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Since the dawn of the traditional backpack, people all over the world have experienced the same uncomfortable sensation. Like there is a wild monkey pogo dancing inside the backpack. A monkey that makes the pack bounce up and down and swing from side to side. For decades, the industry has tried to stop the monkeys but with very limited success. Of course, we are not talking about real life monkeys. But we think it’s the perfect way to explain the difference between a USWE pack and the traditional backpacks. That ́s why we have named our patented harness technology to No Dancing Monkey™.
(Hey, by the way! We really like monkeys, but we try to keep them away from your back.)
That is our promise to you.
Our NDM technology is developed for action and performance sports. The technology works for both men and women in different sizes, but you need to add the action to feel the difference. The 4-point adjustment straps are there for you. It makes you adjust the perfect fit for your body. Its easy to do and it works 100%.
A backpack, like a glove, is worn and not carried. It is not a one size fits all kind of thing. It must be fitted to your body to give the ultimate performance. We set our own standards, based on our own real life – mud crawling testing and the input that we get from our awesome athletes. All this together, makes it possible for us to push our product development harder and more dedicated than any other brand
With the NDM 2.0 harness we measure the size by using the "Torso Size" Measurement. It's actually it’s super easy to make your own size measurement and check if a pack works for you. All you have to do is measure your body height from your hip bone to your shoulders/collarbone (See picture below). You'll find the "Torso Fit Range" in the specifications tab.
Step 1: The harness is attached to the backplate using velcro, detach the harness to reveal multiple harness size markings stemming from 1-10. Use these markings as a guide and test your way to the correct setting. Taller or bigger people usually find the best setting around 5-10 and shorter people usually find a good fit at 1-5. For women the harness settings could be slightly different. Always try aligning the buckle under the chest for optimal support and if you have a larger chest try using a larger harness setting.
Step 2: Once you've found the perfect harness setting you're almost done. Now you need to use the Snug-Me System to embraces the whole torso for a secure and bounce free fit. While wearing the bag simply grab both parts of the belt, one in each hand and hold them in the height of your hip belt by your hips. Now pull the straps forward and away from your hips. This will allow the entire strap to simultaneously tighten from your hips to the chest. Once you've found the perfect amount close the bukle and tighten the straps until they are comfortably tight.
It is the unique shape and suspension of our No Dancing Monkey™ (NDM) harness systems that make our packs 100% bounce free. It's construction allows you to snug the packs really tight to the body, without affecting your breathing capacity or body movement. It is almost like wearing no pack at all.
The shoulder and waist traps are an all - in - one system, embracing your torso and waist when pulling the waist straps. The stretch in the chest straps expands along with the chest during physical exertion, allowing a constant tight and compliant fit. The shoulder straps are ergonomically designed for a comfortable and smooth distribution of the backpack over the shoulders and the back panel that can easily be adjusted up and down for individual fit and size makes the pack feel tailored for your body. The NDM + Snug-Me harness system makes you feel buckled - up without cramping your style
Secure. One hand operation.
reduced pressure on the shoulders and to allow full body movement and better breathing capacity.
Easily adjustable bto your size to find you the perfect fit.
Easily adjustable to your size to find you the perfect fit.
Its the unique shape and suspension of our No Dancing Monkey™ (NDM) harness systems that make our packs 100% bounce free. The construction allows you to snug the packs really tight to the body, without affecting your breathing capacity or body movement. Its almost like wearing no pack at all!
With the No Dancing Monkey™ 2.1 harness system you get extra stability with the added belt around the waist when you need to carry heavier equipment in your pack. The stretch in the chest straps expands during physical exertion, allowing a constant tight and compliant fit. The shoulder straps are ergonomically designed for a comfortable and smooth distribution over the shoulders and the pack feel tailored to your body thanks to the back panel that is easily adjustable for individual fit and size.
Secure. One hand operation.
for reduced pressure on the shoulders
Ventilated multi-size back panel, easily adjustable to your size to find you the perfect fit. Multisize: M-XXL
Fit it snuggly to your chest
Can be taken off for an even lighter pack or worn seperately.
Thermo Cell is equipped with a multilayer insulation cover that reflects the heat on the inside and shields from the cold and wind from the outside. By its design, the Thermo Cell closes tightly to the body and a thin mesh membrane permits maximum body heat to pass through. Used in this way the body heat feeds the Thermo Cell with thermal energy. Smart!
Thermo Cell encapsulates heat from physical activity in an insulating air pocket that protects the tube and bite valve from freezing even in the most extreme winter conditions. Therefore, we have chosen to provide both shoulder straps on the NORDIC, HAJKER and POW backpacks with Thermo Cell so that you get the option of choosing which side you want to have the tube in tube, or having tubes on both sides (double hydration bladders). Or optional, why not store gels and bars that you easily reach on-the-go in the pocket you don't use.