To my delight, readers keep sending in footage of customized or no-longer available outdoor fabric packs, satchels and shoulder bags. I’m going to post as many images as possible, for future reference, and to inspire current bag makers to bring back some of these lost designs. Scott H. forwarded along photographs of his robust, canvas and leather Mackenzie Mountaineering pack. Scott is the original owner of the bag, purchased, he says, in 1977 from Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis. Of this bag, he writes:
Originally it had a waist belt too, but my wife cut them off: too many straps dangling in the wind. All that leather on the bottom, with the grommets, I can only think that was meant as the point to attach your crampons when not in use? I’ve searched the internet, and eBay (for five years) and have never turned anything up about this manufacturer.
If you have additional notes or comments about Mackenzie brand packs (brand history, models, catalog images, additional pack photos), please email me or post them to the blog.