Millet introduces new load distribution technologies, with Axpel pack

New for SS13, Millet proudly introduces the Axpel backpack, featuring new design technologies that greatly improve load distribution, the Mobility Back System and Load Directed Construction.
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Lafayette, CO (June 26, 2012)- Millet’s first product developed was a rucksack, in 1934, and the French based brand has been designing high-quality, thoughtful, and technically advanced outdoor equipment ever since.New for SS13, Millet proudly introduces the Axpel backpack, featuring new design technologies that greatly improve load distribution, the Mobility Back System (MBS) and Load Directed Construction.

Millet has put a strong R&D focus on this season’s collection of packs, with the new Axpel as an innovative highlight. Before adding a pivot back option into the collection, Millet’s product development team spent two years researching its construction.Partnering with Chamonix doctor and mountain guide, Emmanuel Cauchy, multiple tests were performed on several variations of their own designs along with competitors’, before determining the design that resulted in the most comfortable fit. Test results clearly showed that placing the pivot point higher on the back (rather than on the waist belt) provided greater pack stability and less strain on the back. Additionally, it was very important that when adding a pack like this to the collection, Millet remained true to their DNA – lightweight, efficient, and mobile – so the Axpel offers superior weight distribution, air ventilation, and freedom of movement, at the relatively low weight of 3 lbs 7 oz.Please click here to see more on MBS development and test results. 

Another innovation in the Axpel, is the Load Directed Construction, a new technology that is also featured in other packs in Millet’s SS13 collection.

“We know that the backs most efficient places to hold weight are at the hips and on the shoulders, depending on what type of mountain activity you’re engaged in,” said Product Manager, Antoine Lafoux.

The “X” structure that is visible on the outside of the pack is constructed of a strong, dense fabric, attached to the side compression straps, and is designed to compress the weight down or up, where it’s carried best. Along the same lines, the bottom of the pack isn’t flat – it angles up – again, to distribute the weight at the hips rather than pulling down. 

Additional features include bottom zipped compartment, one-buckle lid with zipped pockets, side stretch pockets, ski holder compressions straps, FPP ice-axe holders, rope holder, removable rain cover, zipped pocket on hip belt.Available in 42L, 48L and women’s specific 38L. MSRP $189.95 - $219.95

The Axpel will debut at Summer OR.For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Maro LaBlance, at maro@lafumausa.com.

About MILLET

Based in the heart of the French Alps, MILLET has been developing technical outdoor gear and apparel since 1934. MILLET designs, tests and approves each development in its natural lab, the Mont Blanc Massif, with pure practitioners: its technical advisers and members of the Chamonix Mountain Guides.Backpacks, footwear, ropes, sleeping bags, and apparel – MILLET's mission is to equip those who thrive on outdoor adventure with best in class gear to help us all reach the top.

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