The Cascade is a popular internal choice in the ALPS Mountaineering line. Differing from the other internals offered, the Cascade has a large zippered pocket on each side of the pack, making it convenient to get to certain items quickly, while you re out on the trail. In addition to the large outside pockets, the Cascade has lower side bottle pockets, a large front pocket, and number 10 zippers on the lower door offering easy access to your sleeping bag or other gear below the internal horizontal divider. Our Cascade has our Comfort Glide Suspension System. This adjustment system will allow you to adjust to that perfect point. The SoftEdge shoulder straps have 2 layers of foam to give you maximum comfort and adjust. The modular waist belts have 3 layers of foam (a stiff outer layer, a firm middle layer, and a soft inner layer) for maximum load carrying capabilities combined with the ultimate in comfort. The Air Mesh on the inside of the belt stretches with the foam so there are no wrinkles to rub against your body. With ALPS Mountaineering internals, you re not going to have to purchase the pack and all kinds of accessories. The rain cover is INCLUDED and is now part of your pack conveniently stored in a pocket at the bottom of your pack. Don t worry about buying a fanny pack for those quick hikes away from camp either because the top pocket converts to a fanny pack. When you re ready for your trip and your pack is full, but you still have a few things to take, don t worry! The top of the Cascade extends with a spindrift collar, so you can over pack. Inch The top pocket adjusts up and down to keep it in the correct position and we ve included an Over the Top inch compression strap to stabilize your extra gear. Once you try the Cascade, you won t settle for anything less.
Nylon 210D Double Ripstop-Strong and lightweight, this is a great fabric. With weight always a concern, we have improved our fabric to be even more lightweight with the same durability.
1000D TexNylon-When the nylon fibers are texturized, they become more abrasion resistant, making this fabric an excellent choice for the bottoms of packs and other high wear areas.
Tough Grip-A rubberized fabric that provides a "non slip" surface, good for lumbar pads.
DuraForm-Used on our ComfortFit shoulder straps, this "fabric" feels great and is "tough as nails". Because it stretches, it perfectly contours to your shoulders and eliminates wrinkles and puckers that can rub and cause sore spots. The knit covering feels very soft to the touch but is extremely durable for a lifetime of use. It also incorporates a small
center section of foam to contour to all areas of your shoulders.
Spantex-Combines a texturized nylon for strength, a "soft" nylon for comfort, and a "stretchable" nylon for a
AV Mesh-AV stands for "Air Ventilation", and as the name implies, adds additional comfort because it really vents. The construction of the mesh has some "depth" built into it, which means all of the "holes" in the mesh don't
immediately get mashed closed (like other traditional meshes) and remain open to breathe more.
HDPE-High Density Polyethylene. Not really a "foam" but an important part of waist belts and pack backs because it helps to stabilize and distribute weight when carrying heavy loads.
Atilon-The firmest foam we use. It's base material is PE (polyethylene), but unlike normal grades of PE, Atilon has a much better "memory", which allows it to recover to it's original shape after being "squashed" by a piece of webbing, a buckle, or one of your bones! This firm foam is sometimes called "closed cell" foam.
EVA-A firm ("closed cell") foam, but having more memory and recovery than Atilon.
C2000-A blend of EVA and PE, which makes it "solid" in terms of weight distribution but the EVA gives it great
memory and recovery.
PU-Polyurethane, the softest foam we use. Typically referred to as "open cell" foam. It is used on the inside of waist belts for cushioning.
BUCKLES - THREAD - CONSTRUCTION
Buckles-We only use the best, and with buckles it's National Molding.
Thread-3 ply Nylon, averaging 8-10 SPI (stitches per inch).
Internal Frame Stays-6061 aluminum
Construction Details-All inside seams are double sewn and covered with "seam corner binding". All stress points are bartacked (not just backtacked ) at least once. When possible, gussets are used to further distribute the stress over a larger area. All nylon webbing is hot cut to deter raveling. Larger than normal zippers are used (#10 on larger
openings - #8 on pockets) to lessen the chance for failure. Nickel plated zipper sliders are used for the longest
INTERNAL FRAME PACK FITTING
|Step 1 - Tighten Waist Belt by positioning the waist belt over your hip bones and fastening the waist belt buckle in the
center (right above your belly button) by pulling on the waist belt webbing, making sure it is snug, and then locking it
||Step 2 - Tighten Shoulder Straps by pulling down on the lower shoulder strap webbing. They should be tightened so that you feel some (not all) of the pack weight being shifted to your shoulders from your waist belt.
||Step 3 - Check the Torso Adjustment Length - The Shoulder straps should wrap over your shoulders and there should not be any gaps between the top of your shoulders and the shoulder strap. In general, the top of the shoulder strap harness should be about at the base of your neck … near the largest backbone at the top of your spine/base of your neck.
Torso Adjustment is Too Long - You canYou can tell the adjustment is too long because the harness will be above the base of your neck and there will be gaps under your shoulder straps. The top of the pack will also be more “unstable” when you walk because you do not have the proper contact with your shoulders and your shoulder straps.
Torso Adjustment is Too Short – You can tell the adjustment is too short because the harness will be well below the base of your neck and the ends of the padded shoulder straps will be closer to your arm pits than being closer to your waist belt. While this “Too Short” adjustment is better than being adjusted “Too Long”, you’ll quickly become tired when hiking because you’ll be carrying almost all of the load on your shoulders and not enough on your hips.
|Step 4 - Torso Adjustment Length - The Shoulder Harness is held in place with a piece of webbing and buckle that is located under the Lumber Pad. Unfasten the Velcro at the top of the Lumbar Pad and fold the Lumbar Pad down and out of your way. Loosen the shoulder harness webbing & buckle and then slide the harness either up (to lengthen) or down (to shorten) to the torso length. Retighten the webbing and buckle and re-position the Lumbar Pad. Repeat Step 3 to check your new torso length adjustment. If your torso length now seems OK, proceed to Step 5.
|Step 5 - Minor Adjustments - Now that the Torso Adjustment is correct and you have the waist belt and shoulder straps properly tightened you’re ready for your final minor adjustments.