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Carry Awards

The Carry Awards :: Hall of Fame Results

by , March 6, 2014

1st Place

Kriega R20


Not only did the Kriega equal JanSport for public votes, it won the hearts of enough panel folk to be our Hall of Fame winner for this year. While there’s no denying the incredible influence of JanSport’s panel-loading pack design, it’s the Kriega that we feel has the most relevance to carry today. Kriega have two of the earliest and best examples of ‘active harnesses’, with packs that can bend and twist with you no matter how excited you get on a bike. This is a tiny powerhouse of a brand, with loads for our whole industry to learn from.


Highly Commended 

These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honour, we bow our heads in the upmost respect and kudos. If this were a dias, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And I’m sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.

JanSport Daypack


There is no doubting the enormous influence of the early JanSport panel-loading backpacks. From better access for books and papers, to the simplification of a backpack to its essential form. The JanSport has become a staple in the same way t-shirts have, peppering every college and university hall still to this day. And throw in the love it gets from the hip-hop community and this pack undeniably falls into the ‘classic’ category.

Rivendell Mountain Works Jensen Pack


There is an unexpectedness to the Jensen that feels just as fresh today as it did all those years ago. The cushiony silhouette announces the pack’s lack of hard structure, the two-column construction suggests vertical weight transfer, and those barbell lash tabs mirror the overall theme. This is a pack for lighter loads, freer movement, and purity of concept that most brands could learn a lot from.



  • http://www.chookscratch.com/ d4g6k11

    You can’t fit much into the R20. I prefer the R30. It’s still a snug fit with loads of space if you need it. But quality wise you can’t go wrong with Kriega full stop. Great brand with fantastic bags.

  • Chris

    Should have named it “Haul of Fame”

    • cx714

      Yes! “Haul of Frame” for packs with stays.


  • http://revzilla.com RevZilla

    Kriega R25 is the staff favorite over here. -CK

  • tarun

    I’d be much more interested without the logos.

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  • wbarrettpowell

    Ogio No Drag. Best hands down.


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