Day 2 started the same as Day 1, with a short drive from the hotel and a long walk to the Salt Palace. The best part of the walk is making it to the Palace and being greeted by an ice cold High Brew coffee. They have been handing them out like hot cakes and the "Black" flavor is right up my alley. Plus they are surprisingly healthy.
I am going to toss Mystery Ranch in today's piece as well. After writing yesterday's post I realized I missed a few awesome packs I wanted to write about. I went back today and made sure I got all the details. The first pack is the brand new EDC based "Daily". After talking to many of the reps with MR I found out that this is going to be their go to for the EDC or Campus/Office pack. The pack has a dedicated padded laptop sleeve, front fleece lined sunglasses pocket, front admin pocket with a tablet sleeve, stretch side water bottle pockets, and side compression straps. Think of it as the Mystery Ranch version of the North Face Surge. It will come in Black, Green and Blue for now and will be released spring 2017. I will be getting my hands on one before release for a full in-depth review.
The next "pack" I wanted to see more of was the new Mission duffle. They will also be spring 2017 and will come in 40L 55L and 90L. The duffles have tons of features including storable shoulder straps, shoes/dirty clothes pockets, handles on either side, Large YKK water lined zips, and plenty of inner pockets. I will be working to get this duffle as well for a pre-release review.
I spent a ton of time at the Mystery Ranch booth today meeting with almost everyone there including the legend himself Dana. Throughout my conversations, there was talk about trying to incorporate their EDC or Office packs features into the look and feel of a pack like the 3DAP. This is in no way set in stone however, they made it clear they have heard from many people and are listening...
The last pack at the MR booth was their brand new "Stein" trail pack. It is by far the best looking and feature rich hiking pack I have seen from Mystery Ranch. Again, should be getting this one to test out. The best feature of this pack and one they are really trying to highlight is the ability to attach a smaller "daypack" through their yoke and give the ability to transform to a smaller pack once you are to camp.
I finally stopped by the ENO booth and was greeted with a new set of patterned hammocks which is new for ENO. The two I really liked were the digital camo patterns. I did not get a release date for these although they should be soon.
Kelty has a few new packs coming early next year as well. My favorite part of the new line of men's hiking packs from Kelty is that they backed away from the bright and shiny colors of last years Redwing and gave some very impressive color ways. The Revol pack is new to the Kelty line and features the Kinesis hip belt. This belt allows each side to move independently to allow for maximum comfort while on the trail. My favorite part is still the green and black colorway with the brown accents.
Finally a non-backpack item I got to play around with today. The Mojo Bluetooth speaker that can literally do it all. This thing is a Bluetooth speaker, Flashlight, phone charger, and it will charge up using pure solar power. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one for review and will be doing a full in-depth review on it. For now, I will leave some pictures until I test it more.