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I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants their small gear and snacks and similar items to be easy to carry and easy to access while on the water.
For proof of concept, I asked myself to consider the following questions while wearing it throughout the trip:
1. How comfortable is the Ribz?
2. Will the Ribz mate with a PFD?
3. Will the Ribz enable easy access to its pockets while in the cockpit?
4. Will the Ribz enable easy ingress & egress from the cockpit?
5. Will the Ribz carry the survival kit comfortably over extended periods?
6. Will the Ribz pose any hazard to me while kayaking?
7. Will the Ribz pass my criteria for survival kit of: lightweight, versatile, durable & affordable?
I wore the Ribz both in and out of the kayak, walking and while stumbling around the various bivouacs we established.
Here are my results:
I do not work for or represent Ribz. I get no money or other compensation from Ribz. What I do get is the satisfaction of using Ray's quality gear and working with him in any way I can to make sure he makes the best quality gear for outdoorsmen and women.
As the name implies, RIBZ is a pack that comfortably wraps around your midsection and ribs, giving you quick access to your most critical gear. For my upcoming trip, the RIBZ will allow me to keep my maps, phone, sunscreen, camera, and any other items in the many pockets the unit provides. Rather than have to dig around the canoe or worry about getting things wet, the RIBZ keeps everything comfortably organized and ready to go. In my training runs, I've used the RIBZ pack, and its been very useful and comfortable during long periods of paddling. By adjusting the shoulder and back straps, I was able to fit the RIBZ PERFECTLY over my Stohlquist Wedge PDF. It fits like it was made to sit above the Wedge, with the edges of both units lining up exactly.
As for hiking and backpacking, I can really see where the RIBZ would come in hand. By putting the gear you want quick access to on your front, the RIBZ acts as a counterweight. Beyond the obvious convenience, this improves posture and walking comfort.
Overall, the RIBZ is a great piece of equipment. I recommend it to both paddlers looking for a way to keep things close and accessible, and to backpackers tired of having to take off their big packs to dig for gear. The people at RIBZ are great and willing to help.
Check out their website: http://www.ribzwear.com/
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