New Gear From The Cottages
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Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 00:48:53 MST Print View

New Gear From The Cottages is a collection of new UL and lightweight gear from cottage manufacturers around the world, coming out this spring and summer.

With the Outdoor Show just over, and ISPO in full swing, we should not forget the true innovators of lightweight gear, the cottages. They are the bandwagon the major players are now starting to jump on ;)

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 01:07:27 MST Print View

That tipi. Wow. They've raised the bar a few notches.

Ryan C
(radio_guy) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 01:13:52 MST Print View

Thanks for the nice overview Hendrik! It is nice to have a basic overview of what is going on as I can get overwhelmed by what all is out there now.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 06:29:55 MST Print View

Great job as always. Thanks Hendrik.

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Northern Europe
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 06:52:23 MST Print View

Thanks, Hendrick! I appreciate your posts and work, and look forward to moving out to your part of the world in a year.

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
Still no Big Ape from Gossamer Gear...bummer. on 02/08/2011 07:14:55 MST Print View

Thanks!

I was really hoping Gossamer Gear was going to come through with the Big Ape(MP+ volume with Gorilla construction). Bummer.

Oh well, at least I know to buy something else now.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 07:52:46 MST Print View

And I've been trying to get Gossamer Gear to make a UL daypack, something like a mini-gorilla. Seems like most of my daypacks weigh more than my big packs.

Chris Benson
(roguenode) - F

Locale: Boulder
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 09:20:16 MST Print View

Thank you, it's great to get a preview of the new gear. I'm waiting to see if MLD will have any pack changes or additions this spring.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 09:29:18 MST Print View

Hendrik,

Thank you for putting all this together!

Todd

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
=) on 02/08/2011 11:44:38 MST Print View

Glad you all like it!

Evan, let me know when you're in Finland, maybe we can go for a hike together!

Joe, GG came out with this new Riksak last autumn/ early winter, is that maybe something for you? Otherwise there's the LAUFBURSCHE huckeP√ĄCKchen (google it) or the MLD Newt.

Tyson Marshall
(sheepNgeese) - MLife

Locale: Ventura County (formerly PNW)
Re: =) on 02/08/2011 11:50:58 MST Print View

Hi Hendrik,

Another cottage company worth mentioning:

BearPaw Wilderness Designs
http://bearpawwd.com/index.html

***I have no affiliation with this company***

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 12:30:06 MST Print View

I have the same issue with wanting to find a really light weight day pack.

I finally went with a custom one from packs. You can pick one of their small sizes and just add the pockets you want.

It ended up costing a bit more than I think a day pack should, but its got exactly what I want on it and the correct size.

a b
(Ice-axe)
Thanks, awesome news! on 02/08/2011 12:44:47 MST Print View

Thanks for the Update!
It's so interesting to see how dynamic the cottage industry gear manufacturers are. I had no idea the variety of new projects they are working on. As hikers we are blessed to have them!

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: New Gear From The Cottages on 02/08/2011 13:10:30 MST Print View

Hendrik you are the evening news of UL. Thank you.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Re: Re: =) on 02/10/2011 00:16:35 MST Print View

Thanks all!

Tyson, I don't think BearPaw Wilderness Designs came out with anything new in 2011, but I will be in touch with them and ask - thanks for bringing it up!