Preview -- TrailFlex Modular Pack System

Preview — TrailFlex Modular Pack System

There are three steps to building a custom TrailFlex Modular Pack System: 1) Pick a base harness; 2) Add backpack; 3) Select your components. This build-a-pack design lets you customize a backpack for your body type and your sport, from bird watching to adventure racing to geocaching. The company, RMK Accessories of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, offers more than 20 attachable accessories that snap on and off via little knobs. . .

Inov-8 Race Pro 12 Pack

Inov-8 Race Pro 12 Pack

Inov-8’s new Race Pro 12 is an “elite lightweight hydration pack” made for trail running, cycling, adventure racing, and other off-trail excursions where speed is goal No. 1. Indeed, this pack weighs less than a pound when empty (15.5 ounces), and includes a minimal feature set: There’s about 12 liters of capacity in the main compartment; a large stretch mesh pocket on back; hip-belt pockets; reflective piping for nighttime visibility; and a nice harness system that hugs when you run. Oh, and did I mention the horizontal hydration bladder. . .

Gear Review -- Messenger Bags 2007

Gear Review — Messenger Bags 2007

I’ve been testing three messenger-style bags as of late, including an outdoorsy model from Gregory; the techy Ruckus by Pacific Design; and a large and strange orange waterproof sack from Cascade Designs, part of the company’s Urban line, which the press material says were created for “the performance-first bike messenger, or the young professional who isn’t quite the leather-briefcase type.” Indeed, I thought about lugging one along on a canoe trip. . .