PINCH FLAT DROPPER PACK
Pinch Flat designs and produces packs right in our backyard here in Bend, Oregon. They are customizable and hand made from XPAC material which is both wear resistant and waterproof. It has no official size listing, but it is somewhere between 2L and 3L. They come in several colors or you can custom order coloring of your choice. The zippers are all weather resistant and the top has a large shock cord for a jacket or extra bottle. The back of the pack can accommodate a map or SAM splint and the zipper pull has a whistle on it. It is more of a simplistic pack that doesn’t sport tons of nifty flip down pouches or compartments, but it does the job of holding the essentials well.
Small details like internal elastic loops and a large open pack design score the Dropper points in both organization and utility. We especially liked the option to carry a bottle in the main pocket or on top under the shock cord for those bottles that went through the dishwasher a few too many times and leak now. While the Dropper does not have cinch straps, it does have a large, dual adjust waist band that we found to be quite secure once we had the fit dialed in. Looks are what you make it, which is a great touch, but it is also the only pack we could find offered in XPAC black multicam, bonus points there.
We always like to support local, hand made goods and the Dropper is worth every dollar. It is made of ultra-high-quality material and you can call them up and talk right to Ben, who made the bag for you. While it doesn’t have a huge main pocket for tons of storage, we found it to be a nice small-medium size for everyday use on your local to shorter loops. It’s an expensive pack for what it is compared to others here in the mix, but you know that your money is being spent to support a small rider owned business and a guy who’s making products right here in Oregon.