Flowfold Maverick: Review

Before the Flowfold Maverick, I had never used a fanny pack before. Never owned one. Never even really wanted one, frankly. But in packing for my post-Bar Exam delayed-honeymoon European adventure (a little over a week around France), I began thinking about just how I would be carrying around the daily essentials I’d need: wallet,

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Greenroom136 Metrodrifter: Review

Greenroom136 is a small bag maker based in Malaysia and sells bags all over the world, from the US to Europe to Asia. They’re known for building quality bags in their small shop by hand, with relatively inexpensive or free international shipping, which attracts a global customer base. The Metrodrifter is a small 5.5 L

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High Above Lookout: Review

High Above is the brainchild of JC Canfield, who got his chops under Dana Gleason at Mystery Ranch before deciding hip (fanny) packs needed a serious come back. Based in Bellingham, WA, High Above has created everything from backpacks, to hip packs, to a sweaty-gear focused duffel successfully funded through Kickstarter. I would say that

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North St. Bags Weekender Backpack Travel System: Review

Introduction North St. Bags is a bag maker based in Portland, Oregon founded in 2009. It has a strong bicycle bag heritage – known for their convertible backpack panniers. They use US made materials and hand build all of their bags in their Portland warehouse. I’ve been testing out their Weekender backpack and the Weekender

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Drop x Dan Durston 40L: Review

Drop, formerly MassDrop, has catered to the ultralight crowd for a while now, dedicating one of their communities to it. From time to time, Drop also releases collaborations with manufacturers, including everything from a run of the Granite Gear Crown X60, to Kylmit sleeping pads, and custom mechanical keyboards. These runs are usually tweaked versions

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First Tactical Tactix 1 Day Plus: Review

First Tactical is a somewhat new brand in the tactical industry, having entered the market in 2015. Led by Dan Costa, (formerly of Royal Robbins, 5.11 Tactical and others), the company specializes in apparel, packs, knives and other accessories. First Tactical develops products for law enforcement and first responders primarily, but many of their items

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EVERGOODS Mountain Quick Draw 24L: Review

If you’ve spent any time at all in the bag-sphere you’ve definitely heard of Jack Barley, Keven Dee, and EVERGOODS. Based out of Bozeman, Montana, the young brand had their first 2017 product launched on Kickstarter and raised $161,000 to bring out their first two packs, the Civic Panel Loader 24L (CPL24) and the Mountain

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Greenroom136 Metromonger: Review

The Metromonger is a 9L sling bag made by Greenroom136, an independently owned bag company based in Malaysia. Patrick Lim, the founder, designs a series of urban carry focused bags including messenger style and backpack style bags, as well as matching accessories. Some of the bags are also offered as a full customizable product. I

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