Heavy Sacks

Flicking through the Cape Times yesterday, I noticed a half-page ad for Cape Union Mart, the local camping, hiking and general outdoor sports suppliers. The ad in question (pictured here) detailed the wide variety of rucksacks which they sell, complete with stats on each and a brief blurb listing the features of the pack in question. All very handy, especially if you’re thinking about buying a new rucksack.

However, if you do find yourself in that situation, then might I advise you to read carefully and perhaps even try before you buy?
Because if you are planning trail running, mountain biking or a spot of climbing, then you might think that the Hydro Velocity 6 would be your pack of choice. Sure, it’s only got a capacity of 6 litres, but it is relatively cheap at R250 and it does have contoured shoulder straps for comfort. And they’re going to come in very handy, since it weighs 415kg.

Yes, it’s approaching half a metric ton, but it has got that mesh back for ventilation. And that’ll keep you nicely cool as you wait for the fire crew to try and get you out from under it.

But wait, in true Verimark style – there’s more.

What if you were planning a “short hiking trip” or some “general use”? You’re going to need something bigger than the pitiful Hydro Velocity 6 for that, right? Right.
Well, may I then suggest that you head for the R299 Ignite? At 28 litres, it’s got the capacity you need and features a detachable waist belt and a large main compartment. But don’t go putting anything too heavy in that large main compartment, because the backpack itself weighs an incredible 612kg before you’ve even started.

And that’s about the weight of a fairly large horse, which is probably why the ad doesn’t suggest that you try horse-riding while wearing it, because that would cripple your steed. And you.

Obviously, there’s nothing in the picture to scale the Ignite against, but based on the fact that at 28 litres, it’s just a small rucksack, I’m guessing that it must be made of something hugely heavy, like plutonium or something similar. Not brilliant healthwise perhaps, but the pale glow of the decaying atoms therein would certainly be handy to guide the fire crew in to rescue you from underneath it, should night have fallen while you were craning it from the back of your truck.

They can then take you to the nearest hospital to die from crush injuries and radiation poisoning.

  • Almost as heavy as my hold-everything handbag! Could the kilogram weight be that which it can carry and not what it weighs? Nah who the heck could carry 415kg not to mention 612kg. However, there are two good things about the Ignite – it’s designed for short hiking trips – a long one carrying 612kg would be very tiring. Also it has reflective piping for safety – so that the Mountain Club of SA could find your squished body in the dark when they came out to find you when you didn’t return from your short hike.

  • Charmskool > If you look at the ad (here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6000/4931785944/sizes/l/in/photostream/) then you can see that some of the weights of the packs are in grammes and some in kilogrammes.
    I’m assuming that a couple of k’s crept in where they shouldn’t have.

  • I reckon – but for the sake of humour it’s easier not to ascribe the sensible explanation to the stated weights and ham it up totally for laughs.

  • Charmskool > OK, I’ll do that then.