Matthew Kirk, the hiking maven who completed the Applichian trail in record time is apparently offering a version of his pack for sale. Being a bag and gear guy, I can't help but love it. Some features of note:
- Of course it's ultralight hiker's dream, supporting 0 to 25L worth of gear. That's right, it's still useful with almost no gear in it at all, acting as a hydration vest.
- It's battle tested over 4000 miles. This isn't just some arm-chair designer's idea of what might work.
- It uses a number of unique features, like a vest style fit, bandolier storage, waist belt access.
- The pack assembly is also unique, leveraging items like heavy duty twist ties, which allow for a custom fit without having to actually sew anything.
At $90, I don't have a need strong enough to justify a purchase. But as a project that shows how feasible it is to get your custom design into the hands of the public, it's downright impressive.
Here's a video overview of the pack:
The only thing the pack won't do is schedule time in your calendar to get out and go backpacking. Unfortunately, that's the feature I need the most!