Timberline's pack system has proven itself over many miles and years on the trail in the Colorado and Wyoming Rockies. The sawbuck-type pack frame and panniers are designed to provide a safe, comfortable pack for the llama and a strong, functional system for the user.
The pack frame (saddle) is made of stained hardwood with black powder-coated, rust-proof metal parts. The pack boards pivot at their connection to the cross bracing, allowing the angle of the boards conform to the slope of the llama's back. The pack boards are padded with firm, sculptured and tapered foam, allowing movement of the llama's shoulder muscles under the bars. Adjustable cinches made of fleece-covered 2" nylon webbing are bolted to the frame and fasten with Fastex buckles.** Now available with rope cinches** Breast strap and britching attach to the panniers to stabilize forward and back movement of the load. The pack saddle is made and meant to be used with a standard felt saddle pad. Now included! The name plate should be on the near side (llama's left side) for proper saddle placement. Photo at left is looking at the saddle if you were standing on the llama's left.
Timberline'spanniers are constructed from heavy-weight, coated Cordura nylon fabric, reinforced in wear areas with even stronger Cordura Ballistic fabric. The main compartment is made from a single, wrap-around piece of fabric, forming the top flap, back, bottom and front, so there are no structural seams except at the end gussets. An internal aluminum stay across the top distributes the weight, while an inner pad protects the llama from pannier contents. The compartment closes with adjustable flaps and wrap-around straps that both support and compress the load. At each end, the pannier has a large exterior pocket with a heavy-duty, full-length zipper. Panniers are suspended from the saddle frame by adjustable straps. There are two additional straps on each pannier for strapping longer or rigid gear (such as tent poles or rolled-up foam pads) on top, and these can also be fastened together to form a shoulder strap. Timberline's panniers may be used with other frame-type pack saddles. Pannier dimensions: 22"x14"x8". Color: forest green, blue, red, blaze orange, and by special order, neon green
***July 2017 In stock: . Saddles with either fleece or rope cinches. Pannier colors: Red, blue, green, blaze orange
Complete pack system weight: 13 lbs. 12 oz. / Panniers only: 7 lbs. 4 oz. / Saddle only: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Complete system includes saddle, 2 panniers, 2 cinches*, breast strap and britching strap, and felt saddle pad. Panniers and pack frame also sold separately. (Panniers come with breast and britching straps and top load straps. Pack frame comes with 2 cinches and felt pad.) (*either fleece or rope cinches) Made in Colorado, USA
Remember, the saddle needs a saddle pad. A pony pad will do, or we have some synthetic felt pads here, (now included with purchase of complete system or saddle alone). Be sure to tuck the middle of the pad up under the crossbucks to make it more comfy for your llama.
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Rain flies are indispensable for keeping rain off the pack while on the trail, and in camp, they make great llama rain coats (above) In colors to match panniers, and also in purple, and blaze orange. **Burgundy no longer available.