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.
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.”
Crafted with Polartec® Power Wool, this is a refined top for alpine pursuits. By isolating a merino wool interior and a synthetic fiber exterior, this hybrid fabric optimizes wicking, breathability, odor resistance and durability. The design includes a 4-button placket for ventilation and underarm gussets for easier movement.