Frequently Asked Questions

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Pack dimensions

Every pack builder has slightly different ways of determining pack volume and size, we determine pack volume by using the Effective Usable Volume method. The Main body is determined with the roll top rolled tightly 3 times and buckled shut (3" off total height of pack), since it would be impractical to load the pack to the top with the top open. We also offer a few variations in external pockets, for instance on the front pocket we offer Heavy Duty mesh OR Lycra. The Heavy Duty mesh style will hold slightly more than the Lycra. For our THRU packs, the side pockets are low profile and slightly shorter, so this slightly changes the volume compared to the LITE 50 L side pockets which currently feature a boxed bottom pocket.

  • LITE 50 L Main body and Exterior pocket dimensions:

    • S/M and M/L torso: 34" tall x 11" wide x 7" deep

      • Main body (minus 3" off pack height for roll top) 2387 cu/in = 39.1 Liters

      • Exterior pockets: 709 cu/in = 11.6 Liters

      • Total Volume: 50.7 Liters

    • L/XL torso: 36" tall x 11" wide x 7" deep

      • body (minus 3" off pack height for roll top) 2541 cu/in = 41.6 Liters

      • Exterior pockets: 709 cu/in = 11.6 Liters

      • Total Volume: 53.2 Liters

  • THRU Series Main body and Exterior pocket dimensions:

    • 38 Liter (S/M torso) 30" tall x 11" wide x 6" deep

      • Main body (minus 3" off pack height for roll top) cu/in 1782 = 29.2 Liters

      • Exterior pockets: cu/in 577 = 9.45 Liters

      • Total Volume: 38.65 Liters

    • 40 Liter (M/L torso) 32" tall x 11" wide x 6" deep

      • Main body (minus 3" off pack height for roll top) cu/in 1914 = 31.3 Liters

      • Exterior pockets: cu/in 577 = 9.45 Liters

      • Total Volume: 40.75 Liters

    • 42 Liter (L/XL torso) 34" tall x 11" wide x 6" deep

      • Main body (minus 3" off pack height for roll top) cu/in 2046 = 33.5Liters

      • Exterior pockets: cu/in 577 = 9.45 Liters

      • Total Volume: 42.95 Liters

What is the max weight I can carry comfortably in a Waymark backpack and how can i extend the max carry weight?

  • THRU Hip-less 38L, 40L, 42L max extended comfortable carry weight: 20 lbs

  • THRU 38L, 40L, 42L with Hip belt, max extended comfortable carry weight: 25 lbs

    • 27-30 lbs with a sleeping/sit pad insert against your back on the inside of the pack for resupply or large water carry sessions through dry, waterless areas

  • WAYMARK LITE 50L with Hip-belt removed (2017 to early 2018 models), max extended comfortable carry weight: 20-23 lbs

  • WAYMARK LITE 50L with Hip-belt on, max extended comfortable carry weight: 30 lbs

    • 33-35 lbs with a sleeping/sit pad insert or makeshift frame against your back on the inside of the pack for resupply or large water carry sessions through dry, waterless areas

How do I measure my torso and waist for a Waymark pack?

FOR TORSO LENGTH: Using a flexible tape measure, measure from your pants waistline (which is typically right in line with the top of your hip bones) all the way up to your C7 vertebrae. When you bend your head forward while your back is straight, run your finger down your neck until you feel a bump a few inches above your shoulders. Measure to that spot then straighten your neck up in line with your back. That is your Torso length.

THRU AND LITE 50 LITER TORSO SIZING

  • 38 Liter (15-17” Torso)

  • 40 Liter (18-20” Torso)

  • 42 Liter (21-23” Torso)

FOR WAIST MEASUREMENT: Simply use your pant waist size as your size, we've already done the math on our end to make sure your hip belt will have the proper amount of space between hip pads with the given waist size range. (For instance, a M/L hip belt will have anywhere from 8"-4" of space between hip pads with a 32"-36" waist size).

Hip-belts are available in 3 size choices. You will have the opportunity to choose your Hip-belt size during Final Checkout.

  • S/M 28"-32" waist

  • M/L 30"-36" waist

  • L/XL 32"-38" waist

I've never worn a frameless pack, what are some tips for the best results?

The first thing to consider before anything else is, are you a good candidate for a frameless backpack. Here are a few key things to consider:

  • Is your base weight generally 15 lbs or less?

    • Consider how much more you will be adding with food/water and other consumables. In general you may be adding an additional 8 lbs, so use this to determine which Waymark pack works best for you.

  • Do you plan on reducing your base weight?

    • If you plan on reducing your base weight further, you may be a good candidate. Remember, that simply by switching to a frameless pack you may reduce base weight by an additional 1-4 lbs!

  • Do you have any serious back issues?

    • If so, you may not be the best candidate for a frameless pack.

I'm curious about xpac material, what is it and how do i understand the different grades?

Xpac is a 4 layer laminate construction fabric with reinforced polyester thread (which creates the “X” pattern), a polyester taffeta fabric or laminate backing (depending on the grade), a layer of PET film, and then the woven nylon face fabric which is DWR treated. This gives you a minimum of 2 layers of waterproofing as well as a low stretch fabric with high abrasion resistance.

Xpac has a stiffer structure which adds to its overall ability to carry weight better. Stand up and empty Xpac backpack and it stands on its own, the same pack made of most other pack materials such as Ripstop nylon, Dyneema X Gridstop, or similar materials will slump into a pile. These materials are also not as water resistant as Xpac. 

GRADES OF XPAC: Here is a simple way to decipher which grade is which, and what will be the best choice for your pack. The number associated with each grade is the beginning numbers of the Denier of the face material.

  • VX21 is a 210 denier nylon face with DWR treatment, Black X-ply polyester threads at 22º angle, .25 mil PET film, and a 50 denier polyester taffeta backing. This is a great overall fabric for use on any panel of a backpack, and most of our colors are available in this grade.

  • VX07 is a 70 denier ripstop nylon face with DWR treatment, Black X-ply polyester threads at 22º angle, .25 mil PET film, and a 50 denier polyester taffeta backing. This is a great overall material for the main body of a backpack when looking to shed pack weight, however not the best choice for high wear areas like the pack bottom.

How do i create a "frame" for a frameless pack?

There are a few items that you probably already carry that can be used to create a semi-rigid frame inside of the pack. Different types of sleeping pads can be used to do this:

  • Inflatable sleeping pads, folded to the back panel width inside the pack with a small amount of air blown into the pad

  • Thermarest Z-lite Accordion style foam sleeping pads

    • Example: Using a full size version you can cut a section of 4 from the pad to use as a frame inside the pack against the back panel and the rest of the pad on the outside of the pack.

  • Gossamer Gear Sit light Camp Seats

What is the turnaround time for a custom pack?

Depending on the extent of the add ons and custom options, standard turnaround time is *4-5 weeks. If you have a specific deadline or an upcoming trip, email us at info@waymarkgearco.com with more information and we will do our best to meet your deadline. As always, we have "Ready Made" in stock packs that are available to ship in 7 days + USPS 2-3 day priority shipping (total of 10 days to your door or location). *Subject to change depending on volume.

Are Waymark backpacks waterproof?

While all Waymark Packs are built with waterproof Xpac, seams are not sealed due to the sewing construction of the packs. As with any outdoor backpack, even DCF (Cuben Fiber) seam taped packs, it is still recommended to use dry sacks and an interior pack liner like a trash compactor bag, just to be safe.

I'm on the trail and I'm sick of lugging around this heavy "big Store Brand" pack,  how do i get one of your packs out here man?!

Take a deep breathe my friend, we can coordinate with you on the trail to get your pack sent to you at one of your future package stops so you don't skip a beat. Your new pack will arrive and you can send your old one home at the same time.