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Topo Designs backpacks

July 13, 2011

Topo Designs are a maker of backpacks, bags and accessories, based in Colorado, USA. The company is made up of fishers, hunters, ski instructors, hikers, climbers, bikers and travelers, who through being dissatisfied with the products available to them, decided to put their money where their mouths were and create something themselves.

The result are these bags – built with the outdoors and proper functionality in mind, they’re big things but that’s the point. There are two main backpack variations – the Klettersack and Daypack which I’m featuring here. All Topo bags are made from 1000d Cordura balistic nylon, giving the bags loads of strength and durability meaning they’re going to last and take pretty much anything you’ll throw at them.

Starting with the Daypack it’s a simple design, utilising a large, zip-closure main compartment (with inner organizer pocket), and a smaller front section, again fastened via zip that runs diagonally across the front of the bag. The inner compartments are fully lined in coated pack cloth meaning the whole thing is fully protected from the elements. Other features include the natural leather lash tabs on the outside, military spec metal hardware and the heavy-duty straps are reinforced with seat belt webbing for extra strength and durability.

Moving on, we come to the Klettersack. It’s a slightly taller bag than the day pack and due to the flap closure over the main compartment and the adjustable straps, is one that you can increase the volume of if needed. It’s a real workhorse of a bag and clearly more suited to the outdoors – perfect for those that spend their weekends hiking, camping or climbing. It includes many of the same features as the Daypack with military spec hadrware, natural leather lash tabs (four as opposed to the Daypack’s two) and heavy duty reinforced straps.

All the bags are handmade in Topo’s LEED Certified shop in Colorado. There’s a range of colours including that great WWII USMC duck camo. For more information, to shop online, or to find your nearest stockist (there are a couple in the UK), go to the website here: Topo Designs.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Adam Collins permalink
    July 21, 2011 1:15 pm

    Available at Suka Sport in Central London! They are beautiful bags…

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