- Buyer's Guide
The Carry Awards :: Hall of Fame Results
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.
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.
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.
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.