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SlingFin's Honey Badger Pack and Pannier;
Derek Mitchell's New Store.

Hi all,

First, Bay Area folks: Derek Mitchell, veteran of various local outdoor companies, has opened a retail store in San Rafael.  

His aim is a unique atmosphere combing new and repurposed gear, lots of advice and information, and becoming a valuable resource to the North Bay outdoor community. He's right on the main drag at 1407 4th Street...a perfect place to stop on your way to Samuel Taylor, Pt Reyes, and dozens of places to hike and bike.

Derek is planning a Grand Opening in early November. Follow him on Facebook for details.

Second, SlingFin's Honey Badger Pack and Pannier in a much improved version is going back on Kickstarter on Monday 10/16.

Scroll down a bit for feature details and pictures
  • Launch Party: drop by SlingFin at 5th and Gilman on 10/16 for beer and pizza if you're local.
  • Facebook Users: there's a new private Facebook Group you're invited to join to talk SlingFin gear or outdoor nerd talk in general.
  • More info from SlingFin on the Honey Badger 
  • A link to the Honey Badger Kickstarter page will show in both those two locations as soon as the page is finished.
As most of you know, I'm a big fan, supporter, investor, nudge, monkey, etc, of SlingFin...all because of my love of tents above all gear and my appreciation of Martin's deeply thoughtful approach to design.

I'd be grateful if you could spare a little attention to checkout this unique design. I've been using an early prototype on short backpacking trips for the last 5 years and have found it lives up to its promise. It has become my favorite pack.

Hail Xaos,

Pictures below.

Immediately below is a shot of Derek's store. Looks like a great place to stop and get outing ideas! Honey Badger info below that.
SlingFin's Email to their List Subscribers

What is the The Honey Badger?
        Some of you may remember this:

We've evolved!

Here's the ready-for-prime-time easily modifiable, DIY-friendly, and nearly indestructible pack, designed to last through years of heavy use and abuse.

Improved for Urban Use.
  • Easy conversion into a bicycle pannier, providing a hassle-free way to carry the bag on your bike.
  • Light it up! Urban safety while biking and strolling. The translucent shell material can be illuminated by LEDs (or even a phone flashlight) placed on the inside of the pack, which makes the wearer extremely visible when riding in low-light conditions.
  • An optional laptop sleeve is suspended inside the pack, instead of being integrated into the body, which protects your laptop from impacts in case the pack is dropped and allows it to be removed and used by itself.
Internal Dry Bag is now a Functional Pack
  • While the pack body itself is very weather-resistant, it ships with a waterproof roll-top inner dry bag for fully waterproof protection in adverse weather. 
  • This makes it ideal for commuters and messengers who are out no matter the conditions.
  • The dry bag comes with its own shoulder straps so it can also be used independently of the outer shell. You get two bags in one!

Still Great for Backcountry Sports. Give Your Pack a Personality.
  • Incredibly durable and abrasion resistant. Built for decades of service.
    • The Honey Badger will outlast traditional packs by a wide margin.
    • Its unique construction technique means that all its parts can be easily repaired or replaced. 
  • Unique external shell provides support for attached gear.
    • Fights above its size due to ability to attach gear to outside of pack without distortion of discomfort.
    • The body can be modified by melting or cutting holes in it.
    • The user can add straps wherever they see fit and customize the pack to suit their needs. 
  • Works well as a climbing pack.
    • The integrated daisy chain provides an abundance of places to clip gear and clothing.
    • Sharp pieces of gear won’t poke the user in the back when stored inside the pack.
  • Can be made visually unique with stickers, paint, oil markers, etc.
  • A magnetic, auto-closing buckle facilitates easy one-handed opening and hands-free closing of the pack lids..

We've been using the the Honey Badger in every situation we can think of, pushing its limits and testing possible uses. (See more on Facebook.) We hope you find it as exciting as we do. It is truly a unique way to build a pack and has opened a range of possibilities that we are still exploring.

Making gear as tough as you are,
The SlingFin Krewe


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