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Hall of Fame – The Carry Awards

by , December 21, 2012

So now we’re down to the classic stuff, the carry gear that has helped really shape our industry. We could try to invent an exact formula for Hall of Fame nomination, but I think we’d be kidding ourselves.

Basically, it comes down to respect and influence.

These should be the carry pieces that just worked. They connected with customers in a new way. They opened up new markets, new ways to carry, or just got it right in a way no-one had before.

Let us know which piece you think should be immortalised in our Carry Hall of Fame…

PAC Designs Pro Series Messenger

From a humble base in Ontario, Pat McGibbon has since 1989 quietly contributed more to the messenger bag than probably any other. The Anti-Sway strap (that third arm stabilizer any good bag uses), D Ring adjusting (the quick main strap resize trick), X-straps, tarp sandwich constructions, and ballistic bottoms. Her Pro Series bags have been the flagship for these features, and have been embraced as core tools of the job by an army of couriers.

Fjällräven Kånken

This totable backpack has since 1978 hauled millions of school books, countless squashed bananas, and worn almost as many nicknames (including “the Communist Hunchback”). It was designed to balance the load for children, who were being tilted by the prevailing satchels of the time. Over 3 million Kankens later, we think it can be considered to have succeeded, and is very worthy of your vote.

IKEA big blue bag

Yeah, this might seem weird, but think about it. These are sold around the globe for about a buck, they haul shopping, clothes, work gear or kids. They have 2 perfectly sized handle options, hold up to abuse, and are cheap enough to have everywhere (so they’re always in reach). Oh, and they have cult sites dedicated to them. Sounds like a Hall of Famer to us.

Dakine Heli Pro

Designed in the late 90’s, the Heli Pro helped define the category of technical snow daypacks. Its slim silhouette allowed freedom of movement, its external pockets where shaped to suggest what lived in them, and the whole package just looked impressively dialed. Not only did this pack quickly start appearing on mountains around the globe, it also became a badge of membership on college campuses and city streets. There have been small refinements made since, but the core of the pack still remains one of the best looking snow packs available. Heck, one of the best looking packs of any kind.

Voting has closed and winners have been selected. Check out the winners here. 

  • http://www.danielvalsesia.com Daniel

    This is very difficult choice ! all these products have strong heritage

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  • lumberjake

    I’m a very proud owner of a Pac Ultimate. There have been many who have copied her designs but none seem to have the complete package that a Pac Ultimate has. Frankly, I’m surprised that not many have caught on to her specific attachment points for the main strap. So many out there with the straps either coming directly off the top corners or that “ear design that Seal Line use or the worst T2 design. All of these fail to have a bag that literally hugs your body securely no matter the load. Pac do have attachments to the corners but they are suspension straps which are adjustable. This design also helps keep rain from creeping in the open corners pulled away from the lid. The Ultimate is just perfect , and while some are turned off by the price they don’t realize that whatare all extras on other bags are included like, back pad,extra pockets inside, envelope divider, ballistic bottom, X strap,compression straps, 3D exterior pocket with inner zippered pocket. Plus its not bare tarp on the inside but another layer of pack cloth to prevent wearing the waterproof tarp out. Her main strap adjustment system has to be the best, it just works so smoothly and easily with simple tugs. Some systems are a huge pain with either too much friction or are a 2 hand operation. I also like that the bag is shaped like a box with large velcro strips on the sides as well as the front and a strip across the large lid to keep it covering everything and not just the front. Clearly shows this bag was perfected through real world use over many years.


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