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Backpacking Backpackers travel for distance rather than for the purpose of summiting mountains, though both backpacking and peak-bagging might be done on the same trip. This type of travel allows you to access remote areas on your own power. Trips may range from a couple of days to months depending on your objective. Seasoned backpackers recommend carrying no more than 1/3 of your body weight. Duration & Elevation: 2 days- multi-week trips over varying terrain. Technical: No technical climbing involved Pack: Carrying complete shelter, kitchen, layers, water and fuel. Pack weight ranges 16-25 kg Fitness Attributes: Strong legs/”mountain chasis”, Endurance Example Trip:...

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There are several factors that affect a person's comfort level when humping a pack into the great outdoors. The pack weight itself, the physical and mental condition of the packer, as well as the terrain and conditions within which one is traveling. When considering the topic of optimum pack weight, it is important to consider all of the above factors, holistically. Each person is unique and should spend time discovering for themselves their optimum pack weight(s). For instance, my  9.5kg 7-day pack (and 6.16kg , 3-day pack) are optimum for me. I invested the time to discover what felt best....

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  Feb 5, 2010 Kathy Espinoza | US Government Product News Duty belt discomfort is a common complaint and a significant health and safety issue for uniformed police personnel. Pain in the low back, hip and pelvis can be caused by pressure exerted by the edges of the duty belt, holster shank and other equipment attached to the belt. Further compounding the problem is the length of time officers are required to perform their job behind the wheel of the patrol car. Duty belts are designed to carry equipment in a readily accessible manner while leaving the officer's hands free....

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The following synopsis is from an ongoing research being conducted and kindly shared with Crossfire Australia. The author has asked not to be identified at this stage as yet as the research remains ongoing. I have done work regarding injuries and pack load and also the impact of footwear on lower limb injuries. As far as shoulder injuries are concerned we assessed male and female service personnel to identify risk of shoulder injury as the pack they were carrying at the time was believed to be the cause of shoulder injuries. We found 43% of males and 38% of females...

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Here is a letter recently sent to an OS military who requested a Combat Boot Briefing. I think it gives you an insight into the depth of experience behind our boot designs.     Crossfire ( Aus ) P/L PeaceKeeper Combat Boots. The PK +(PeaceKeeper +)  is a bit unique in that it was designed from the very beginning to be worn by the only occupational group we know of which actually runs, on any terrain, carrying half again their body weight.The biomechanics of that task go far beyond the shock and stress ablation abilities of most footwear construction methods and materials.Which is why we went back to first...

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