quantity of liquid fuel and a solo tent, so I was not travelling ultra light. This was its first realistic test. I'd spent some time familiarising myself with it and taking the trouble to adjust the shape of the metal stays and the hip belt angle, but I was still apprehensive that it wouldn't live up to the hype. Well, it came through with flying colours on days that were cloudless and hot. It did just what it was supposed to do. In my endless search for tramping gear Nirvana (with no expense spared), I've had top-of-the-range packs from several manufacturers, but they all ended up inflicting the same discomfort in the same areas. Sure, I had aching muscles from the exertion, but for the first time ever, gone were the sore hips and shoulders. So I never felt the need to resort to those tricks you see in tiring trampers - holding onto the front of the shoulder straps to take the pressure off the shoulders, reaching behind to lift the sack from below or fidgeting with the hip belt to stop the pinching or the slipping.
      What I really like about your hipbelt is that it can be made to fit the pelvis and wrap around and over it snugly for even weight distribution irrespective of the tilt of the pelvis, which can vary a lot between individuals. On most conventional belts, there's a trade off between having enough weight on the hips and needing to tighten the belt to a degree that sooner or later becomes uncomfortable.
      Walking upright was a welcome novelty. I loved being effortlessly able to look up and around (as we normally do) rather than feeling forced to look at the ground by constantly walking in a stooped position, especially as you're tiring towards the end of the day. Breathing and recovering from a steep climb was also easier because the diaphragm and lower front ribs are not compressed and restricted.
      With those front Balance Pockets putting on and taking off the sack takes a little getting used to, and the adjustment buckles aren't as readily accessible as on conventional packs, but the small effort to adapt really pays off. They never got me hot and they didn't swing round wildly or feel unstable. Having them meant no more reaching behind to fumble for a snack, stuffing things into trouser pockets or asking someone to fish something out of the lid pocket.
      In short, my long search for tramping packs stops here. Great product - thanks!’
      Chris Fetto, Osteopath, Torbay, Auckland, NZ

      I find the concept of having the center of gravity of the body and the load along the same line is brilliant. I have a back problem. It has been recurring for 3 years now. This year, just a month ago, I had a spinal spasm. Severe pain lasted only 3 days. Previously, it took over a month to loose the pain. My physiotherapist says, 'Your back was much stronger and posture much better, what have you been doing for it?" I tell her about my new Aarn pack and show her the brochures and literature. She’s very impressed. Her prescription for me: "You just keep walking and tramping and using your Aarn pack, that combination is the perfect balance for your back situation."
      Paul Kilgour, Takaka, South Island, New Zealand

      In my 48 years of life I have spent a significant amount of time with a pack on my back participating in the activities of tramping, climbing, travelling, working and family activities. I tested Load Limo on a 6-day trip with clients in the Southern Alps.

      The pack for the days 1-3 weighed 21 kilograms and from days 3-6 weighed 16 kilograms. From the first step taken this Bodypack was significantly different to any other pack that I have used, the comfort level was very high both in terms of the hipbelt and shoulder straps, so comfortable that I thought that this cannot last, but 2, 3, 4, 5 hours later the same degree of comfort was being experienced. Likewise, the Balance Pockets involved a cultural change in what I was used to, like me habitually leaning forward with my tramper’s stoop. But again, after a couple of hours of consciously walking more upright, the benefits of the Bodypack became apparent.

      The ease of availability for essential items (first aid, camera, scroggin, water bottle) stored in the Balance Pockets meant less frustration and less stops along with the obvious benefit of weight balance.
      The sewn in pack liner is a very useful and one less thing to consider The Velcro closing for closing the top was great and the simplicity of the feature made me wonder why it hasn’t been thought of earlier. The Bodypack stuck to my body like glue and the harness was particularly effective when I negotiated constant windfall.

      Overall this pack felt like something from another planet, something us pack-carrying people have not seen the likes of before and have only encountered in our dreams. The comfort, the lack of aches, strains and stresses make this Bodypack a must for serious consideration for anyone considering replacing or buying their first backpack.
      Paddy Pawson, Waipuna Community Trust, Christchurch

      I am a 60 year old bushwalker and I only took it up at age 58. My son has had one of your Load Limo packs and he’s always raved about it. So, I bought one for my trip on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. It was fantastic. For the first time I felt really balanced and I never once experienced sore shoulders. So thank you for designing such a wonderful pack and I wish you every continued success in your business.
      Bob Sharples, Victoria, Australia

      Got my Load Limo recently and headed for my favourite trail in the Kenai mountains. I have never before covered that mileage with so little pack pain/ awareness. Simply amazing! I noticed that at rest stops, after taking the pack off, that feeling of being ’pushed forward’ that you get from compensating from a pack that pulls backwards, was absent.
      Bill Siemens, Anchorage, Alaska

      My husband and I have fairly recently returned from a tramping tour in NZ. We invested in two of your backpacks, and I wanted to say how fantastic they were. We have used ’normal’ packs previously and found yours to be far superior for comfort and fit. Once the fitting was understood and worked out, we really enjoyed the freedom that the pack gave and the sense of balance when walking. We now look forward to many years using our packs!
      Margaret Jawerth, Australia3

      I would like to tell you about my "Bodypack" experience. I lay down last night in my tent, there was something wrong, there was NO PAIN!! Mate, I felt like I had been transported to another planet.
      Rick Wildman, Carterton, North Island, NZ

      I just got back from another day hike with a full load in my pack. I can't believe how comfortable it is. You're really onto something.
      Chris Heaps, Ontario, Canada

      I have had 25 years of outdoor experience and I was blown away by the comfort and load carrying ability - outstanding.
      Chris, outdoor instructor, Tauranga, NZ

      I've been the happy owner of one of your Load Limo packs for the past 3 years, and every summer have been using it on mountain expeditions while instructing with Outward Bound USA. I have to say that this pack has made a dramatic impact on how much I enjoy my job: at the end of the day my hips and back are not sore and aching like they were day after day wearing one of my old packs. I have given dozens of endorsement for your packs to students and fellow instructors over the years, because the natural balance system works so well. Thanks so much for the innovative work that you do!
      Daniel Chambo, Outward Bound instructor, Asheville, NC, USA

      The Aarn pack has revolutionised tramping for me. For the first time in over 20 years of tramping almost all of the pack weight now sits on my hips rather than my shoulders and I no longer have aching back and shoulders that I had come to accept as the norm when tramping. When I stop for a rest my friends usually take their packs off as I always did. Now I leave it on and even stay standing because I hardly notice it! The front Balance Pockets too are great because pretty much everything I need for the day can go in there meaning I don’t have to take my pack off to access stuff. I also load them with heavy stuff like food and water. This distributes the weight more evenly and also makes the load less noticeable. So well done and keep up the good work!
      Dave Mason, Head of Outdoor Education, Howick College, Auckland, NZ


      Troubleshooting

      PROBLEM

      CAUSES

      SOLUTIONS

      Sore Shoulders

      Pull back force on shoulders from weight behind

      Add Balance Pockets, or if using them, put more weight in them and loosen front shoulder strap webs


      Too much weight on shoulders

      Loosen front shoulder strap webs


      Hipbelt has slipped down

      Raise hipbelt & retighten &/or shorten


      Balance Pockets are pulling down on bottom of shoulder pads

      Increase back length: Pull up on navy top back panel web

      Bodypack is too hard to put on

      Incorrect technique used

      1. Loosen hipbelt webs before putting the bodypack on for the first time.



      2. Follow this sequence: Place hands underneath Balance Pockets; grab hold of hipbelt center buckles, lift both Pockets & hipbelt up to the right height; clip center buckle together & tighten the tension web loop at top and bottom to get an even pressure at the top and bottom of the hipbelt



      3. When taking the pack off, before releasing the hipbelt center buckle, loosen the side buckles. With familiarity, you can release the 2 tensionlock buckles on each side with each hand simultaneously, by pulling the buckle ends up. Now you have set the pack up to be easy and quick to put on next time


      I do not have the coordination anymore to master this simple sequence

      Substitute Universal Balance Bags for Balance Pockets. These quickly and easily attach after you have put the pack on

      My pack leans to one side

      Your pack will lean to one side, like any brand of pack, if you have the shoulder straps and/or hipbelt adjusted unequally on both sides, or you have loaded the pack unevenly.

      First check that the top stabilizer straps are equal length and the front shoulder strap webs are also equal length. Now check that the hipbelt parts are adjusted to equal length and angle on both sides of the center base plate and the side tension adjustors (cord or web) are of equal length both sides. Now with all these adjustments made, check that the hipbelt ends are sitting at a similar position on each side of your pelvis with the pack on. Finally, check that your U-Flow movement (the movement when you lift one shoulder), is equal on both sides. With everything centered, including the load, there should be no reason for your pack to lean to one side.


      • 70 Liters - Short
      • 80 Liters - Long
      • Small
      • Medium
      • Large
      • Short/Small (10 Liters)
      • Sport/Regular (12 Liters)
      • Expedition/Regular (15 Liters)
      • Expedition/Large (18 Liters)
      • None

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      Type: 

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      Pack Capacity - Backlength: 

      70 Liters - Short, 80 Liters - Long

      Hipbelt Size: 

      Small, Medium, Large

      Front Balance Pockets (Capacity): 

      Short/Small (10 Liters), Sport/Regular (12 Liters), Expedition/Regular (15 Liters), Expedition/Large (18 Liters), None

      SKU: 

      LL-S/S-S/S

      Weight: 

      5.21 lb

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      The Aarn Load Limo is a unique backpack designed to enhance load-carrying comfort, especially during hiking and backpacking. Here are some of the significant benefits and features associated with the Aarn Load Limo:

      1. Dual-Compartment Design: The Load Limo typically features a dual-compartment design, separating the main compartment from the front pocket. This design allows for efficient organization of gear and easy access to items without unpacking the entire bag.

      2. Load Transfer and Balance: One of the primary benefits of the Load Limo is its ability to transfer the weight of the load from your shoulders to your hips and maintain a balanced load. This design helps reduce strain on your back and shoulders, improving comfort during long hikes.

      3. Aarn Balance Pockets: Aarn backpacks, including the Load Limo, often come with detachable balance pockets that can be worn on the front of the backpack. This feature provides easy access to essentials, such as snacks, maps, or a camera, without removing the main pack. It also enhances balance and stability.

      4. Customizable Fit: The Load Limo offers adjustable harness systems to ensure a personalized and comfortable fit for various body sizes and shapes. This feature allows you to fine-tune the fit to your specific needs, reducing the risk of discomfort and pain.

      5. Durability: Aarn is known for producing durable backpacks designed for outdoor adventures. The Load Limo is typically made from high-quality materials and reinforced in high-stress areas to withstand the rigors of hiking and backpacking.

      6. Hydration Compatibility: Many Aarn backpacks, including the Load Limo, come with hydration reservoir sleeves and hose routing systems, allowing you to carry water and stay hydrated without removing your pack.

      7. Ventilation: The Load Limo often includes features like a ventilated back panel to minimize sweating and increase airflow between your back and the backpack, enhancing overall comfort.

      8. Versatility: While primarily designed for backpacking, the Load Limo can also be used for a range of outdoor activities, including trekking, hiking, and wilderness exploration.

      9. Stability: The Load Limo's design and balance features contribute to improved stability, making it well-suited for challenging terrains and uneven surfaces.

      10. Sustainability: Aarn is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes and materials, which can be an important consideration for environmentally conscious outdoor enthusiasts.

      Man hiking with Aarn Load Limo Backpack - Light Hiking Gear


      When hiking and backpacking, things tend to get pretty heavy. Luckily, Light Hiking Gear carries Aarn hiking "balance packs", perfectly designed for longer trips and expeditions. Not only is this comfortable backpack ideally constructed to prevent back pain, but it also allows for free hip movement.

      • Backpack comes with a single compartment and a waterproof Dri-liner, so you don’t need to worry about items getting wet
      • Features an extendable lid that can be removed along with the liners so as to reduce the overall weight and volume when necessary
      • Comes with a Pelvic-Form hipbelt, Flow-thru Stabilizers, and True-fit shoulder straps for maximum comfort
      • We recommend Expedition front Balance Pockets, which provide greater stability and balance, and a more upright posture. This translates to much less fatigue and strain.
      • Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and accessibility.
      • Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.

      This is the best hiking backpack for the most extreme explorers and backpackers. Keep your things dry and keep your back pain-free. Additionally, this comfortable backpack designed by Aarn comes with attachments for trekking poles, ice axes, snowboards, and helmets.

      Add Balance Gear Racks (see Options tab) to this comfortable backpack to take the weight of climbing hardware off your shoulders when climbing. The new generation 4 model has a revised frame which is lighter & stronger and an improved Multi-Flow pivot position for an easier-to-use hipbelt.

      BALANCE POCKETS

      Front Balance Pockets allow for high weights without feeling intrusive

      The Front Balance Pockets attach easily to Aarn comfortable backpacks and convert easily into a daypack after clipping on the shoulder and sternum straps. Hiking, backpacking, and exploring the outdoors has never been easier!

        • Shoulder and sternum straps are included for converting the pockets into a daypack, which is carried on the front of the body for maximum security and easy gear access.
        • Front pockets have waterproof Dri-liners, accessible zip flaps to protect items from the rain, and four mesh exterior pockets with compression cords.
        • The design of the Front Balance Pockets, which includes four mesh exterior pockets with compression chords, is to provide maximum comfort, organization, and accessibility. Attach to the Aarn balance pack for an unmatched outdoors experience.
          • Material: 00D Kodura, 210D, 100D x 70D & 40D ripstop nylon
          • Color: Green/Grey
        Expedition Balance Pockets: Large volume handles heavy loads up front
        Front Balance Pocket for attaching to an Aarn Load Limo hiking backpack

        SPECIFICATIONS

        Volume
        Gallons
        Liters
        Short Backlength 18.5 Pack: 70

        Front Balance Pockets:15 per pair + 2 in the mesh

        Long Backlength 21.13 Pack: 80 Front Balance Pockets: 18 per pair + 2 in the mesh

        Dimensions
        Inches
        Centimeters
        Short Backlength

        Height: 29.5 Width: 15.7

        Depth (front-back): 11

        Height: 75 Width: 40

        Depth (front-back): 28

        Long Backlength

        Height: 33.5 Width: 15.7

        Depth (front-back): 9.8

        Height: 85 Width: 40

        Depth (front-back): 25


        Weight
        Pounds (without/with dry liner)
        Kilograms (without/with dry liner)
        Short Backlength Pack: 3.97 / 4.14

        Balance Pockets: 1.11

        Pack: 1.8 / 1.88

        Balance Pockets: 504 grams

        Long Backlength Pack: 4.08 / 4.37

        Balance Pockets: 1.14

        Pack: 1.85 / 1.98

        Balance Pockets: 518 grams

        Construction:

        • The fabric used in this comfortable backpack are 500D Kodura nylon; 210D & 40D ripstop nylon
        • Color is a natural green and grey combination
        • Design features Web-loc compression, an Auto-mold frame with hollow 6001 T6 stars and 7075 alloy Load Transfer Tubes

        Recommended Maximum Load (Pack only): 55 pounds (25 kg)

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        DESIGN

        Flow-Thru Shoulder Straps
        Pelvic-Form Hipbelt design

        OPTIONS

        (Click on Buttons to Evaluate and Purchase)

        These allow you to clip climbing hardware on the larger models with Pelvic Form Hipbelts.

        Alternative to sternum straps when Balance Pockets are not used.

        Hold tent, poles, foam pad, etc. on pack sides.

        TESTIMONIALS

        Just finished a 5 day solo loop round Mt Ruapehu with my Load Limo packed with good food, a generous quantity of liquid fuel and a solo tent, so I was not travelling ultra light. This was its first realistic test. I'd spent some time familiarising myself with it and taking the trouble to adjust the shape of the metal stays and the hip belt angle, but I was still apprehensive that it wouldn't live up to the hype. Well, it came through with flying colours on days that were cloudless and hot. It did just what it was supposed to do. In my endless search for tramping gear Nirvana (with no expense spared), I've had top-of-the-range packs from several manufacturers, but they all ended up inflicting the same discomfort in the same areas. Sure, I had aching muscles from the exertion, but for the first time ever, gone were the sore hips and shoulders. So I never felt the need to resort to those tricks you see in tiring trampers - holding onto the front of the shoulder straps to take the pressure off the shoulders, reaching behind to lift the sack from below or fidgeting with the hip belt to stop the pinching or the slipping.
        What I really like about your hipbelt is that it can be made to fit the pelvis and wrap around and over it snugly for even weight distribution irrespective of the tilt of the pelvis, which can vary a lot between individuals. On most conventional belts, there's a trade off between having enough weight on the hips and needing to tighten the belt to a degree that sooner or later becomes uncomfortable.
        Walking upright was a welcome novelty. I loved being effortlessly able to look up and around (as we normally do) rather than feeling forced to look at the ground by constantly walking in a stooped position, especially as you're tiring towards the end of the day. Breathing and recovering from a steep climb was also easier because the diaphragm and lower front ribs are not compressed and restricted.
        With those front Balance Pockets putting on and taking off the sack takes a little getting used to, and the adjustment buckles aren't as readily accessible as on conventional packs, but the small effort to adapt really pays off. They never got me hot and they didn't swing round wildly or feel unstable. Having them meant no more reaching behind to fumble for a snack, stuffing things into trouser pockets or asking someone to fish something out of the lid pocket.
        In short, my long search for tramping packs stops here. Great product - thanks!’
        Chris Fetto, Osteopath, Torbay, Auckland, NZ

        I find the concept of having the center of gravity of the body and the load along the same line is brilliant. I have a back problem. It has been recurring for 3 years now. This year, just a month ago, I had a spinal spasm. Severe pain lasted only 3 days. Previously, it took over a month to loose the pain. My physiotherapist says, 'Your back was much stronger and posture much better, what have you been doing for it?" I tell her about my new Aarn pack and show her the brochures and literature. She’s very impressed. Her prescription for me: "You just keep walking and tramping and using your Aarn pack, that combination is the perfect balance for your back situation."
        Paul Kilgour, Takaka, South Island, New Zealand

        In my 48 years of life I have spent a significant amount of time with a pack on my back participating in the activities of tramping, climbing, travelling, working and family activities. I tested Load Limo on a 6-day trip with clients in the Southern Alps.

        The pack for the days 1-3 weighed 21 kilograms and from days 3-6 weighed 16 kilograms. From the first step taken this Bodypack was significantly different to any other pack that I have used, the comfort level was very high both in terms of the hipbelt and shoulder straps, so comfortable that I thought that this cannot last, but 2, 3, 4, 5 hours later the same degree of comfort was being experienced. Likewise, the Balance Pockets involved a cultural change in what I was used to, like me habitually leaning forward with my tramper’s stoop. But again, after a couple of hours of consciously walking more upright, the benefits of the Bodypack became apparent.

        The ease of availability for essential items (first aid, camera, scroggin, water bottle) stored in the Balance Pockets meant less frustration and less stops along with the obvious benefit of weight balance.
        The sewn in pack liner is a very useful and one less thing to consider The Velcro closing for closing the top was great and the simplicity of the feature made me wonder why it hasn’t been thought of earlier. The Bodypack stuck to my body like glue and the harness was particularly effective when I negotiated constant windfall.

        Overall this pack felt like something from another planet, something us pack-carrying people have not seen the likes of before and have only encountered in our dreams. The comfort, the lack of aches, strains and stresses make this Bodypack a must for serious consideration for anyone considering replacing or buying their first backpack.
        Paddy Pawson, Waipuna Community Trust, Christchurch

        I am a 60 year old bushwalker and I only took it up at age 58. My son has had one of your Load Limo packs and he’s always raved about it. So, I bought one for my trip on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. It was fantastic. For the first time I felt really balanced and I never once experienced sore shoulders. So thank you for designing such a wonderful pack and I wish you every continued success in your business.
        Bob Sharples, Victoria, Australia

        Got my Load Limo recently and headed for my favourite trail in the Kenai mountains. I have never before covered that mileage with so little pack pain/ awareness. Simply amazing! I noticed that at rest stops, after taking the pack off, that feeling of being ’pushed forward’ that you get from compensating from a pack that pulls backwards, was absent.
        Bill Siemens, Anchorage, Alaska

        My husband and I have fairly recently returned from a tramping tour in NZ. We invested in two of your backpacks, and I wanted to say how fantastic they were. We have used ’normal’ packs previously and found yours to be far superior for comfort and fit. Once the fitting was understood and worked out, we really enjoyed the freedom that the pack gave and the sense of balance when walking. We now look forward to many years using our packs!
        Margaret Jawerth, Australia3

        I would like to tell you about my "Bodypack" experience. I lay down last night in my tent, there was something wrong, there was NO PAIN!! Mate, I felt like I had been transported to another planet.
        Rick Wildman, Carterton, North Island, NZ

        I just got back from another day hike with a full load in my pack. I can't believe how comfortable it is. You're really onto something.
        Chris Heaps, Ontario, Canada

        I have had 25 years of outdoor experience and I was blown away by the comfort and load carrying ability - outstanding.
        Chris, outdoor instructor, Tauranga, NZ

        I've been the happy owner of one of your Load Limo packs for the past 3 years, and every summer have been using it on mountain expeditions while instructing with Outward Bound USA. I have to say that this pack has made a dramatic impact on how much I enjoy my job: at the end of the day my hips and back are not sore and aching like they were day after day wearing one of my old packs. I have given dozens of endorsement for your packs to students and fellow instructors over the years, because the natural balance system works so well. Thanks so much for the innovative work that you do!
        Daniel Chambo, Outward Bound instructor, Asheville, NC, USA

        The Aarn pack has revolutionised tramping for me. For the first time in over 20 years of tramping almost all of the pack weight now sits on my hips rather than my shoulders and I no longer have aching back and shoulders that I had come to accept as the norm when tramping. When I stop for a rest my friends usually take their packs off as I always did. Now I leave it on and even stay standing because I hardly notice it! The front Balance Pockets too are great because pretty much everything I need for the day can go in there meaning I don’t have to take my pack off to access stuff. I also load them with heavy stuff like food and water. This distributes the weight more evenly and also makes the load less noticeable. So well done and keep up the good work!
        Dave Mason, Head of Outdoor Education, Howick College, Auckland, NZ


        FITTING

        Troubleshooting

        PROBLEM

        CAUSES

        SOLUTIONS

        Sore Shoulders

        Pull back force on shoulders from weight behind

        Add Balance Pockets, or if using them, put more weight in them and loosen front shoulder strap webs


        Too much weight on shoulders

        Loosen front shoulder strap webs


        Hipbelt has slipped down

        Raise hipbelt & retighten &/or shorten


        Balance Pockets are pulling down on bottom of shoulder pads

        Increase back length: Pull up on navy top back panel web

        Bodypack is too hard to put on

        Incorrect technique used

        1. Loosen hipbelt webs before putting the bodypack on for the first time.



        2. Follow this sequence: Place hands underneath Balance Pockets; grab hold of hipbelt center buckles, lift both Pockets & hipbelt up to the right height; clip center buckle together & tighten the tension web loop at top and bottom to get an even pressure at the top and bottom of the hipbelt



        3. When taking the pack off, before releasing the hipbelt center buckle, loosen the side buckles. With familiarity, you can release the 2 tensionlock buckles on each side with each hand simultaneously, by pulling the buckle ends up. Now you have set the pack up to be easy and quick to put on next time


        I do not have the coordination anymore to master this simple sequence

        Substitute Universal Balance Bags for Balance Pockets. These quickly and easily attach after you have put the pack on

        My pack leans to one side

        Your pack will lean to one side, like any brand of pack, if you have the shoulder straps and/or hipbelt adjusted unequally on both sides, or you have loaded the pack unevenly.

        First check that the top stabilizer straps are equal length and the front shoulder strap webs are also equal length. Now check that the hipbelt parts are adjusted to equal length and angle on both sides of the center base plate and the side tension adjustors (cord or web) are of equal length both sides. Now with all these adjustments made, check that the hipbelt ends are sitting at a similar position on each side of your pelvis with the pack on. Finally, check that your U-Flow movement (the movement when you lift one shoulder), is equal on both sides. With everything centered, including the load, there should be no reason for your pack to lean to one side.