I got an email from Emily; get up here this box is too large to carry home on my bike, I want it so badly, I’m jealous. My mind went bazerk, what could it possibly be, food? a gift? boat shit? I love suprises but she knows better than to shop for me, I’m impossible.
I ran all the way the office grabbed the box and made a break for it, she screamed and chased me down the hall. I zigged where I should have zagged and in my confusion made a fatal error, in the office maze I had gone the wrong way and was trapped like a rat, she caught me and we both laughed as I shook the box wondering what treasure could possible be at hand. I tore through the packaging and there it was, my head nearly exploded as I pulled out a Brand spanking new Topo Designs Klettersack.
I had a tear in my eye as I hugged her, kissed her and ran out the door to play with my new soon to be best friend. This thing was made in the good old USA and is spot on for quality. Every stitch is perfection, the design is old-school, simple and clean. Its nothing more than a sack with a small top lid and a few lash points, to me there is absolutely nothing more sophisticated than simplicity. My very first pack was an old Torri Kletter climbing pack, tough as nails, simple as dirt and oh so stylish. I carried that pack on every adventure I went on for years and was never let down till that fateful day when someone smashed the window of my car and stole my fully packed bag ready for my departure for Cabo the very next day. I had been hired to sail a 30′ sailboat from Cabo to San Diego and had booked my flight two weeks early to get in some great spear fishing. All of my most valuable possessions were gone. I had one day to replace everything from my collapseable Hawaiin sling and dive knife to my trusty pack. I went to every mountain shop in San Diego but failed to find anything even close. Its amazing how the things we love the most get the least amount of thought. My old pack could not be replaced. Its been over 25 years and I’ve never been able to find a suitable match for my trusty and tattered old long lost friend, until today.
It seems to get harder and harder to find a simple pack when every company out there is trying to turn the once ample rucksack into a super padded and heavy mobile office capable of carting all your tec gear and the kitchen sink to the top of Mt Everest. Straps, buckles hip belts water proof covers, millions of pockets…The day of the daypack is dead, or at least it was. I crawled into bed last night with Molly my newly named and already well loved pack, Emily protested but Molly got tucked in right by my side. Emily’s last words before the sandman came and took her away were if I wake up and that thing is between us I’m throwing it overboard.
The design of this pack is simple clean and elegant. There are two flush pockets on either side that will hold a Kleen Canteen or in my case my 4 oz flask and Moleskine journal on one side and a slim digital camera on the other. I am on writing/photo assignment 24/7/365 and while there is a wonderful slim line pouch for my Mac Book Pro I rarely carry it with me, I prefer to hand write everything and transfer it later. There is something so simply wonderful about writing my stories in my journal. Laptops have earned themselves a place in this world and that is at home where they belong.
This Klettersack is smooth, simple, streamlined and built like a brick shithouse. It carries like a dream and is just the right size for everything from carting an 18 pack of beers and snacks to your friends house to a world journey. My motto has always been take half as much stuff as you think you will need and twice as much money.
This pack is simple perfection in every way shape and form, you can easily find them at Topo Designs or hope to be as fortunate as I and one day soon the post man will come knocking for you. Unlike my last one, if you want this one you will have to pry it from my cold dead hands.
Disclaimer, I am in no way shape or form affiliated with Topo Designs. On the rare occasions that I come across something truly amazing I like to share it. The fact that it is Made in America is icing on the cake, these guys rock!
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery