Saturday, October 9, 2010



Words/Images Judith Ecochard

DEMO DAY @ Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow UTAH

Well we were beyond impressed with Mile High Mountaineering…a Denver based company launched recently by 2008 college grads--- that wanted to inject an edgy vibe into technical packs…with some added features deemed necessary but at that time MIA from the competition.

And this while lots of newly minted BA holders move back home without a clue.


Made of top materials--- with the main compartment made of durable 315-denier rip stop Invista Cordura Plus™ (FYI-primo & DWR treated), pop colored tough nylon, and the bottom fabric of thick 840-denier Invista Oxford Nylon.

The construction is innovative---as MHM packs are made for the ultimate fit whether for long hauls  (The Fifty-Two 80) or shorter jaunts (The Flatiron and The Divide for weekends). Lightweight (3lb 6oz-5lb.1)...helpful given the amount of gear/wear that can fit inside...and out, attached to the loops.ñ


MHM’s are equipped with a special “dual-stay sync A.C. Suspension ---a.k.a a Y shaped aluminum frame system that can handle the weight more efficiently, or a FLOW A.C. Suspension--- with a single aluminum stay that can be removed for scrambling…

… A “Back Hugger” Internal Compression System that helps one pack the pack and stabilize the heavy items snug vs the back…

…A ventilating BACKDRAFT Panel for comfort,

AND---what we were eyeing--- the dual pivoting and adjustable variCANT hip belts that assure a fit for women too because even the angle of the hip pads pivot…

An adjustable Rip N’ Pull Harness---for the ideal torso fit--- just by pulling the shoulder straps.


…Side loading compartments built in for stuff--- like sleeping bags,

...Easy access to main compartment via a vertical, water resistant zip.

…An added zip top compartment under the top lid that would eliminate our archeological digs for our car keys after a day on the trail,

…A hydration sleeve also underneath the top lid---on the side…for easy access to the water hauler,

…A clipable deployable accessory pocket on the side, with a hydration holster on the 52-80 and the Divide (no always ripping mesh)--- and an optional small Dryloc Bag that clips inside the pocket--- good for storing a digital camera or iPhone.


 ---AND we are pretty sure we weren't meaningfully contributing to our Social Security account--- our first year out of college.

INFO: $160-$299 ships March 2011.

GRIP SOCKS® managed to trick out many pairs of feet that we saw on Demo Day--- walking along the beach…

A neat idea that made us think why this light bulb moment /designed product hadn’t happened earlier on.


Easy to get on neoprene and Lycra® 3mm thick socks--- protect the ankles from gunk and annoying sand--- but are breathable…

A grippy tougher skin laminate sole (abrasion resistance) ---make these 'socks' ideal for boarding/rafting/boating water sports=== and works to hold fishing people along the shore when perched on muddy rocks awaiting the catch of the day.

Of course, also available in black…and blue.