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Worth consideration: Flex Capacitor Pack named “Top Gear Pick” of 2016 by Gear Junkie

By Andrew Skurka / January 3, 2017 /

Last week Gear Junkie named the Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack a “Top Gear Pick” of 2016. Read their recap and their full review, and/or scan other products that made their cut. If you’re in the market for a new pack, or if you regularly recommend models to others, I genuinely believe that the Flex Capacitor is…

Long-term gear reviews: Product insights after a 100-day Appalachian Trail thru-hike

By Garrett Workman / September 26, 2016 /

Intro by Skurka. After his recent 100-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Garrett contacted me with some gear reviews, some about products I have written about previously. I thought his insights were valuable, due to his extensive use and to his unbiased viewpoint, and asked his permission to share them. If you have questions for Garrett, leave a comment.…

New release: A pack for the future

By Andrew Skurka / September 25, 2016 /

The Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack is now available for pre-order. Expected ship date is October 4. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ve been hearing about the Flex Capacitor for months. If you need to get caught up, here is some recommended reading and viewing: Seven reasons it stands out…

How-to || Pack a backpack: Load distribution, organization, waterproofing, & canisters

By Andrew Skurka / September 20, 2016 /

When packing my backpack, I have two primary goals: Minimize its effect on my center of gravity, and Keep oft-needed items easily accessible so that I can hike uninterrupted. I’ll start by discussing these goals in-depth. Then, I will address special considerations like bear canisters and backpack styles. Center of gravity When not wearing a…

Interview with Ursack CEO: Yosemite food regs, lobbying, & new products

By Andrew Skurka / September 20, 2016 /

Among bear-resistant food containers certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the Ursack S29.3 AllWhite is easily my favorite. It weighs just 8 oz, or 80 percent less than my BearVault BV500, which has the same volume. It’s also $10 less. And, Unlike plastic or carbon fiber canisters, it’s soft-sided and collapsible, and as comfortable to…

Room for improvement: Self-critique of the Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack

By Andrew Skurka / August 31, 2016 /

Recently I highlighted seven standout specs and features of the Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack. Today, I’ll do nearly the opposite: identify its imperfections. Since I co-developed the Flex Capacitor with Sierra Designs, naturally I want to see strong sales of it. But I also want prospective buyers to understand its optimal applications and…

Sales Pitch: Seven reasons the Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack stands out

By Andrew Skurka / August 29, 2016 /

Earlier today I filmed the product video for the new Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack, which with the High Route Tent 1FL currently constitutes SD’s “Skurka Series.” To develop my script, I had to prioritize and succinctly describe the pack’s must-mention specs and features. Later I’ll write a self-critique, as I did for the High Route, but for…

Be the first to know: Flex Capacitor Pack updates

By Andrew Skurka / August 25, 2016 /

Several readers have asked how they can be notified when the Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack becomes available. If you want to be put on this list, too, please complete the form below. As of late-August, we’re expecting a limited run of FC packs to become available in October. They will be available directly from…

Reviews & commentary: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack

By Andrew Skurka / August 25, 2016 /

As third-party reviews and commentary about the Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack gets posted, I’ll be compiling them here. User reviews at SierraDesigns.com For reviews from “regular” users, go here. Gear Junkie 2016 Gear of the Year We tested it, and not only does the pack expand and contract to maximize uses, but it…

Teaser: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack

By Andrew Skurka / August 3, 2016 /

In news coverage this week from the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, you may hear about two Sierra Designs products with which I’ve been deeply involved: the High Route Tent 1FL and the Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack. The High Route Tent 1FL (HR1) was my brainchild and is nearly old news if you regularly read this website. A 110-unit early…