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Architecture for One

Mountain Lab: An Interview With Scott McGuire
"As a form of minor architecture," the resulting short article explained, "tents are strangely overlooked. They are portable, temporary, and designed to withstand even the most extreme conditions, but they are usually viewed as simple sporting goods. They are something between a large backpack and outdoor lifestyle gear—certainly not small buildings. But what might an architect learn from the structure and design of a well-made tent?" Amongst the group of people we spoke with that day was outdoor equipment strategist Scott McGuire, an intense, articulate, and highly focused advocate for all things outdoors.

posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 21, 2014 - 14 comments

One Strap vs. Two Straps

When Did Two-Strapping Get Cooler Than One-Strapping?
posted by mhum on Nov 1, 2013 - 168 comments

The Surprisingly Short History of Backpacks

The Surprisingly Short History of Backpacks
posted by ShooBoo on Dec 27, 2012 - 89 comments

The Amazing Contents of Steve Wozniak's Backpack

The Amazing Contents of Steve Wozniak's Backpack: I usually say that my backpack weighs 50 pounds. I'm not sure but I have to carry it every step through airports. I'm sure that I'm shorter now than before and I don't walk as fast. Everything has its place in my backpack.
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 17, 2012 - 123 comments

Backpack + Couch

Furniture designers, quinze & milan, team up with eastpak This mutant couch sort of looks like a life preserver jacket.
posted by la_scribbler on Mar 23, 2010 - 15 comments

Back to School, Bulletproof

Add this to your back to school shopping list.
posted by The Deej on Aug 11, 2007 - 73 comments

Bounce Your Load and Get Charged Up

Be. The. Battery.
A brilliantly simple concept will allow anyone who needs (a small amount of) power to generate their own just by walking around while wearing this special backpack. By mounting the pack's load on springs connected to a rack and pinion device that is, in turn, connected to a small generator, the wearer's natural walking motion can generate up to 7.4 watts of power. Plenty enough to keep your Nofriendo DS charged. Or your sniper rifle's night scope.

The bonus? By having the pack's load on springs, the backpack is more comfortable and ergonomic than a traditional backpack too.
posted by fenriq on Dec 8, 2005 - 40 comments

Like a Pepsi Blue coloured rollin' stone

It's a blog, a wiki, a todo list, a calendar. It's a place to keep and share your photographs and files. It's "Backpack" from 37 signals.
posted by seanyboy on May 5, 2005 - 33 comments

Well, that is one way of doing it

Backpack Nation has an interesting idea about helping out the third world.
The basic mission and strategy of Backpack Nation is to transform the world's dire political situation by sending individual travelers from the developed countries to serve as roving ambassadors to the world's less-wealthy countries.

posted by Karmakaze on Jun 10, 2003 - 50 comments

Don't climb the Andes without minutes on your cell phone.

Don't climb the Andes without minutes on your cell phone. A hiker is stranded in South America's Andes mountains when a blizzard begins. He reaches into his backpack for his cell phone -- only to find his prepaid minutes are up. Lucky for him the telemarketer called just then to sell him more time.
posted by elgoose on Jul 2, 2002 - 23 comments

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