Friday, November 4, 2011
Tough Traveler - Patrol Padre Backpack.
Located in Schenectady, NY, Tough Traveler has been making tough as nails bags since 1970. With hundreds of bags and colours to choose from, the combos are endless. I found out about them when I preemptively picked up an one of their baby carriers at a thrift store for $2. US made, looks sturdy and comfortable...why not!? Then I got home and did a search and found that they were still in business and the baby carriers are quite popular in the hiking community. Also they apparently are in the business of making every kind of bag under the sun. From bike bags, to musical instrument bags, camera bags, backpacking bags, luggage, wallets and purses just to name a few. One of my favorites is the above Patrol Padre, made for ski patrol. I love how each pouch is made of a different colour nylon, to avoid confusion of where supplies and equipment are stored if you are rushing or telling someone where to look. That aside it also adds to the eye catching appeal as a pack. At $390 its up there in cost, however most items that deal with safety and rescue tend to be a tad more expensive then general use items. Check out Tough Traveler, as they have some unique items and they construct solid bags at really reasonable prices.
Take a look at their massive collection here.