this pack was built for my 2021 thru-hike of the pacific crest trail. you can watch me make these packs in the video: ‘why i make outdoor gear’.

this pack features a bottom entry, bottom pocket, shoulder strap pockets, zippered front pocket, and a quick-cinch upper closure. you should note that there is no frame, no hipbelt, and no sternum strap.

  • shoulder straps measure 8.5″ from the pack body to the top of the shoulder strap pocket and 15.5″ from the pack body to the lower end of the strap, spaced 3″ apart at pack body.


  • width: 10.5″ (27cm)
  • depth: 6″ (15cm)
  • height: 29″ (74cm)
  • torso: 18″ (46cm)
  • ~ 1500cu·in (25L) main body capacity
  • ~13oz (370g)


  • robic nylon ripstop
  • dyneema
  • hdpe gridstop

some additional notes:

  • the bottom entry makes it easier to locate items and reduce time spent digging through the pack. when i’m hiking by myself i typically want to sleep immediately upon reaching my campsite, so it is nice to not have to dump everything out of my pack. i usually keep my quilt, groundsheet, and pad at the bottom of my pack. in the morning i just pack my sleeping gear back up in the bottom. makes for a nice start and end of the day with a minimal amount of time futzing around with stuff.
  • a zipper is used for the front pocket so that everything does not fall out when the pack is upside-down (such as when accessing the bottom entry).
  • a waterproof fabric is used for the front pocket because i often dry my socks out with the elastic cord and i tend to keep some items that i do not want getting wet in my front pocket. i chose dyneema composite so that i can see where items are located in the pocket through the translucent fabric.
  • the shoulder strap pockets are rather slender and unobtrusive. they will not be able to fit a water bottle. i tend to put my phone (not large) in one and a few small items such as tooth cleaning supplies, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent in the other.
  • renĂ© is a name meaning reborn. this was my first finished ultralight backpack design after leaving my former gear company.
  • made by john zahorian in cincinnati.


Weight 12.4 oz
Dimensions 18 × 12 × 5 in
strap length

regular, short