Summer has arrived and the second annual Boreas backpack adventure testing has begun! Tahoe Mountain Sports and Boreas Gear have partnered up to review the new Boreas travel packs, and we solicited gear testers all over the country to find the best-suited adventure travelers we could. It was tough picking – after all, we have a tremendous following of avid adventurers – but after two weeks of hunting we’ve narrowed it down to three candidates we believe will test their packs the best. Over the next few months our test team will be responsible for providing ‘real-world’ feedback on their chosen packs. In exchange for their help they’ll get to keep their packs for future adventures. Boreas Gear believes, “The best gear is neither complicated nor expensive yet as versatile as the person using it.” TMS believes we’ve found three versatile individuals to confirm these qualities in said ‘best gear’.
Introducing the 2013 TMS / Boreas Gear Pack Tester Team:
Dan Hutchinson – Erawan 70
As an avid traveler, mountain biker, hiker, boater, volunteer and student I have a demand for quality backpacks in my everyday adventures. I’m a stickler for functionality and versatility. This summer alone I will be traveling to South Africa to install solar panels at a local community college for my internship, hitting the main stretch of the Salmon River in Idaho and living out of a backpack/bag for the remaining months of summer while playing in and out of the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe area, including a couple of side trips to Downieville’s legendary single track.
Danielle Horton – Erawan 50
I’ll be traveling Australia’s east coast for four weeks then heading over to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands for an additional week of adventures. I would be taking the pack with me as I go hiking and rappelling in the Blue Mountains and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. I think this trip will be the perfect opportunity to test the pack’s light weight, durability and versatility as I take it on planes, trains, buses and boats.
Alex Von Der Mehden – Sapa Trek
I am an Eagle Scout in Troop 707 and we go on at least two trips per month in every kind of condition. Being that it is the summer, we have many more. When I am not on these trips I will be at home on my own adventures: free-ride mountain biking, kayaking on the Russian River, fishing, hiking, and having a blast, all with that pack on my back. I would be honored to put this pack through the paces of a summer of an Eagle Scout.
Throughout the summer these courageous testers will be embarking on grand adventures with their adventure travel packs, giving them the ultimate “real world” challenge. Will these Boreas backpacks hold up against the vigor of our gear testing team? Regardless of the outcome, this test will only help to improve the outdoor adventure industry. Stay tuned as the summer progresses and the testers return from their travels with feedback about their new backpacks.
Boreas Sapa Trek
Boreas Erawan 50
Boreas Erawan 70
Adam Broderick manages the web content at Tahoe Mountain Sports. When he is not in the office, he tries his best to be in the field doing something awesome.