MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

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MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

Post by torpified » Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:20 pm

Who knew?

https://www.swdbackpacks.com/product-pa ... l-backpack

I know nothing about the merchandise -- I just stumbled across the website and liked the idea of midwestern ultra-lighters. (I think you can see Isle Royale in their logo!) Has anybody had any experience with their products?

Edited to add: Ack! Upon further review, it's not IR -- it's that freaky whale tale archipelago/peninsula extruding from L Superior's northern shore (the really northern one, in Canada, not the MN one). Maybe we can lobby them to enhance the geographical correctness of their logo?


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Post by paulbates » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:30 pm

My recent IR trip has proven, to my back and legs, that I have several pieces of gear that need to be replaced with lighter versions.... starting with the pack. I'm looking at zpacks, but I do like the idea of getting something made in Michigan.

Thanks for the pointer.

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Post by paulbates » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:55 pm

torpified wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:20 pm
Who knew?

https://www.swdbackpacks.com/product-pa ... l-backpack

I know nothing about the merchandise -- I just stumbled across the website and liked the idea of midwestern ultra-lighters. (I think you can see Isle Royale in their logo!) Has anybody had any experience with their products?

Edited to add: Ack! Upon further review, it's not IR -- it's that freaky whale tale archipelago/peninsula extruding from L Superior's northern shore (the really northern one, in Canada, not the MN one). Maybe we can lobby them to enhance the geographical correctness of their logo?
This has been on my mind for the last week. I used my original Cannondale Winan's Camel for my recent trip. Its an old and trusted friend, but the time on IR took its toll. I am looking for a new pack. I agree with you on the Long Haul, its only 3 oz more than the Superior.

Have you thought about what options you like?

Paul


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Post by thesneakymonkey » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:06 pm

Packs look super sweet. I love the color combos and size customization. The last thing I need is another pack but these look pretty awesome.


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Post by torpified » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:55 pm

I'm close to pulling the trigger on a full-suspension version of the 35L -- IN PURPLE. I agree that the extra capacity of the Long Haul is worth 3 additional ounces, all other things being equal. What tips the balance in my case is that I'm pretty happy with a ~50L pack I have now (Osprey Exos 58, which I use "brainless" when I can) whose total capacity I don't need for shorter/bear canisterless walks.

If I follow through, I'll report back!
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Post by paulbates » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:39 pm

Thanks, please do. I planning a trip on the NCT through Manitisee May-ish of next year. Which means there is a bear canister (the first for me) in my future, I'm still leaning towards the long haul for that reason. Will pull the trigger between October and Christmas, and would certainly value the input if you buy and try sooner than that

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Post by paulbates » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:10 pm

I ordered my Long Haul today. SWD are very responsive, helpful and friendly. My torso measurement was on the edge of the longest offered, and they provided instructions for spec'ing longer version in the order notes. Probably get it in a month or so.

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Re: MI-based UL gear cottage industry!

Post by torpified » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:53 am

I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of a full-suspension 35L Superior, with loadlifters and shoulder pouches. I had the same experience with the customer service while ordering, and I'm looking forward to shouldering the merchandise!

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