Internal Frame vs. External Frame Packs

Discover the pros and cons of these two common pack designs. Over the past two decades, backpack design has increasingly shifted away from external frames to internal frames. Indeed, it can be difficult these days to even find an external frame design hanging on the wall at your local gear shop. But that doesn't mean they don't have their advantages. Here's a quick look at the pluses and minuses of each style. 

Internal Frame Backpacks
External Frame Backpacks
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Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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