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The Transformer complements our F1 Mainframe pack. Its a lightweight, versatile pack that can stand alone or can be piggy-backed on the Mainframe. With a full-featured layout that includes both top and front access, and two full-depth side pockets, the Transformer is made to appeal to those who are looking for Eberlestock quality combined with stripped-down, minimalist weight savings -- while maintaining just enough functionality to stand as a great all-around pack.
When using the Transformer as a stand-alone pack, we recommend adding our AGIF "Endo" frame, which attaches to the interior back wall of the pack via small Velcro keeper-straps. You can also add one of our hip-belts, or use the one off of the Mainframe if you're using the packs as a set. This is a straightforward and versatile system with a unique and practical kind of modularity. You can build the pack that best suits your needs, or a system that allows you to pick-and-choose based on the demands of the moment, with each option providing a seamless functionality.
- (6) Side compression straps. When combined with the Mainframe pack these straps will compress and hold quarters, duffels, and any other gear you need to carry.
- Long side pockets. Big enough to hold 3L hydration systems and spotting scopes.
- Front compression straps.Weight: 4 lbs, 4 oz
- Total Volume: 2,300 c.i.
- Weight: 4 lbs
- Dimensions: 22"h x 11"w x 7"d
F2 Transformer Pack Product Overview
How To Properly Fit And Adjust Your Pack
First, the quality is outstanding. I am highly impressed by every Eberlestock item I have purchased so far. I initially purchased this (in Dry Earth) as the M1 Mainframe pack is on backorder, and I needed a new, larger pack for an upcoming hike & camp. I didn't want to spend a ton. I wanted was a quality, no frills, comfortable pack with good space. The Transformer did not disappoint.
I am surprised at just how much I can fit inside this beauty. The simplicity of the design make it spacious. My tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, food and assorted gear all fit inside. The front access makes it easy to get to items without unpacking the bag. My smaller stuff fits in the top pouch. A 2 liter hydration bag fits in one side pocket, and I still have room in the other (you could carry 2 if needed). It has side pouches for water bottles. My hatchet and shovel secure nicely on the outside. If needed, I could strap Batwings, or a Saddle bag, or duffle, or dry bag (I got them for the Mainframe) or a combination of them to the outside. But I don't need to because everything I use fits inside.
It also can zip onto the Mainframe if I wanted to carry it that way.
The pack is very comfortable. It distributes the weight extremely well and I never felt like I had to get it off. I do recommend adding the G-type Endo Internal Frame, but I hiked without it for 3 weeks and it was just fine without it.
Another recommendation: If you want to keep it dry in heavy rain, get the G2RC Small Reversible Rain Cover. It fits perfectly, and there definitely would be room if you strapped on some smaller accessory pouches (Batwings, Saddle Bag, etc.).
Again, I initially got this to fill a void until the Mainframe arrives (I love the idea of the modularity of the Mainframe system; I backpack camp, hike, kayak camp, and hunt, so I want to be able to build my pack for my activity). But now I am convinced the Transformer will remain a go to pack even after the Mainframe arrives.