Brand Introduction If you haven’t heard of HEX, you’re probably exactly like I was until the day their Signal backpack showed up on my doorstep. HEX is brand with their roots in the Southern California fashion scene. Originally founded by musicians and designers Dan Maravilla and Trent Valladares, the HEX brand is much more urban-chic
Brand Introduction Backpacks on Kickstarter are kind of like Beanie Babies in the 90s: there are way too many of ‘em, and most are crap, but every once in awhile, you find one that really does it for you. As a pack addict, I’m always chasing that elusive bag that fills every single role I
Brand Introduction The last few months have been a time of great Kickstarter hype. Boundary Prima System, Remote Equipment ALPHA 31, and Evergoods have been promising high-quality, backer-funded bags and as their campaigns have closed and backers have (not so) patiently played the waiting game, we’re finally getting to see some of these guys deliver.
Brand Introduction Triple Aught Design is a brand who understand adventure. A quick glance at their website will show you climbers, covert photography, trips to archery and rifle ranges. Their community events involve road trips into the mountains, or code-breaking scavenger hunts around San Francisco, where they are based. In a world where, sometimes, less
Brand Introduction Mystery Ranch has long been a name synonymous with quality, comfort, and innovation. They’ve been doing their thing since 2000, and are owned by industry veterans Dana Gleason and Renee Sippel-Baker, formerly of Dana Design; pioneers in the load bearing industry. Mystery Ranch might be best recognized by their signature Tri-Zip packs, which
Brand Introduction Many of you would have heard of Triple Aught Design or TAD, and be familiar with some of their popular designs like the FAST Pack Litespeed or EDC. TAD has long been associated with high quality military inspired and targeted designs, both packs and clothing. Triple Aught Design specifically aims to engineer clothing
Brand Introduction Hill People Gear is a name synonymous with quality, comfort and good old-fashioned family business. They’ve been doing their thing since 2010 and shortly after launching they partnered up with US manufacturer First Spear to deliver the physical side of their design process. The brand was founded and is still operated, by Evan
Many know Mystery Ranch (MR) from the Outdoor Recreation, Hunting and Military packs that made them famous, but over the last few years. MR have made an increasing number of packs that are designed more for urban or office type users, what many folks would refer to as Everyday Carry (EDC) packs. These often contain
Sabra Gear is a backpack and pouch manufacturer started in Israel by Eran Man. What began as a hobby creating gear for himself evolved into a business that currently has three packs and three pouches in its inventory. After seeing a Sabra Gear pack picture on Facebook I decided to give their Solo a go.
If you’re reading this, you probably own a backpack or two. You probably have an idea of what you like, and which companies produce the bags you like. If your favourite brand is bringing out a new pack, you can probably guess how it’ll look and function, to some degree. Every so often though, you