MATERIAL: X-Pac™ / VX21 BLACK DWR - 1500, 210 D Ripstop Nylon face, .25 mil polyester film, Coyote Polyester X-PLY at 22, 50 D polyester taffeta backing
CLOSURE: 2" AustriAlpin™ COBRA®
PADDING: Closed cell foam technology on entirety of computer section
HANDLE: 1" MIL-SPEC Webbing
STRAPS: Closed-Cell Foam Technology padding wrapped in 2" MIL-SPEC Webbing
INTERIOR: Easy to see inside Silver 500 Denier CORDURA® with 1 Large zippered pocket, Closed-Cell Foam padded computer section
ZIPPERS: Easy to access Water-Repellent YKK VISLON® AquaGuard® Zippers
WEIGHT: 3 lb
VOLUME: 18 Liter
EXTERIOR ADJUSTABLE POCKETS: Hold most bottles small + large
I need to go home now. I’ve been outside wandering too long. What day is it anyway? People might start to shutter their windows wondering who this wandering person is endlessly walking around with his backpack. I don’t want to become a menace to society. Ever since designing this new backpack I’ve just been finding myself looking for an excuse, any excuse to wear it outside. I have to confess, I even dumped out the last of our coffee beans in the trash so I could ‘volunteer’ to buy more from the store, wearing my new backpack of course. It's great for shopping. There’s truly just something about this bag that’s just so right. The right proportions: Not too big, not too small. The right amount of storage: Not too little, not too much. The right materials: Overkill in every way. And don't even get me started on comfort. I think it’s caused me to forget to eat. This isn’t good. Did anyone hear my stomach rumble? I keep playing with the imported AustriAlpin™ COBRA® Quick-Release buckle too. That ‘click’ sound is the metallic equivalent of a primal scream. That’s the sound of quality. The look of the buckle is so rad it’s menacing my mind I tell you! I just want to keep opening the bag so I get to experience this buckle again, and again, and again. I need to get my head checked. Or do I?
Maybe this menacing mania isn’t menacing at all and is just the thing I’ve needed my whole life. Maybe there will someday be an army of other wanderers and wanderlusters just like me, wearing the same backpack, looking for their reasons to be outside exploring the world 24-7. If that’s considered ‘Menacing’, then consider me someone who will DEFY right along side you. The Menace movement has only just begun.
WHAT IS X-PAC?
Not to be mistaken with the WWF wrestler, X-Pac is a composite fabric comprised of multiple layers laminated into a single sheet. The layers in the standard pack cloth consist of a nylon face fabric, a polyester “X-Ply” mesh, a waterproof film and light taffeta backing with a water-resistant coating. Developed and distributed by the sailcloth makers Dimension-Polyant, the company discovered that much of the technology they had developed for making specialized racing sails was also capable of producing a unique bag material. A good sail needs to be as light as possible, whilst strong enough to withstand the forces running through it. To retain its intended shape the fabric needs to be stable across all dimensions. It also needs to survive the elements by not absorbing water and being resistant to UV. With these properties, and with the fabric being relatively accessible, it’s no surprise that cottage industry bag makers jumped on board. In particular, the waterproofness and structure of the fabric was far greater than other lightweight materials used at the time, such as silnylon. The waterproof film provides waterproofness up to 200 PSI, which means packs are pretty much rainproof and don’t gain weight whilst hiking in the rain.