Don’t let the unassuming appearance fool you – the Tahquitz Pack and Cabrillo Dry Bag by BE Outfitter has more tricks up its sleeve than Penn and Teller. Available in two sizes – 35 litre expanding to 38, and 40 expandable to 43, and two colours – Midnight black and Heather grey, it’s constructed of 400D cordura nylon, waterproof zippers and magnetic snap-lock closures.
The strength of the Tahquitz is not what you can see, but what you can’t. It features a hidden stash pocket – and we do mean hidden, for important items such as cash, a passport or mobile phone. Robust daisy-chain webbing can be used to clip on carabiners for carrying other essentials, sternum straps also include a reservoir tube holder, with the reservoir itself able to be stored inside in a dedicated pocket that also doubles as a compartment for a 15” laptop. Hideaway hip straps offer extra support for serious trekkers, and a hidden stretch mesh water bottle pocket rounds off an impressive bag of tricks.
This is a clear example of a product being designed by the people who actually use it. The range of time and hassle-saving touches here – such as easy access ¾ zip side entry and the fidlock magnetic snap closures, not to mention the range of compartments, means just about everything should be easily accessible without unnecessary unpacking. BE Outfitter also offers the Cabrillo dry bag – a 7.5 litre bag made from high tensile nylon with a moulded foam insert that’s just the right sort of size for a DSLR camera and a couple of accessories. Handily, this bag can be stored at the bottom of the main bag and accessed independently via a separate compartment.
It’s a clear case of form embracing function – and no surprise to see that BE Outfitter’s Kickstarter campaign has already smashed its goal.