Gila Packs Upgrade
Gila Packs Upgrade
$100.00

Gila Packs Upgrade

Discontinued

Users of a Kelty Gila series backpack will notice the pack does not fit correctly: The hipbelt pushes up into the ribcage and doesn't wrap correctly around the hips. OV Innovations can modify packs that utilize the Kelty-licensed Mystery Ranch Wrapframe suspension system to dramatically improve comfort, performance and durability.

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This upgrade can be performed on the following packs:

  • Gila 6500, Gila 6503
  • Klamath 7200, Klamath 7203
  • Arctic Fox 7250
  • Kodiak 7200, Kodiak 7203

Our upgrade will ensure the packbag does not sag on the frame, which will prevent the hipbelt from angling upward aggressively as well as allow the frame to wrap around the hips. Because we reinforce the frame and correct how a load is distributed, reliability and stability are increased as well.

We perform the following modifications to improve fit:

  • The frame's lower attachment flap is removed and a new one constructed. This stronger attachment flap is attached directly to the frame's support structure, several inches above the location of the previous flap. This improvement allows the weight of the packbag to properly transfer to the frame while preventing the packbag from sagging and eliminating the hipbelt's upward cant.
  • The horizontal aluminum stay found on the frame's lumbar region is removed, allowing the frame to wrap around the hips as designed.
  • The aluminum frame stays are molded to match the contours of the spine, further improving comfort.

Please note that this is a labor-intensive modification that will involve disassembling the lower section of the Wrapframe. Additionally, this upgrade lengthens the hipbelt several inches, which will be especially perceptible for thinner users. The hipbelt will best fit waists 32" and up.

Gila Packs Upgrade is not affiliated with or endorsed by Mystery Ranch, Ltd.
Mystery Ranch® is a registered trademark of Mystery Ranch, Ltd.

More Details

This upgrade can be performed on the following packs:

  • Gila 6500, Gila 6503
  • Klamath 7200, Klamath 7203
  • Arctic Fox 7250
  • Kodiak 7200, Kodiak 7203

Our upgrade will ensure the packbag does not sag on the frame, which will prevent the hipbelt from angling upward aggressively as well as allow the frame to wrap around the hips. Because we reinforce the frame and correct how a load is distributed, reliability and stability are increased as well.

We perform the following modifications to improve fit:

  • The frame's lower attachment flap is removed and a new one constructed. This stronger attachment flap is attached directly to the frame's support structure, several inches above the location of the previous flap. This improvement allows the weight of the packbag to properly transfer to the frame while preventing the packbag from sagging and eliminating the hipbelt's upward cant.
  • The horizontal aluminum stay found on the frame's lumbar region is removed, allowing the frame to wrap around the hips as designed.
  • The aluminum frame stays are molded to match the contours of the spine, further improving comfort.

Please note that this is a labor-intensive modification that will involve disassembling the lower section of the Wrapframe. Additionally, this upgrade lengthens the hipbelt several inches, which will be especially perceptible for thinner users. The hipbelt will best fit waists 32" and up.

Gila Packs Upgrade is not affiliated with or endorsed by Mystery Ranch, Ltd.
Mystery Ranch® is a registered trademark of Mystery Ranch, Ltd.