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Summit Gear Canyon EX Pro 60
The Canyon EX Pro is the outcome of years of experience in manufacturing specialty outdoor packs for hiking, climbing and canyoning. We tasked ourselves with the goal of taking our legendary Canyon pack that has stood the test of time and is loved by professional guides, emergency services and recreational canyoners alike and make it lighter, stronger and better! With the Canyon EX Pro we have achieved this goal!
The Canyon EX Pro weighs in at just 1.3kgs including a full frame sheet and is 625 grams lighter than Summit Gear’s previous Canyon pack! But it gets even better than that – the body of the Canyon EX Pro is made from EPLX400 – a waterproof laminated fabric that is made from 100% recycled polyester and is 97% UV resistant. EPLX400 has similar abrasion resistance as 1000D Cordura (what we use on our original Canyon Pack) yet is 33% lighter. Due to the nature of the material, EPLX400 absorbs far less water than 1000D Cordura so when the pack is completely wet, it is 900grams lighter than a Cordura pack.
The base of the pack is made from Ultra 800 a UHMWPE fabric which is the most abrasion resistant material we can source (abrasion: ATSM 3884 16,000+ Cycles) and at just 288gsm, is lighter than the material we previously used on the base of our Canyon packs.
The Canyon EX Pro 60 comes with a full lid that provides great usability and easy access to a gusseted pocket that will maintain its space even when the pack is full. A major improvement in this pack is the lid pocket incorporates drainage mesh in the sides so it will drain instantly.
We have cored out the frame sheet and the closed cell foam strategically to reduce weight whilst still providing an extremely comfortable, load carrying pack.
Durability and Strength:
We have spent many months testing the new Canyon EX Pro 60. In fact, we lent some to of our Blue Mountains Canyon Guides doing a 3 week advanced canyoning course and got them to put it through the paces. We used our testing to identify all the high wear areas and then reinforced them with Ultra 800 to ensure get the dual benefit of a lighter pack without sacrificing durability.
EPLX400 fabric is based on 35 years of weaving, coating and laminating experience. It lasts longer, absorbs 80% less moisture, and has better UV resistance and color retention than traditional laminated nylon. It has been tested around the world and performs in the harshest conditions.
The pack has front and back reinforced haul loops that leverages the same construction we use in our Emergency services winch bags. The dual haul loops ensure that the bag hangs vertically to make hauling the bag easier.
We have strategically placed highly durable drainage mesh on the pack to maximise drainage performance whilst minimizing weight. The storm throat of the pack is made from a recycled nylon that contains UHMWPE (non branded Dyneema) ripstop threads that have 15x the tensile strength of steel to ensure that it will last for the lifetime of the pack.
To round out our mantra of “Lighter, Stronger, Better” we tasked ourselves with ensuring the pack has superior performance in all areas. With the Canyon EX Pro we have delivered. The pack is 32% lighter than our previous Canyon Pack and most importantly drains twice as fast! It has a stylish chevron drainage mesh pattern that allows it to reach lower on the pack and also has 6 x SP4 eyelets on the base that dump water out as fast as you can stand up.
The Canyon Ex Pro 60 has 3 internal gear loops for easy access to equipment as well as accessory loops on the front that enable you to easily clip on the Summit Gear Ultralight Helmet net to create more room for other gear if required.
The Canyon EX Pro 60 is made locally in Australia and built for our testing canyoning conditions. The Summit Gear factory is powered by 54 Solar panels that provide the clean energy used in manufacturing of the pack. Additionally the EPLX material is made from 100% recycled polyester fibre and film. Each Summit Gear Canyon EX pack upcycles approximately 25 plastic water bottles and there are no fluorocarbons used in the material. All used fabric and offcuts are recycled locally to form part of the circular economy.