This design originated from one of Dan Madden’s personal packs. It’s based on a classic book bag with the addition of some features that are needed in the backcountry. Dan used this pack for almost 20 years on day hikes in the Rockies. It’s a great pack for stashing the basics like a rain shell and gloves, a water bottle and small camera.
From 1981, this is the original convertible briefcase/daypack. There’s a leather handle for carrying like a briefcase and there are hide-away backpack straps for when you’re on the move. A very sturdy everyday bag, It’s great for quick overnight trips, too. The Getaway pack is practical, versatile and durable.
The MTN PACKBOARD daypack has a compact, well-organized packsack with a lot of exterior lash points to help haul your toys off the beaten path. We were inspired by trappers’ packboards and the ability to handle a variety of volumes and weights. Then we added some details that are found on modern military packs to help customize the carry options.
There is also a thin plastic frame sheet in the back panel that helps support the pack when lashing heavier gear like skis and we upgraded the shoulder harness to 1/2” EVA foam for supreme comfort. The outside of the pack features a double layer of 1000d Cordura® on the bottom for extra durability.
We built the pack using “heritage” construction techniques like double-needle stitching for durability and additional bar-tack stitching for strength. We also made sure to bind every raw seam – including around the zippers – to make sure the product lasts from the inside as well as the outside. The leather patch ages beautifully and adds timeless style to create a new “classic.”
A classic in the cult of heritage packs, the KNAPSACK can be found from Tokyo to New York to Zurich. We started making this pack in ‘78 and we have kept producing it with virtually no changes for about 40 years. The Knapsack now has a padded back panel for additional comfort when carrying outdoor or city gear. It’s a great simple bag for carrying simple stuff.