Pureflight Gear

Back and Fannypack

"Formerly a pro athlete, I became tired of gear failing me in my world travels," said Daniel Audet, designer and manufacturer of Pureflight Gear," so I began making my own in the middle 80's." Audet had a friend whose father owned a huge company that happened to be looking for a designer. He convinced them that he would design and manufacture the toughest all-weather gear in the world.

Audet claims that his state-of-the-art materials are what separate his products from everyone else's. He told MO that many people are using his gear in everything from the sub-zero arctic to Mexican and African deserts to Central and South American jungles.

The Pureflight Gear backpack and fannypack are, not surprisingly, quite durable. Both are made out of Cordura nylon which is claimed to have exceptional resistance to punctures and tears. Additionally, the material is lightweight and easy to care for.

He told us to expect a lot from the new and improved gear, so I did. The first thing I noticed was the big zippers. Judging by the size and strength of them, they aren't likely to break anytime soon. He told us to expect a lot from the new and improved gear, so I did.

The backpack is spacious and offers plenty of room to fit almost anything. The bigger size was one of the new improvements to the backpack. Three pockets on the front add to the total room available. In fact, there were so many pockets, I didn't know what to put where. There was definitely room to carry all of my 8 school books, including the big biology book. If this backpack can handle carrying all my heavy books and goodies with ease like it did, then it can handle just about anything. The only problem is that, should you decide to place your helmet in the bag, there will not be much room for anything else.

The coolest feature was the padded pocket inside the backpack. The pocket is located against the back and is spacious enough to fit a laptop. The pocket is a new addition and it's double-padded specifically to protect fragile items such as laptops.

The shoulder straps are also contoured and padded for comfort. The purpose of the contour is to help the backpack stay on better and to provide more control, but it felt like it did just the opposite. Testers found that the curve of the straps made it sit on narrow shoulders uncomfortably, and it always felt like it was about to fall off. I thought perhaps someone with broader shoulders would have an easier time with it, but when Minime tried it on, he said it felt uncomfortable to him as well. Figures. Nobody in the office comes close to being built like a WWF wrestler, so what else could I expect?

As a passenger, the backpack was very comfortable and never budged. Minime tried it on to see how it felt while riding and reported that it was a bit inhibiting. When you hold the grips, your shoulders squeeze the wide straps into your chest and limit movement. Not enough to be dangerous, only constantly annoying.

Compared to the Jansport I normally use, the Pureflight Gear stands up pretty well. Still, I prefer to use the Jansport most days since the Pureflight Gear is too bulky for everyday tasks. However, the Pureflight Gear offers much more room, and I would opt to use it if I had to carry a lot of things, such as when I go camping, which is really what this pack seems purpose-built for.

I might also add that while it appears that the Pureflight gear is more durable than the Jansport stuff, they both offer lifetime warranties. What's right for you and your frame, manly or not-so-manly, purely depends on your preference of size and comfort. Still, a warranty such as this is a nice feature to have in your back pocket. Or on your back.

The Pureflight Gear fannypack was also very spacious. Its large zippers are the same as on the backpack and should prove to be just as durable. The front of the fanny pack sports a nifty little insulated drink holder and a small pocket for cell phones and other small items. With the amount of space this offers, you could pack everything you need for an overnight rendezvous and leave the back pack for more serious outings.

However, the fanny pack is a little too bulky for me to carry around my waist on a daily basis. I wouldn't mind taking it hiking, but even there I'd rather take a backpack.

Pureflight Gear offers both of these products in a variety of colors. The company also offers three other styles of back packs and two other versions of the fannypack.

Though Audet's claims seem a bit over-exaggerated, his gear looks like it should be able to stand up to the highest levels of wear and tear. And, with the lifetime warranty and some cool features, you might as well give it a shot. What could it hurt?

The back pack sells for $65.00 while the panny pack will set you back $38 bills.

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