Helikon-Tex Summit – Photoshoot

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Recently, Helikon-Tex has been developing its product line with a more outdoor-touristic profile – Helikon Outback. After introducing new and quite successful clothes into the offer – including the OTP pants, Wolfhound jacket or Windrunner windshirt – it’s time for backpacks. The first approach to the topic of packs which aren’t covered with MOLLE from top to bottom is the 44-liter Helikon-Tex Summit backpack. Available both in classic colors – black, olive, shadow grey and coyote – as well as in a completely new for Helikon-Tex (and ‘non-tactical’) blue, it stands out from the previous designs of the manufacturer with a build inspired more by the lightweight outdoor backpacks than the military-tactical packs (thanks to which, among other things, the weight of the Summit backpack is only 1250g).

It’ll take us a few months to properly test and review the Helikon-Tex Summit backpack, however, as it was just released and there are hardly any images showing it’s design available on the web, we have prepared for you an extensive set of more detailed photos!

The Helikon-Tex Summit backpack was made from the Cordura 240D Nylon, all the zippers were made by YKK and the buckles were made by WooJin

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The Helikon-Tex Summit backpack features rather usual shoulder straps with a sternum strap, what’s worth mentioning, however, is a lack of D-rings or quick release system

On top of the shoulder straps the manufacturer has placed a set of tensioners

The waistbelt of the Helikon-Tex Summit backpack features additional padding, as expected from a backpack of this size

Both parts of the waistbelt feature stretch pockets suitable for carrying eg. a compact camera

On the sides of the Summit backpack the manufacturer has placed compression straps and stretch pockets, which will easily store a 1l Nalgene or a larger bottle

Above there are two sets of MOLLE Lite webbing which should allow attaching additional pouches, while maintaining lower weight of the backpack

On top of the Helikon-Tex Summit backpack there is a characteristic Roll-Top closure

Near to its opening Helikon-Tex Summit has a small pocket closed with a zipper.

Near the pocket there is a handle and exit for hydration tubes

Helikon-Tex Summit also features a zipper located on its front, which makes it possible to reach the items carried inside

The front of the backpack was equipped with a beaver tail made of the Cordura and stretch fabric, which allows carrying a helmet or a few additional things

The load bearing system of the Helikon-Tex Summit backpack is based upon a stiff internal foam panel (which can be removed) and ventilation system (similar to the one seen in the Dragon Egg backpack) relying on chanels in foam panels covered by mesh

This seems to be everything about the design of the Helikon-Tex Summit backpack, not it’s time for a few months of testing in the outdoors, which will allow us to review the backpack #goprepared

Many thanks to e-militaria.pl for giving us a chance to test the backpack!

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Jawor

Hikes since he learnt to walk. Happy to spend hours discussing jackets, backpacks and other gear. Caver, diver and a leader of the Gear Insider project.

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