Good things come to those who wait. Cilogear, a small Portland-based manufacturer of tough ultralight mountaineering and climbing backs was recently featured in the German version of Climbing Magazine (Klettern) (August 2018).
As the owner of a 40b worksack, I can vouch for their toughness and low weight. Best of all, once you figure out the strap system, they are easy to customize. For rain-free outings with low weight, I can easily leave the top separate for example. Here she is in the car and ready for a nice day trip in Germany.
Cilogear describes itself as a lean manufacturer, meaning nothing is ready to go off the shelf. Everything is made-to-order meaning you’ve got a lot of options to choose from and they’re happy to work with you to get just the pack you want. The trade-off is of course longer lead times but despite consumers being used to two-day prime shipping, sometimes good things only come to those who wait.
I recently contacted Metolius with a few questions about reslinging.
Do they resling in Europe?
Does shipping from here to the US make any sense?
If not, how long is the normal time because I’d have to do it while visiting
Could they give me longer extendable slings (like dmm’s etc)?
How about some free stickers?
Their answers were: 1. No reslinging in Europe 2. Shipping is a bad idea cost wise 3. 2 weeks or so but they could expedite under the circumstances. 4. Sadly no, because as they dont offer that option as a product, they aren’t certified to do the work 5. well, the image speaks for itself.
Here’s hoping they start selling cams over here and reslinging them as well. Just hope they don’t do it in Switzerland (like Arc’teryx does for all repair work).
Just found this new carabiner design on kickstarter. It’s not a notch or keylock. It’s a gumball, notcha sorta thing. It’s always nice to see new ideas out there though this would appear to have many issues ad discussed here and here.