Accompany me on a pay a visit to to the ultralight candy shop that is the HUCKEPACKS Workshop in Cologne, Germany!
Disclosure: Mateusz is a extended-time pal, but I paid this trip myself and was not paid to create this post or create the videos. I received a PHOENIX Lite for testing and providing feedback. As you know: I’m keepin’ it genuine and inform you how it is – I sustain complete editorial manage of the content material published on Hiking in Finland. Study the Transparency Disclaimer for extra data on affiliate hyperlinks & blogger transparency.
I try to remember the initial contact from Mateusz about the new business. I was backpacking in Vålådalen in September 2018, and was just at the gorgeous turquoise lakes obtaining a quick break when my telephone rang. I answered, and as usual Mateusz talked and talked and talked, till I had to inform him that I was about to continue hiking once more and would like to know what it is about. “Well, I strategy to open LAUFBURSCHE Gear once more. But it will not be known as LAUFBURSCHE any longer. What do you feel about the name HUCKEPACKS?” I like it, I answered, it connects effectively to the old brand. From then on forward my telephone would routinely ring and I’d chat for an half hour or longer with Mateusz about the new business and the new solutions.
Quickly forward to the summer time of 2019 and the household and me are on a train to Cologne. We have been travelling for two weeks about Germany, going to Berlin, my dwelling town and other locations, and now we arrived in the city with the cathedral. We stayed at a good Hostel in Ehrenfeld, and a single morning I was in a position to steal away from parental duties and pay a visit to Mateusz at his Workshop.
Now I have observed photographs of the workshop ahead of when close friends had been going to him, and it was with a great deal anticipation that I entered these “holy halls”. And astounding they had been certainly. I was welcomed by the 4 new packs – the PACKL and PHOENIX – in their DxG and Cuben versions, and Mateusz walked towards me with a coffee in hand. I gave him a huge hug and was pleased that he was nonetheless with us. He produced me a coffee, and then we sat down to chat.
It is often enlightening to sit and speak with Mateusz, and comprehend how a great deal believed he puts into the smallest of particulars. Case in point: The new roll-top rated closure of the PHOENIX backpack. Exactly where other businesses are pleased to use a attempted & tested roll-top rated, Mateusz discovered it neither sensible nor aesthetically pleasing. When he showed me the new roll-top rated closure, which folds and opens like an accordion, my jaw dropped. So uncomplicated, so gorgeous, so sensible, and such a intelligent continuation of the old HUCKEpack closure. And what is most astounding: He had this style currently in 2015, and tested it on his HRP thru-hike that year!
We shot two extra videos just after the Interview above, about the PHOENIX and the PACKL, drank a different coffee and talked about the launch of the business, backpacking, and a great deal extra. Sadly, and you most likely see this coming, parental duties known as and so, just after numerous hours, it was time to say fantastic bye to Mateusz and head back to the city, so I could play with the youngsters and we could go have some lunch with the household =)
I am so excited that my pal Mateusz not only won his battle with cancer, but that he decided to return to sewing the finest ultralight backpacks which he is effectively-recognized and loved for! A couple of weeks later I was fortunate adequate that a PHOENIX Lite pack arrived right here, which I made use of on a backpacking trip in Lapland, and I nonetheless am employing my old PACKsack routinely. If you are in the industry for a pack for each day use and Overnighters, or want a pack for extended backpacking trips, give the new HUCKEPACKS packs a fantastic appear! I for a single am definitely loving these packs, and want Mateusz all the very best with the new enterprise!
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