When I was looking at backpacks at the last Outdoor Retailer, I was immediately drawn to the Granite Gear Nimbus Core. How couldn’t I be? It’s a hollow-centered, open-top bag with a keg strapped to it; it’s pretty hard to ignore.
This weird looking backpack is designed for backpacking in bear country. In the center of the pack is a bear-proof canister where you can put your food.
If you’re backpacking outside of the danger zone, you can use the middle compartment for stuff that needs to be dry like your down sleeping bag and clothes together with the food.
The Nimbus Core weighs 3 lbs. 12 oz. and is recommended for loads up to 40 lbs. It will hit the market next spring at a retail point of $260.