Bag lovers unite! If you’re anything like me, you believe it is completely normal to have a closet dedicated to just bags. Bags for the trail, bags for the lake and river, bags for traveling, so on and so forth. While many purpose-built bags and packs have become one of my key pieces of gear, these three hold a special place in my heart. Here are three bags made by Colorado companies that are worth checking out!
Topo Designs 30L Travel Bag, Denver CO
Need a bag while traveling by train? Maybe plane? Heck, you can even go by automobile! This pack fits everything you need for a week on the road – and then some!
The Topo Designs 30L Travel Bag has enough pockets and zippered storage areas for all your clothing, electronics and some gear while not going overboard on compartmentalization. It can pass as a carry-on, features grab handles and backpack straps for easy transport and it’s made of durable materials to handle just about anything traveling throws at it.
Best of all, Topo offers a “bundle” option for the serious road warriors out there!
Mountainsmith Classic Tour (Heritage Edition), Golden CO
More than just a fanny pack, the anniversary edition of the Mountainsmith Classic Tour will quickly become your favorite everyday bag. The hip back (with additional shoulder strap) features a roomy main compartment, an internal zippered pocket to keep cash/essentials safe, two spacious bungie bottle holders, a front zippered pocket and bottom panel compression straps and front bungees to stow extra layers/trekking poles/other essentials.
Ready to carry whatever you need for a day on the trail, fishing the river, at the office, or with the kiddos, this pack has been a go-to for many for 40 years!
Oveja Negra Chuckbucket, Salida CO
If biking is your jam, the Chuckbucket might be your new favorite two-wheeled-rig bag of choice. Made in Colorado by a skilled Salida team, this bag will become a staple on all your bikes – from town cruisers to trail bombers.
While it’s designed to fit a 1L Nalgene bottle or 40oz Kleen Kanteen, the handbag/stem bag can easily carry a mix of small cameras, snacks, extra tubes, cell phone, or any other essential you’ll need on a bike. The Chuckbucket is made of tough fabrics and features the aforementioned main compartment as well as a roomy hook-and-loop side pocket for smaller essentials.
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