Growing up in Colorado, it's difficult not to become an outdoor gear fanatic. I (Ben) was raised in hiking boots, and climbing harnesses, and saved my allowance to buy a neon yellow chalk bag. As I've grown older, my taste has become less eye-stinging, and more inline with classic American made designs with exceptional attention to detail like the Mariposa Deluxe daypack.
Our special edition Green and Blue colorway, and the down to earth elegance of the Mariposa remind me of my Dad's old green backpack. It wasn't a Rivendell (which didn't exist at the time), but it had leather anchor points, tan stitching, and the American made quality and feel of one. He hiked all over the Rockies carrying me in his backpack before I was old enough to walk, and it's a testament to the durability of Cordura, that I didn't gnaw my way through the fabric as a teething-babe.
Rivendell packs return to the classic American outdoors tradition of long wearing materials, leather detailing, and simplicity. This bag, the Mariposa deluxe, has a Teardrop shape that allows increased freedom of movement while fully loaded. With four leather bar-bell's on the top, and four on the bottom, you can easily lash a jacket, tarp, or (dare I say) yoga mat to the outside of the pack. The internal zippered pocket, keeps your valuables, discreet, organized, and safe from all-comers.
The Mariposa deluxe is just the right size for taking an extra jacket, some extension cords, a cordless drill, a tool roll and your lunch to the jobsite. The removable, internal foam back pad makes even lumpy loads comfortable, and the leather reinforced shoulder strap mounts are sturdy and classic. 11 oz Cordura fabric, #10 YKK coil zippers, and details like the double layer bottom panel, and 10 leather barbell attachment points make the Mariposa Deluxe a flexible solution to carrying tools, gear, or groceries. Rolls up to about the size of 2 wine bottles, and fits 6 six packs with room to spare... but please don't!
Available in 5 colors, including our exclusive Green and Blue colorway.
Made in Rivendell USA.
We look for the same things in a backpack that we look for in woodworking tools. The details of a design affect the way we use a product, and reflect the outlook of the designer, and manufacturer. We feel that there is an ethos of clean design, heritage, and quality craftsmanship that makes Rivendell Mountain Work's packs, and totes some of the finest produced today.
Rivendell Mountain Works (RMW) was founded by Larry Horton in 1971. Their iconic Jensen pack was widely copied, and pioneered the frameless "soft-pack" construction of contemporary ultra-light backpacks.
Rivendell Mountain Works also produced several other legendary designs, including the Bombshelter Tent, widely considered to be the strongest mountaineering shelter available.
In 1981 after ten years, Rivendell and Its iconic carved wooden sign were sold. The company went dormant until 2006 when Eric Hardee revived the brand, producing classic Rivendell designs like the Jensen Pack, on a custom basis, and developing a product line that now includes Day Packs, Waist Packs, Totes, and Accessory Packs. They still use Don Jenson's original blueprints for their heritage line of packs, and sew every detail by hand.
The packs made today by Rivendell Mountain Works are produced in what, Eric describes as micro-cottage production. Sewing and production is decentralized and done by small group of skilled craftsmen and women living in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.
When we first contacted RMW to discuss carrying their line of daypacks, Eric Hardee and I (Ben) connected over our love of DIY, and hand woodworking.
Eric and his wife built their home in Rivendell USA, where they still produce their famous packs and accessories. As we were emailing , he alluded to, and then sent me, a photo of his well worn hand tools arranged on a board in front of him and his wife. Between the two of them they hold a giant felling saw as they crouch in the mountain forest. She rests their child on her knee, and the three of them smile, as they prepare to build their home. The beautiful ambition conveyed by that photo is a feeling embodied by Rivendell Mountain Works.
What makes a pack top-notch isnï¿½t the gew-gaws attached to it, but simple rugged construction with easy access to the designs features. A great pack disappears on your back. The weight hangs correctly, you can find things without going insane poking in a million pockets, you don't worry that a pickpocket will get your valuables, The pack can take outside stuff tied on, and it's light,strong and simple without being flimsy.
The Mariposa and Lupine packs are two of the finest day packs made today. Their rugged construction features the same attention to detail found on Rivendells larger packs, and will last a lifetime.
||Mariposa Deluxe(this item)
||2050 cu. in.
||1300 cu in.
Width at bottom: 12.5"
Width at ss leather: 10.5"
Depth at bottom: 5.5"
Width at bottom: 12.5"
Width at ss leather: 6.5"
Depth at bottom: 5.5"
||Removable Foam Backpad,
Inner pocket, Haul Loop, 1" Waist Belt, Two Tool loops, 6 barbells
|Internal pocket, Haul Loop, 1" Waist Belt, 4 Barbells
||Double reinforced 11oz Cordura Bottom
||#10 YKK coil zipper
||Leather Reinforced Stress Points
||Green, Red, Brown, Orange, Blue