THE MOST INFLUENTIAL GEAR OF ALL TIME: 1968 LOWE ALPINE SYSTEMS EXPEDITION INTERNAL FRAME PACK - Greg Lowe built a frame stiff enough to transfer the load from shoulder straps to a hip belt like an external frame pack, but flexible enough to contour to the body while climbing. He put the frame inside the pack, adding hip and shoulder stabilizers, a sternum strap, and side compression straps—now all standard backpack features.
Titanium Escape Ring The Titanium Escape Ring adds another tool to the operator's E options for escaping captivity. It's a simple but elegant-looking ring made of titanium, cut from solid barstock and polished to a mirror finish. But unlike all other rings, this one contains a saw and handcuff shim pick combination tool which is completely hidden from view when worn.