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BOREAS GEAR is a small, innovative outdoor gear company based in San Francisco, who share a vision for the future of outdoor equipment. Since 2010, they have been designing award-winning packs: lightweight, practical, hardwearing gear for people passionate about getting outdoors. They believe that the best designs are not complicated and that there’s no reason to compromise form for function. Boreas want their gear to be as versatile as the people using it.
Their designs themselves are clean, simple and unlike anything else in the industry, developed by a team of designers with years of experience creating equipment for some of the best known brands available on the High Street. Their products combine a mixture of high quality, lightweight materials with simple but innovative designs.
Here, we feature just a few of the innovative models that specialist retailers think will be winners.
The Buttermilks 40 and 55 are light and uncomplicated, designed for those who want to move really, really fast and those who think it’s just plain crazy to carry heavy things around all day long. This pack offers a great blend of suspension, structure and weight conscious materials, and with really good-sized stretchy hip belt pockets, for those little essentials that you want easy access to.
Like all packs in the Boreas range, the Buttermilks is made from super-light ripstop nylon, impregnated with silicone for waterproof strength that won’t wear out or rub off over time. A heavier nylon is used for the pack bottom, which is just plain tough.
The compromise with many lightweight packs is comfort – which definitely isn’t the case with Boreas packs. The z-foam back panel and removable frame sheet in the Buttermilks are shaped to match the curve of your back. Poke the z-foam on the back panel (don’t worry, it’s tough stuff) and you’ll see it springs back. That compression/reaction motion happens as you hike, pumping air through to keep your back cool.
The Erawan (available in 50 or 70-litre) is the backpack-lovers duffle! Its streamlined body, versatile shoulder straps and handles on all sides make it as easy to stow away during travel, and convenient to carry from hub to hotel, as it will be to take to the crag.
This adventure travel duffle incorporates a range of innovative features, such as tuck-away/adjustable should straps for a wide range of fits, hidden daisy chains, a large waterproof pocket, and built-in wet/dry pocket. It’s immensely practical too, with easy access so you can get at your gear quickly. However, with all entry points being next to your back when you’re wearing it, it’ll be very difficult for others to get at your prized possessions.
BOOTLEGGER MODULAR PACK SYSTEM
Swap the suspension, pick your pack and choose your adventure!
The award-winning Bootlegger Modular Pack System offers a pack system for every adventure. Featuring the unique Super-Tramp suspension system combined with modular functionality, it allows the user to choose the pack depending on activity or weather, and pop in on to the back system in seconds. Kayaking, or playing in the snow and need a dry-bag? Drop the suspension in the waterproof and submersible Scrimshaw. Commuting or hiking for the day, swap the suspension to the Hopper and organize your goods. If the weather gets nasty, drop the Hopper inside the Scrimshaw for the ultimate in wet weather protection. Running, cycling or hiking and only want to carry the essentials? Swap the suspension to the Torpedo for stripped down lightweight comfort.
With the pull of a strap, you have a whole new pack!
The variable suspension, aka Super-Tramp, lets users adjust their pack suspension with the tug of a strap. Tighten the strap and it’s a trampoline suspension, perfect for biking or hot weather travel. Loosen the strap and the pack reverts to a standard suspension, moving the weight closer to your back for more stability while hiking or climbing. And because the tension setting is infinitely variable, you can pick a spot somewhere in the middle for the best of both worlds.
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