Zpacks just did a product refresh on their Nero Backpack to fix what I have always felt where some much needed changes.
Without a doubt the biggest change is them doing away with the annoying cordage system on the roll-top closure system. It was a serious PITA and I am not really sure anybody liked it. They now have a traditional buckle system for securing the roll-top closure.
Check out the attached video for a complete overview on the changes.
You can see my original thoughts on the Nero in this post from back in April of 2017.
Zpacks has released their Flex, free-standing pole system, previously only available on their Duplex shelter, for their solo ‘Solplex’ shelter, and is being called the Zpacks Solplex Flex Tent Upgrade.
For a bit of background, the Zpacks Solplex was released on November 12, 2014, if my records are correct.
Update: September 2019: Zpacks has updated the Nero with a new buckle system for the roll-top and other minor issues. See this post for further information.
The sub 2268 hiking world went a little berserk back in January (2017) when they noticed that the Zpacks Zero and XS-Zero backpacks were no longer being offered.
Today, Zpacks has unveiled the reason: the brand new Zpacks Nero backpack!
In the words of Zpacks:
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).