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Archival Outdoor Life

Summer is passing but it is not too late to bring your campsite and camp wear up to the standards of the Outdoor Life Cyclopedia (1943). Friend Dave Baker brought this amazing sporstman’s guide to our attention. It offers practical advice on everything from training gun dogs to field dressing elk. My favorite sections address …

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Shopping From The Present

Archival Day Pack in Well Spent

Check out Well Spent’s latest High/Low post which presents an exemplary summer ensemble at two price points. Our Archival Day Pack in natural duck is featured as the low budget bag option.  Take a look: For full article, visit Well Spent   Our new Archival Day Pack comes in three 18 oz canvas duck options …

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Release – Archival Day Pack

Our Archival Day Pack is now available in our heavier weight 18 oz canvas duck.  Inspired by climbing packs from the 1970s, our Day Pack is a compact and convenient bag for everyday use in the city, at the University or on the trail. Designed for lighter loads, it’s smaller and more compact than our …

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Update – Archival Roll Tops

The Archival Roll Top is now available for Fall in two new canvas duck colors: olive and terracotta.  The Roll Top is a comfortable, roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in any conditions. Ideal for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone else who regularly faces the elements. Featuring a roll-top closure secured by …

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Restock – Archival Rolltop in canvas duck

Our Archival Roll Top in black and natural canvas duck is now available for pre-order from the Archival web shop. Our Archival Roll Top is a comfortable, roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in any conditions. Slightly larger than our Rucksack, the Roll Top is great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone …

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Premium Purples

Classic Dana Designs Bomb Pack from eBay (Mine is also purple, but a slightly different colorway) I always think of the Dana Designs packs which were called “Blurple” – a cheerful hue lurking somewhere between blue and purple – as being my favorite color ever for technical baggage. Since those aren’t available aside from eBay, …

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New Release – Archival Roll Top

Current color offerings – cobalt, natural & black Our Archival Roll Top is a comfortable, roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in any conditions. Slightly larger than our Rucksack, the Roll Top is great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone else who regularly faces the elements. Featuring a roll-top closure secured by …

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Shopping from the past: Kletterwerks

I’ve been a rabid Dana Designs fan since I started climbing in the early 1990s. I have a late 1980s Bomb Pack for which I traded a beloved Lowe Contour Mtn. 40 (another all-time favorite pack), and I also have a Hoodoo Spire which has seen serious use as a day hiker. I was lucky …

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Rolltop Review

I picked up a large Seal Line roll top backpack with my REI dividend. Made in the USA, it’s roomy and well-made. Since it’s made of nylon, many of the joints are welded rather than sewn, a bit unsettling but no doubt stronger than a stitch. While I loved the massive capacity and no-brainer roll …

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