J.A. Gear Backpack

J.A. Gear Backpack

Bradley, Tyson
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If you’ve been into an outdoor store any time lately, you’ve probably seen the plethora of backpacks being offered these days. Most of them seem to have more bells and whistles than any normal recreationist could possibly use. Forget all that when it comes to Bozeman-based J.A. Gear and their popular Action Pack. This high-speed, low-drag pack has all the necessities for any day hike, bike ride, or short off-trail ski trip. Built mainly with the slopes in mind, the Action Pack is a low-profile, bomb-proof nylon cordura pack that easily houses a shovel in the main compartment with room for a few extra layers of snivel gear. An internal zip pouch is perfect for that extra shot of GU or first aid gear. Three compression straps on the outside of the pack help to strap skis or any extra gear to the pack with minimal effort. The Action Pack is also great for biking. As a person who has ridden with a Camelbak for years, I found that the torso-length Action Pack is much better for all-around ease and comfort. I honestly forgot that I even had the pack on. The only complaint I had was the absence of an internal pouch or hook for some type of water bladder — I really didn’t care to take my pack off every time I wanted a drink.

Jim Schipf, owner of J.A. Gear, has been building "made to order" packs since 1988 here in Bozeman. Jim makes a wide variety of outdoor packs, the Action Pack being the smallest, that can handle virtually anything you could bring at them. The Action Pack is competitively priced at around $80 and can be purchased at Summit Bike and Ski or Ph.D. Skis in Bozeman. If you want a bigger overnight or expedition-size pack, contact Jim directly.
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