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New backpack...the Stealth
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John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
New backpack...the Stealth on 10/14/2012 16:45:05 MDT Print View

After a long time of testing and making prototypes, the backpack we've been waiting to release is finally here. Details are on website, link here

edit 10/31: Currently sold out. There was a lot of orders in these first couple weeks, and I'm in the process of finding/training someone to sew these with me in order to keep up.

Edited by skyzo on 10/31/2012 12:45:07 MDT.

Hoot Filsinger
(filsinger) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: New backpack...the Stealth on 10/14/2012 18:48:11 MDT Print View

John ,

Like the quality of your bivy so I ordered my wife a stealth pack.


Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Looks good.. on 10/15/2012 12:33:55 MDT Print View

Looks like a nice happy combination of some good MLD Burn/Prophet and GoLite style packs. Don't need one but I like the 2 side compression straps and the comfy looking shoulder and waist belt. That 140D Dyneema is the bomb (beautiful supple feel and look - a little shinier than the typical dyneema X).

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Nice on 10/15/2012 16:09:12 MDT Print View

Nice Looking Pack at a really nice price : )

Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Hip belt pockets? on 10/15/2012 16:16:25 MDT Print View

Looks very nice. Option for hip belt pockets? If so, what is the cost and weight?

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: New backpack...the Stealth on 10/15/2012 17:06:47 MDT Print View

Is the front pocket gusseted so that you can get to it when the pack is fully loaded?

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Re: New backpack...the Stealth on 10/15/2012 21:33:24 MDT Print View

Thank you for the nice comments everyone!

To answer some questions,

edit: picture added
Steve, here is a picture of the hipbelt pocket. A real simple, spacious design. Costs $5, adds .45oz.

Eric, the picture doesn't show it well, but the front pocket does have pleats on the bottom. The mesh is also quite stretchy to allow for more room when it is fully loaded. Its not a huge pocket, but like the description says, it still holds 250cu (measured when packed full).

Let me know if anyone has and more questions, and thank you to the ones that have ordered. There are still two 140D ones left at this price, and one X version. I don't think the price will raise much once these are out, but it will increase by $5-$10, as this price would be hard to keep.

Edited by skyzo on 10/24/2012 11:33:58 MDT.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Stealth straps on 10/15/2012 22:10:59 MDT Print View

How stiff are the shoulder straps? If you have a larger 1.8 liter Gatorade bottle, would you check if it'll fit in the side pockets?

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Stealth straps on 10/17/2012 09:15:25 MDT Print View

The straps are padded with 3/8in foam, so they are quite comfy.

As for the Gatorade bottle, what is the diameter of it? When I went to the store this morning I tried looking for a 1.8L one, but had no luck. A Nalgene can fit just fine in the pockets, but I don't know how much wider the Gatorade is.


drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Nice on 10/18/2012 14:53:56 MDT Print View

spam...marking this thread in case it becomes another invisible thread

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Re: Re: Nice on 10/18/2012 18:03:21 MDT Print View

Now that this thread has become "invisible", I'm curious as the whether or not posting in it will revive it...testing.
edit: it brought it back, good idea on marking it Eugene.

Anyways, as far as the pack goes, I ended up making some hip belt pockets for it, and will post some pictures soon.

Edited by skyzo on 10/18/2012 18:06:02 MDT.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Re: Re: Nice on 10/18/2012 18:04:08 MDT Print View

It does. That's why I marked I could come back later and uninvisible it.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nice on 10/19/2012 15:41:54 MDT Print View

Bumping again to make this thread visible again after the latest spam attack.

Daniel Paladino
(dtpaladino) - F - MLife

Locale: Northern Rockies
Stealth on 10/25/2012 11:44:51 MDT Print View

Hi John

I could be interested in a pack, although I'm thinking about holding out til I see the next iteration...

I love my bivy, by the way!

Nicholas Nelson

Locale: Southwest
Review? on 12/06/2012 20:35:23 MST Print View

Has anyone reviewed this pack? It looks great, and I'm thinking of getting one once they're available again. I just want to make sure that there aren't any large shortcomings.

taras maystruk
(slackpacker) - F

Locale: Piedmont NC
Stealth in stock on 01/18/2013 21:13:29 MST Print View

Hey guys I had emailed John in December asking when the pack might be back in stock, I had been holding out for the right pack and this looked like the ticket. Well after our initial correspondence he just sent me another email saying that the stealth is back in stock!

Edited by slackpacker on 01/18/2013 21:23:50 MST.

Reggie Garrett
(regarrett) - M

Locale: Lost in the mountains
Borah Stealth on 05/15/2013 20:27:01 MDT Print View

I ordered my Stealth today. Can't wait to get it. Read all the comments I could find and I think this is what I am looking for to meet me really, really light weight trips. I'm not quite SUL...but this seems to fit the bill. Great looking pack.