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new SMD packs on 01/24/2014 17:48:04 MST Print View

SMD facebook page says they will have their new packs at the GGG.
Hope someone takes some pics and notes to bring back and post.

Sean Nordeen
(Miner) - F

Locale: SoCAL
new SMD packs on 01/24/2014 19:51:54 MST Print View

I second that. I've been waiting to see what Brian and Ron working together would create. I've been actually been thinking of getting another pack so I'm hoping it will fit my needs.

(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Been waiting too on 01/24/2014 21:26:36 MST Print View

I'll take lots of pics and post them

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Pics on 01/24/2014 21:33:14 MST Print View

There tomorrow a.m. Will be sure to photo. Hope you like iOS pics.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
SMD Pack on 01/25/2014 00:40:57 MST Print View

Can't wait to see them. Whoever takes pictures is going to have a lot of questions fired their way.

Edited by Cameron on 01/25/2014 00:41:42 MST.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: SMD Pack on 01/25/2014 08:42:10 MST Print View

Yes please share!!!! We need some good reporting from those of you lucky enough to be at the GGG..........

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Pics?! on 01/26/2014 10:27:17 MST Print View

Anyone? I

Andrew Urlacher
(anarkhos) - M

Locale: Colorado, Wyoming
Re: Pics?! on 01/26/2014 10:32:45 MST Print View

Didn't anyone bring their smartphone to the GGG?! Mobile pics!!! We need them!!!

Pretty stoked to see what a year and a half of design collaboration yields.

Yohei Aoyagi
(zzz_bear) - MLife

Locale: Tokyo
SMD said on 01/26/2014 11:07:18 MST Print View

They will release details of new products in this week at their website and FB page.

Edited by zzz_bear on 01/26/2014 11:08:55 MST.

Anthony Viera

Locale: Orange County
Re: SMD said on 01/26/2014 11:12:21 MST Print View

That's true enough, but people like myself are anxious to get a sneak peak from GGG, where SMD is showing off their new line in advance of the website reveal.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

SMD Packs on 01/26/2014 13:03:25 MST Print View

These packs are going to be a huge step up for SMD. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
Re: new SMD packs on 01/26/2014 13:11:28 MST Print View

While exciting, they have some lofty expectations to live up to! Was in the market for a pack in the next week or two, will have to hold off to see what SMD has come up with.

(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
The Six Moon Designs packs are very nice; Some details on 01/26/2014 17:03:20 MST Print View

Ron from Six Moon Designs did a great job showing off the new packs and explaining their features. He revealed two new series of adjustable packs:

1) The Fusion Series, fully-framed packs in size 50L and 60L, which have a single aluminum stay down the center of a stiff, supportive foam/plastic backpad. Shove it pocket on back. I was able to get a great fit with the 60L size. Though I didn't try on the 50L, they use the same frame/harness/adjustment system. T. Could comfortably handle loads of 35 lbs or more. The Fusion packs were prototypes so Ron asked us not to publish photos of them yet.

2) A lighter pack with a hoop stay in size 30L and 40L, for hiking or trail running with lighter loads. This pack is still incredibly supportive with a unique double chest buckle and wide shoulder straps. Highly durable stretchy mesh side pockets. I was able to get a great fit and I think this pack could comfortably handle 25 lbs or possibly more.

Both packs are designed to pull the pack away from your back at the edges near your spine, leaving less of the surface of your back to get hot against the back pad. It works.

I'll be posting photos of the lighter packs, which Ron said was OK.

Brian and Ron did a fantastic job with these packs. Hard to believe they're just the first gen packs of their series.

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Edited by mountainwalker on 01/26/2014 20:04:45 MST.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: new SMD packs on 01/26/2014 17:23:33 MST Print View

Sorry guys, I forgot to get pics of the packs, but here is a picture of the presentation just to tease you. Ron with his black van.


Mark Heiser

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
website issues? on 01/26/2014 17:27:15 MST Print View

I've tried to visit their website, on several occasions over the past few months on both chrome and IE, but to no avail. Has anyone else had these issues?

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: website issues? on 01/26/2014 17:28:30 MST Print View

I can get on there fine with firefox. Try clearing your cache and cookies.

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
Re: website issues? on 01/26/2014 17:34:37 MST Print View

Mark, works every time for me on chrome.

Edited by norcalweaver on 01/26/2014 17:35:12 MST.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Re: The Six Moon Designs packs are very nice; Some details on 01/26/2014 17:49:24 MST Print View

What's the material?!

Peter G

Locale: Western Oklahoma
60L Fusion sounds good for me. on 01/26/2014 19:22:01 MST Print View

I'd love to hear more about the Fusion series! Since you can't post photos, could you at least say what packs on the market the design is most-similar to?

(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Just added photos of the lightweight SMD packs on 01/26/2014 20:06:09 MST Print View

Just edited my post above to add photos of the lightweight SMD packs, 30L and 40L. You can also see one of them on Mark's back, back view and side view. In the side view you can really see how the pack pulls fabric away from your back for ventilation.

When I was on the E. Coast and far from any BPL gatherings, I really appreciated folks from the GGG posting pics and news of new gear. I'll be putting up a lot more of people, shelters and gear we tried on the main thread.

Edited by mountainwalker on 01/26/2014 20:09:12 MST.