Berkeley-based SlingFin is known for making the strongest tents on Mount Everest, and their first entry into backpacks, the Honey Badger, carries their strength-driven design ethos into the EDC realm. The pack was originally inspired by the durable, reusable cases SlingFin made for transporting their tents by yak to Everest Base camp. Perhaps, the most visible difference from normal bags is that the Honey Badger isn’t made of fabric. It’s built from a custom vacuum-formed translucent HDPE plastic and a self-reinforced woven polypropylene, both of which have much better durability and abrasion resistance than traditional fabrics.
The Honey Badger can be used as a bicycle pannier, and for those who commute at night, an LED (or even your phone’s flashlight) will light the whole thing up to make you visible to drivers. Want more straps? You can melt or cut holes in the shell and add them. The material is waterproof, but the pack can be ordered with a liner bag to keep your gear dry even when submerged. An optional laptop sleeve is suspended inside the pack body and accommodates computers up to 15”. The SlingFin design team tested the pack by dragging it behind trucks, dropping it out of a plane, and pulling it up El Capitan. With durability like that, it’s surprising that this beast weighs a scant 2lbs. The pack is available for pre-order on Kickstarter until December 15.
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