When your day job is making lifetime-quality backpacks, your standards for sewn goods get set quite high. That seems to be what happened when Rivendell Mountain Works designed the the bag'nsack tote.
These totes use the same materials and construction details found on Rivendell Mountain Works backpacks. The Leather Barbell attachment points, thick Leather straps, double layer bottom panel, and codura construction on this tote add up to the most monster-truck tote bag we've encountered. Carry bricks in it - carry tools - carry your kid - carry whatever you darn please - the bag'nsack is built to a standard beyond any tote we've encountered, and we think THAT is rather elegant.
The Bag'nsack holds 5 six packs, and rolls up to about the size of a wine bottle. Measures 13 by 6 by 16 and weighs 15 oz.
Available in 4 colors, including our very own Green and Navy 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.
||1240 cu in.
||Double reinforced Cordura Bottom
|Features:||Nylon bound interior seams, 8oz latigo leather straps for hand or shoulder carry.
|Notes:||Leather Strap, and barbells.
|Colors:||Green, Red, Brown, Orange, Blue|