When it comes to packs, I tend to prefer big, simple bucket haulers. Keep everything inside with stuff sacks and the appropriate packing technique and hit the trail. The more bells and whistles, the more to eventually have to fix on the trail. In the rain.
But Mile High Mountaineering’s new line of packs could sway me in a whole new direction. The type of innovation their bringing to the market will without doubt create a scramble to emulate it from the likes of Gregory, Osprey and Deuter. While the video says it all, I’m a huge fan of the way their packs, in this case the Divide 55 liter, integrate features that to me, are critical. Specifically, the bottom stuff sack is freaking key, especially for people like me who are nuts about ensure the integrity of your down bag when on the trail.
There sure are a lot of buckles and straps and adjustable items which could jar loose or just present additional problems. However, that kind of flexibility is key as your load adjusts on the trail and your pack lightens as food and water disappear. There is little question that Mile High Mountaineering is led by guys who have spent a few weeks in the backcountry.
I’m seriously looking forward to the launch of this company next year. These guys, and their packs, should make a splash.