Wanted: Gear Testers To Review New Boreas Travel Backpacks

Tahoe Mountain Sports and Boreas Gear are teaming up to get real feedback from users like all of you! We’re looking for three outdoor adventurers from around the country to travel with and hike, camp, bike, climb, use and abuse these awesome new travel backpacks. Testers get to keep the pack after they reviewed it!

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2012 tester Michael Detwiler took his Boreas pack all over the place.

What do you have to do to get a free Boreas travel backpack? Post a proposal on our Facebook page explaining which Boreas travel pack you think would be best for your adventure(s) and why you would test your pack the best, and we’ll select our favorites by June 6. Planning a two-week game of hopscotch across the Caribbean? Take a Boreas Sapa Trek along for the journey. Wear it as a pack, easily access all your goodies and save weight without compromising organizational features. Hopping trains from one hostel to the next across Europe? The Erawan 50 or the Erawan 70 could be your new favorite travel companion. They’re a new favorite duffle-style pack for international backpackers.! Pack choices will be subject to availability.

Threee selected testers will submit reviews (500 – 1,000 words) and at least three pictures of themselves using the Boreas Pack by August 6. Do this, and the pack is yours!

We’re working with Boreas to get the word out about their brilliant, award winning backpacking packs, daypacks and cycling packs. Last summer our focus was on backpacking backpacks and day packs. This year it’s the new Boreas travel line. If you’re not familiar with Boreas Gear, they recently set out to create functional, comfortable, clean (less bells & whistles) and reasonably priced backpacks for all sorts of different users: backpackers, cyclists, climbers, mountaineers and minimalists.

We recently sat down with one of the founders, Anders Johnson, to get an overview of their new travel packs.

First, the Boreas Erawan backpack:

Anders also showed us the Boreas Sapa Trek and the Boreas Ti Top day pack:

2012 Boreas Tester Anne Greenwood took the Boreas Lost Coast 60 Women’s pack on a multi-day trek in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Anne says “peace out” and hits the trail.

So you have some sort of example, here’s what Anne had to say about her backpacking pack:

The  large backpack is really comfortable. It breathes well and moves fluidly with me. I wish I could have pulled it closer to my shoulders with the upper shoulder strap stabilizer; the strap needs to be longer.

The hip belt is awesome although it tends to curl under itself. I had to pay attention to laying it flat on my hips before buckling it or it would fold under and annoy me. I enjoyed the pockets on the hip belt but the main buckle is just a little awkward, as it requires just a little more guidance than a standard 3-tie buckle. I loved the ability to pull both straps inward simultaneously to equally tighten the belt!

The back panel is super breathable. The wavy design and perforated foam helps the back panel breathe, not to mention is super comfy. I never got a sweaty back once during the trip!

The pack was ideal for a three-night trip. I schlepped it all over the place: long days on the trail, cross-country through willows, over granite and balanced on logs. It is really a great pack with a low profile and body-hugging morphism. It’s too big for day hikes but I think it may be too small for treks longer than 5 days. [At least the way I packed it.] Put a bear canister in there and it would be REALLY tight!

I really like the stretchy fabric component of this weekend pack. The hidden daisy chains are great and there were so many pockets! I loved the plethora of pockets in the top lid. The hip belt was really comfortable.  I also liked the pull “loops” on the zippers and tightening straps that made things easier to adjust.

I am sold on the trail pack. It really fulfilled all my needs and is comfortable, light, adaptable and manageable. The compression straps keep things tight and conforming. The stretchy fabric adds space where needed. I really like the hip belt for comfort and its lightweight attributes. It doesn’t have that heavy bulk that other backpacks require for the same amount of comfort, which is great. In closing, I would recommend this overnight pack to friends.

So…if you think you’ve got what it takes to put a new Boreas travel pack through the paces and give us good feedback, head over to our Facebook page and drop us a line!

Lost Coast Backpacking
Looking south along the scenic Lost Coast of Northern California.

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