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Nero Backpack - $199


Pack Weight: 10.9 ounces (309 grams) | Foam sit pad adds 1.0 oz (28 grams)

Belt: 1" (2.5 cm) wide x 50" (127 cm) circumference. 1.2 oz (34 grams) included.

Body dimensions: 5.5" x 12" x 23"  (14 cm x 30 cm x 59 cm)

Volume: 25L main body, 2.5L each side pocket, 8L center pocket, 38 Liters Total

Load Capacity: Recommended up to 20 lbs (9 kg)

Zpacks™ Nero Backpack


If you can't take a Zero take a Nero! The Nero is an ultralight frameless backpack stripped down to only the most popular features. This compact backpack has no frame aside from a closed cell foam sit-pad for cushioning. It is best suited for hardcore long distance hikers with base weights around 5-6 lbs (2.5 kg) and maximum loads up to 20 lbs (9 kg). It is also a good choice for short hikes when less weight and volume is required.

The pack is constructed from tough 2.92 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF). This material is made with ultra high strength Dyneema fiber on the inside, with a protective layer of 50 denier Polyester on the outside.



This backpack has three belt attachment positions allowing you to move the belt up or down to fit a range of torso heights. The actual distance on the pack from the bottom of the belt to the top of the shoulder straps can be adjusted from about 18" to 22" (46 to 56 cm) which will fit the majority of adults. On a frameless backpack it is nice to have the shoulder straps roughly level with the tops of your shoulders (rather than wrapping up around them) so that more weight is forced on to the webbing belt. The pack body does not extend much above your shoulders and no load lifter straps are needed.

The webbing belt will fit up to around 50" circumference and can be trimmed down for smaller waists or swapped out for larger waists. To move the belt to a different position, slide off the belt buckle and back the webbing out of the backpack attachment points.

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John Abela does an Initial Walkthrough Video of the Nero Backpack.
Spencer L. talks about his Nero in this Nero backpack test hike video on the San Jacinto section of the PCT.