As mom and I sorted through the house and boxes for donation centers started to pile up in the garage, we also took a trip down memory lane. Hanging in the closet was that 40-year old blue canvas backpack. Despite having seen decades of adventures, it was still in great shape. Spacious and sturdy, “Big Blue” didn’t have any of the bells and whistles of today’s backpacks, but after years of use is still in good shape. My own kids and I have started using it again on our hikes and outings, to nearby Chatfield Reservoir to go horseback riding and stand-up paddle boarding, on the trail to Maxwell Falls and Gem Lake near Rocky Mountain National Park. Since it’s basically a canvas shell, it’s lightweight enough that my 8-year-old daughter can carry it with her water bottle and a couple of snacks inside.
As times have changed, so have the necessities we travel with. Today’s outdoor gear has come a long way from the 1970s and Eagle Creek continues to provide top of the line products like the Wayfinder backpacks. Made from recycled and sustainable materials, its lightweight and features a place to stash everything from your iPhone and sunglasses and has ergonomic, adjustable straps. It has a breathable mesh pouch to store wet rain jackets, a loop to attach a bike light, a side stretch water bottle holder, a place for all your tech stuff, from laptop to cords and power banks, a place for pens and a laptop (go, digital nomads!)—it even features a safety whistle.Pretty sure it has room for a sandwich and a roll of toilet paper, too.
Despite the advances in the way we carry our things, one thing that hasn’t changed in our family is that inherent sense of adventure. We’ve been to the shores of Lake Michigan, floated over Snowmass in a hot air balloon, gorged ourselves on green chile in Pueblo, been to a Native American pow-wow, gone dog sledding in Buena Vista, and soaked in a natural river hot spring—and that’s just this year so far.
The world is a big place to explore, and I’m trying to instill that same sense of adventure and wonder at everything the world has to show us to my kids—and Big Blue and our new Wayfinder will be a part of making those memories.
Wayfinder Backpack 40L
Global Companion 40L Women’s
Wayfinder Backpack 30L
Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):
Product Spotlight: Wayfinder Collection
The Power Of The No Matter What™ Warranty
The Ultimate Packing List For Camping Beginners