When I was a kid, I loved playing with Legos.  I guess that’s why I dig this Hill People Gear kit.  It’s like Legos for pack nerds.  The Connor has been my day hiking pack for 18 months now.  I recommended it to a couple of my close friends and they carry one now too.

Earlier this year, I was dorking around on the HPG Forum and I saw a post where someone used the new M2016 Buttpack as a top lid on a Umlindi and mounted a Connor without the harness as a compression pocket.  I’ve wanted to try the Umlindi but I was concerned that it would be too short. Using the M2016 as a top lid would solve that issue as the resulting combo would be 23 inches long. Perfect.  Also, I generally prefer panel loaders; top loaders can be a pain if you don’t organize your kit well.  The M2016 would solve that issue too; providing a quick access storage area for grab and go items. Adding the Connor for when I need more capacity was a no-brainer because I already had one.  Orders were placed and the FrankenPack was born.


All kidding aside, the resulting system is extremely versatile.  Total combined volume ranges from 500 to 4000 cubic inches (65L) depending on what components are used.

Hill People Gear FrankenPack Review: Umlindi, Connor, and M2016

The Umlindi is a mid-sized pack that measures 19″H x 11’W x 6.5″D with a capacity of 2,000 cubic inches (30L).  It features a removable framesheet with a single 7075 aluminum alloy stay.  There are tabs at the top of the main compartment that can be used to hang accessories…

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