Meet Epperson: Montana-Made Performance Bags

Epperson Mountaineering Large Climb Backpack - $180

Epperson Mountaineering packs are handmade entirely in Montana, each inspected individually to ensure they meet stringent shoulder-slinging standards. Constructed of 1000 Denier Cordura fabric, strong military-grade tubular webbing, and featuring seam-sealed insides, these packs are not only visual throwbacks, but they also hark on old-school quality and durability.

The clever main compartment’s closure system puts to use a rugged aluminum carabiner clasp, and the compartment itself features extra padding at the bottom to coddle whatever delicate things you’re taking along as you scale cliffs.

The bags are equipped with an abundance of pockets, and all sealed with YKK #5 zippers, as well as daisy chain loops on the front that allow for prodigious gear carrying — perfect for your commute through city streets, or for the next time you’re chased by a bear in the wilderness.

Nick Caruso is a backpack expert because he has a lot of baggage. Follow him on Twitter @thenickcaruso.