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The NRS Paragon Pack is the epitome of versatility. Rather than being forced into buying an entirely new dry bag, the Paragon™ Pack allows you to retrofit your existing bags into the ideal portage pack. View larger images and more views to see the Paragon Pack with a Pelican Case and 2.2 Dry Bag. (Bag/Box sold separately)
  • Advantages are abundant with the Paragon™, including padded back and shoulder straps, and a lumbar support-suspension system.
  • Everything is adjustable for a custom fit to your body and your dry bag.
  • Accepts items up to 60" in circumference, and fits bags from 9"-18" diameter. An object at that maximum diameter can be up to 34" in height.
  • The Paragon works equally well with Pelican cases and IK's.
  • Two adjustable buckle straps on the outer panel let you strap on a paddle for the portage.

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Dimensions: Back panel is 23"L x 8.75"W at base
Weight: 2.6 lbs
Features:
  • Waist belt expands to 60"
  • Chest harness fits well up to 49"
  • Fits cargo up to 60" in circumference
  • Bottom support - webbing/mesh
  • 2 adjustable buckle straps to hold paddles
  • 3 stays

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good capacity (14)
  • Strong material (13)
  • Easy to carry (12)
  • Tight closure (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nothing is unpackable!

I am a sailor, kayaker, climber, biker, windersurfer, and adventurer. I also do a lot of filming and photography while out there. I have been hauling gear and supplies up and...Read complete review

I am a sailor, kayaker, climber, biker, windersurfer, and adventurer. I also do a lot of filming and photography while out there. I have been hauling gear and supplies up and down and down and out for as long as I can remember :) kayak drop-ins/pull-outs, canoe trip portages, sailboat/conoe/kayak trips, climbing adventures... I have endless memories of wondering how I was possibly going to move a certain item a matter of miles! This pack is the answer to ALL of those situations. I'm pretty sure that I can figure out a way to pack almost anything with this system... from hard boxes to ropes, tents, almost any shape of gear, even that injured mtn goat that needs a lift down to saftey! Basically if you have something heavy and ackward that needs to make more than a few feet, you will not regret this purchase. I bought it in combination with the med Expedition Driduffel and it's an amazing combo! I'm pretty sure that I replaced my camping pack for almost all trips! Other than desert trips, there is almost never a trip where you're not fighting to keep stuff dry (and light, hate that heavy wet pack!), and this combo is the answer, about the same volume, but no bagging EVERYTHING inside a wet pack, just one big dry pack :) and one happy camper. I find myself less hesitant to bring vulnerable items out when my whole pack is a dry bag.

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Shoddy Strap

I love this NRS system and recommend it highly to friends all the time.

I have used this product for years and am dismayed by the quality of my current pack....Read complete review

I love this NRS system and recommend it highly to friends all the time.

I have used this product for years and am dismayed by the quality of my current pack.

I bought a new NRS pack system and took it with me to Mongolia for a hardcore two month journey. The second day of my expedition I was pulling on the top horizontal compression strap with my usual amount of lashing strength and the strap tore off of the attachment. I punched myself in the face and chipped my front teeth.

I plan to find a shoemaker of some other such trades person with a strong enough needle and thread to reattach this thing and reenforce the other attachment points for all of the straps as I do not trust the pack. I am currently using rope to compress my drybag.

I am frustrated by the pack and hope that a dentist can make my teeth look as nice as they once did.

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5.0

Versatile load carrier

By Chris S

from Scotland

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Good Capacity
  • Versatile
  • Well designed

Cons

  • Hip belt pockets too small
  • Not as comfortable as a proper, top-end backpack
  • Thicker padding would be nice

Best Uses

  • Load carrying

Comments about NRS Paragon Pack:

NRS

It took me years to track this down but now I've used my Paragon pack harness on a couple of multi-day trips - one with packraft, one just regular hiking (12-18kg). I find it a great alternative to a rucksack which I no longer need to own. At a slight cost to load-carrying comfort I can just use whatever bag/s I need - a submersible 90L Watershed UDB for boating or just a regular holdall as the trip requires (Watershed pack harnesses are very basic, fyi). On a plane you stash the harness in the bag with no flapping straps, and at the other end mount the bag and get walking.
By modern standards the paddling on the back harness is lean and the waist belt pockets are way too small to be useful (a common complaint on many packs, I find). The stiff backboard just about does it's job in transferring the load off the shoulders and onto the hips, helped by the all-important chest strap, and the back padding rests snugly against your back.
There's nothing I'd change about the bag-mounting harness arrangement. The straps are all long enough to enclose a massive volume (200L I'd guess), way beyond the Paragon's all-day carrying ability which I estimate at 25kg.
For an IK day trip carrying a boat less than a mile to a shore, I'd make do with the basic pack sack that came with my boat, for longer treks the Paragon would be much more comfortable.
I do miss the exterior pockets and [bladder] sleeves of a conventional backpack, but that's down to the bag you use and with a bit of imagination could be added to the webbing. Great job, NRS.

Service and delivery comments:

Bought from packrafting store.de

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5.0

Versatile piece of gear

By Sleeper

from Asheville, NC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Strong Material

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Paragon Pack:

      I use this so I don't have to set shuttle on a favorite local IK run. Folds away during the run then I simply deflate and roll the IK up for the 4 mile hike out. Fits my largest dry bag also for a simple backpack.

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      4.0

      Works great! Versitile.

      By Jack

      from Nome, AK

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Capacity
      • Strong Material

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Paragon Pack:

        This worked good. I used it on a packraft/fatbike trip in AK. I used two large stuffsacks and carried both stuffsacks on the paragon when pushing bike and carried one when biking (the other on the bike).

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        3.0

        Shoddy Strap

        By Baritone Brad

        from Erdenet, Mongolia

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Capacity
        • Strong Material
        • Tight Closure
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking

          Comments about NRS Paragon Pack:

          I love this NRS system and recommend it highly to friends all the time.

          I have used this product for years and am dismayed by the quality of my current pack.

          I bought a new NRS pack system and took it with me to Mongolia for a hardcore two month journey. The second day of my expedition I was pulling on the top horizontal compression strap with my usual amount of lashing strength and the strap tore off of the attachment. I punched myself in the face and chipped my front teeth.

          I plan to find a shoemaker of some other such trades person with a strong enough needle and thread to reattach this thing and reenforce the other attachment points for all of the straps as I do not trust the pack. I am currently using rope to compress my drybag.

          I am frustrated by the pack and hope that a dentist can make my teeth look as nice as they once did.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nothing is unpackable!

          By Bearcat

          from Alexandria, VA

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Details
          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Capacity
          • Versatility

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adventure Racing
            • Backpacking
            • Paddling
            • Portages
            • Sailing

            Comments about NRS Paragon Pack:

            I am a sailor, kayaker, climber, biker, windersurfer, and adventurer. I also do a lot of filming and photography while out there. I have been hauling gear and supplies up and down and down and out for as long as I can remember :) kayak drop-ins/pull-outs, canoe trip portages, sailboat/conoe/kayak trips, climbing adventures... I have endless memories of wondering how I was possibly going to move a certain item a matter of miles! This pack is the answer to ALL of those situations. I'm pretty sure that I can figure out a way to pack almost anything with this system... from hard boxes to ropes, tents, almost any shape of gear, even that injured mtn goat that needs a lift down to saftey! Basically if you have something heavy and ackward that needs to make more than a few feet, you will not regret this purchase. I bought it in combination with the med Expedition Driduffel and it's an amazing combo! I'm pretty sure that I replaced my camping pack for almost all trips! Other than desert trips, there is almost never a trip where you're not fighting to keep stuff dry (and light, hate that heavy wet pack!), and this combo is the answer, about the same volume, but no bagging EVERYTHING inside a wet pack, just one big dry pack :) and one happy camper. I find myself less hesitant to bring vulnerable items out when my whole pack is a dry bag.

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            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              Hey I'm wondering what the max weight this pack can comfortably carry. Also what is the biggest dry bag size (liter capacity) it can usually hold? Planning a packrafting trip during which I will need to carry 16 days of food and the packraft for a period of about a week before returning to the water.
              Asked on 2/16/2016 by Nick

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The pack performed very well with about 55 lbs but when I put another 25 on top as a second pack while portaging it was top heavy and difficult but that depends on what shape your in.  Good Luck and have a blast.
                Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

                Answered on 2/21/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would find an alternative solution, I used this pack for a similar trip that was only a week long , had 60-70lbs including the Inflatable kayak, and the stitches where the straps met the back tore out in the first three miles of the hike in. If you have a lighter load it can carry quite a lot of bulk.
                Sent from Outlook Mobile

                Answered on 2/17/2016 by Edre44 from Eugene, OR
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Nick, I can't give you a max weight capacity. Reviewers report carrying 40 pounds for a distance. It can easily hold our 3.8 Bill's Bag, Item # 55010.01, which has a 109 liter capacity. I suggest you get it and decide if it works for you. You can return it if it doesn't meet your needs.

                Answered on 2/17/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              I have the 3.8 liter outfitter dry bag, will it fit in the paragon, or is it too big.
              Asked on 6/4/2014 by John55 from Chicago

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The pack stiffener is about 22" tall, with 2" webbing attached top and
                bottom. Total length of that 2" webbing is 54". The 2 horizontal straps
                are each more than 60" in total length (6" + 24 + 9 + 24).

                Answered on 6/5/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have fit a 55 liter dry bag into my paragon pack with ease.

                Answered on 6/5/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, it will fit in the Paragon.

                Answered on 6/5/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes it will fit.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/4/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              Will this work with your York box? http://www.nrs.com/product/3058/nrs-canyon-camping-dry-box
              Asked on 3/31/2014 by Joel from NH

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Joel, you can easily fit the Boulder Box, Item # 55083.01, in the Paragon, but the Canyon is a bit too large.

                Answered on 4/1/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              Will this work with the HPRC 2700?

              I measured my case and it is just over the 50" circumference cap at 54". Will it still work?

              This is the case I have: http://www.plaber.com/2700.htm
              Asked on 2/22/2014 by Alexander

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would imagine it would work. We used cans that are roughly 13 gallons in
                volume, and circumferences close to 50 inches, with a little extra room to
                give. Hope that helps.

                Answered on 2/28/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have used my harness with a similar case & it worked fine.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 2/23/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Looking at my pack I think you'll be ok, somewhat dependent on the shape of the load, also I know there is some variation in strap length between packs, the design would make it fairly easy to extend the straps with a little sewing, mine is a few years old and has be a great piece of gear. I use it primarily with a yellow Eureka barrel and then strap on misc. bits and bags depending on how strong I'm feeling. The pack can carry more weight than I can.

                Answered on 2/23/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                .... The pack stiffener is about 22" tall, with 2" webbing attached top and
                bottom. Total length of that 2" webbing is 54". The 2 horizontal straps
                are each more than 60" in total length (6" + 24 + 9 + 24). ....
                Dimension B, just under 21" should fit neatly under the vertical straps.
                The top 2" fastex buckle may fit through one of the handles. Sounds like
                this is as good of match.

                Answered on 2/23/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              Would this work with a NRS System 5 Dry Bag?
              Asked on 8/25/2013 by kayaker don

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Pretty sure that the top strap will not be long enough for your System 5 Dry Bag. However, I don't see a reason why you couldn't extend the strap and make it work. You can make an extension out of an additional 2-piece buckle and a section of webbing.
                 

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by McGyver from California
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The System 5 Bag will fit in the Paragon; however, the top strap is not long enough to anchor over the top.

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I think it would work, but you won't be able to use the strap over the top, there will be a lot of unsupported bag above your shoulders.

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Not sure. I use the Paragon Pack for Pack Raft/Fat Tire bike trips. I use two extra-large stuff sacks, one on my back, and one on the bike. When I get to a place that is neither bitable, or floatable, (i.e. meaning I have to walk) I place all the weight on my back. both stuff sacks work great and fit well.

                Answered on 8/26/2013 by Catfish from Nome, Alaska
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I use this harness and would have to answer no. The bag is just too large. The distance between top and bottom straps holding the bag is 13". If, say, there is 4" of the bag extending below the bottom strap of the harness, then from the top strap there is 17" down to the bottom of the bag and 25" up to the top of the bag. This will likely make person carrying the bag in the harness top heavy. I would not recommend this harness for this purpose unless the bag is very light. If no better harness can be found (his harness will be hard too beat - I looked), the bag can be extended further down in the harness until the top straps are at least in the middle of the bag. In that case carrying will not be comfortable, but it may get the job done. Hopefully the portage will not be too long. Good luck.

                Answered on 8/30/2013 by Anonymous
            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              Would this work with a 75l Sealline Zip Duffle? Dimensions are 10 x 17 x 29 in. but bag is oval, so I can see it being close.
              Asked on 1/12/2013 by Ben from Canada

              7 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It would work

                Answered on 1/12/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It pretty much goes around whatever you put in it and the straps a really
                long. I'm 99.9% it would work great.

                Answered on 1/12/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I own two of these items. I've used them with several sizes of Sealine packs. I'm not familiar with the 751, but from the dimensions it should fit fine. Hope this helps. Mike
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 1/12/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                If whatever you have is compressible, it will work. And - if its that close, I am sure you could come up with a modification. This pack is very comfortable - I used it extensively - portaging dry bags and bear barrels.

                Answered on 1/13/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                In reply to a previous question about this frame, I wrote:
                .... The pack stiffener is about 22" tall, with 2" webbing attached top and
                bottom. Total length of that 2" webbing is 54". The 2 horizontal straps
                are each more than 60" in total length (6" + 24 + 9 + 24). ....
                Keep in mind that this is not a rigid frame; it's a hip belt and shoulder
                straps with a flexible plastic stiffener. ...

                Answered on 1/14/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I've used NRS dry bag sizes L and XX(specs below + link) with this pack shell, both packed to the max and up to 40+lb in gear with no problem and could probably go a little bigger. There is a ton of space with the straps, especially vertically, if you really want to use it all.
                NRS Dry Bag Sizing
                Size
                Dimensions
                Liters
                Cu. In.
                XS
                6.5" Dia x 12.5" H
                6
                366
                S
                7.5" Dia x 13" H
                10
                610
                9.5" Dia x 20" H
                22
                1343
                L
                11.5" Dia x 23" H
                38
                2319
                XL
                9.5" Dia x 38" H
                44
                2694
                xx
                12.5" Dia x 26" H
                53
                3234

                Answered on 1/14/2013 by Storm from Los Angeles, CA
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Sounds like it should work.

                Answered on 1/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Paragon Pack

              Q:

              I have a hard sided, blue plastic drum, straight sided, outside dimension 16" x 22 3/4". Wondering if the Paragon Pack will work as a carrying harness for this. The description says it accepts items "up to 50" circumfrence. I figured that rules me out since I measure the drum circumfence as 50.25". But later in the description, it says the pack will accept a dry bag up to 16", which should have the same circumfrence as my drum. Is the 50" limit an approximation or should I be mindful of the exact listed limits? Thanks!
              Asked on 9/10/2012 by J.G. from St. Cloud, MN

              7 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                I think this will work for your drum. If it doesn't, our Hassle-Free return process is free.

                Answered on 9/10/2012 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm guessing that it would fit. The pack stiffener is about 22" tall, with
                2" webbing attached top and bottom. Total length of that 2" webbing is
                54". The 2 horizontal straps are each more than 60" in total length (6" +
                24 + 9 + 24).
                The horizontal straps are long enough to wrap around it. The vertical just
                barely fits (22+16+16).
                Keep in mind that this is not a rigid frame; it's a hip belt and shoulder
                straps with a flexible plastic stiffener. So a load that is hanging 16"
                off the back won't be a comfortable carry for any distance.

                Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I've used this with dry bags that measure 50". If your drum is the same circumference at the ends it might be too snug. If the ends are tapered and only the center of your drum is 50.25" it should work fine.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Buy it & try it. If it doesn't work, I can guarantee you'll use it for something else; it's a great product for portering. ~Micah

                Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I don't have a dry bag of that size handy, but judging from my measurements
                the 50" circumference is just an approximate. The straps are very
                accommodating and will adjust a significant amount. One thing I will tell
                you is to be mindful of the loads you are putting on it. The top strap is
                adhered to the back panel of the pack on the outside (the load side) so a
                very heavy load is pulling against the seam where the strap is sewn. This
                caused it to begin to peel from the back panel almost immediately for me.
                However, I put a couple of goops of adhesive into the tearing seam and
                clamped it tight overnight. That fixed the problem. I would recommend
                doing this right away. (Also, hopefully NRS will read this and consider
                sewing the strap to the inside, or the carrying side, of the back panel so
                the load isn't fighting that one seem so much.) Good luck and I hope it
                works out for you.

                Answered on 9/11/2012 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                50" is no doubt a conservative number. I offen carry a round igloo cooler with me to events that is 13"/22", and with the straps tight I have about a good 10" extra on each one ( there are 5 ). So you should be fine.

                Answered on 9/11/2012 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Its difficult to say for sure without the drum, but I think you'll be fine with 16x22 3/4. I've found mine to work well although I use a somewhat smaller drum.

                Answered on 9/16/2012 by Anonymous
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