Our mission: to create packs that comfortably carry life's adventures.
We started with a vision of creating a functional, practical pack that used an elastic style webbing.
It needed to be elastic because elasticity is fundamental to how we move in our daily lives. Our bodies are constantly adapting to our environment through expansion, contraction, rotation, etc.
I saw how this principle was applied in backpack sternum straps and thought about ways to incorporate this into a pack.
Feeling inspired, I ordered buckles off Amazon and got some fabric from my local Michael's to get started.
Using very crude methods and some elastic bands I had on hand, I came up with this design:
The webbing was difficult to adjust. You had pull it backwards towards the central ring to tighten.
- It was hard to put on. You either had to slip it over your head like a T-shirt or disconnect the buckles on one side and put it on like a jacket.
It used ladderlocks and regular webbing which defeated the point of using elastics.
- The phone holder was exposed and didn't work every time.
The first problem I attacked in the next prototype was the adjustment method.
While testing out different elastic webbing designs, I figured out how to make the shock cord adjustable by forming a loop around a keyring and closing the loop using a cordlock.
After listening to more feedback, we started including add-on options to our "Build Your AthletiPack" Page.
Top left to Bottom Right: Doggie Bag Dispenser, Reflective Tape, Ventilation Panel, Pen Holder
Please note that we are always looking to expand our add on options, so please reach out to us if you have ideas to satisfy the carry needs for your specific niche/use case.
The Future of AthletiPack
We are in the process of scaling production in our workshop in Suffolk, Virginia. We've built up a stock and gotten our lead time for custom packs down to 4 to 7 days.
We're signed up to participate in various craft fairs, farmers markets, and trade shows throughout 2023.
Behind the scenes, we're working on bringing Mass Manufactured AthletiPacks to market mid to late 2023. Sign up for our newsletter to stay posted on our Kickstarter Launch!
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AthletiPack at the Blox
I’m Trent Hughes, Founder of AthletiPack.
AthletiPack began with a vision of creating a comfortable, all purpose pack that used an elastic webbing.
I started the journey in 2020 by gathering fabric from my local Michaels and ordering buckles from Amazon.
Using very crude methods and elastic bands I had on hand, I came up with the very first prototype of the Elastic Webbing:
First Elastic Webbing Prototype
It was a pain to put on and there were no ways to adjust tension, but it was a start!
I listened to feedback and continued to change the design. After lots of testing, we came up with our core elastic webbing systems with shock cord & ring adjustment system.
With our core webbing designs sorted, it was time to start making packs!
With help from my mentor Matt, I spent the next few months learning about pattern design, materials selection, and of course sewing. Since then, we’ve created the AthletiPack (Regular, Lite & Tactical variations), Travel Pack, and our Running Backpack.
Our Team of 3 has made over 200 Packs & Counting!
Located in Suffolk, Virginia, we pride ourselves on creating high-quality Custom backpacks and outdoor gear. We began selling backpacks in 2021 and still remain a small passionate team dedicated to never compromising the quality of our materials or designs.
At AthletiPack, we are committed to rebuilding communities, fostering skill development, and creating high paying sewing jobs right here in the USA.
AthletiPack at Lakefest 2023
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