Growing up one of the best things about the fall was the back to school shopping. I went to a school where we wore uniforms (light blue button up shirt, dark blue pants) so new clothes were not something I got too hyped about, but just about every year we got to pick out a new Trapper Keeper, pencil case and a book bag. I'm pretty sure that tradition has played into me being such a bag junkie. (Working in the bike industry for the last 13 years has only served to compound the addiction.)
I can recall walking into The Bivoac in Ann Arbor, Michigan in about 1995 to order a custom Timbuk 2 bag. I wanted to go with the bag they had called Tag Junkie, but just couldn't get the cash together and ended up getting the next largest messenger bag they had. In 2000 I ruined my left shoulder and switched from messenger bags to backpacks which have allowed me to carry quite a bit more weight. Since then I've had a sucession of bags that include offerings from Mountainsmith, Vaude, Soma, and a couple different ones from Chrome.
Up until recently I was saving up my pennies for a Mission Workshop Vandal, but then the gentlemen from Blaq Designs moved into the Tin Shed. During an after hours beer drinking session, we decided to have them crank out a PDW/Blaq version of their Blaq Pack. About an hour ago Paul told Erik the bags were done, so we rolled over there on lunch and picked them up. Wow, these bags are huge! Every detail is well thought out and executed beautifully. If you are in the market for a new bag (or some toe straps) check out what these guys are working on. I'm looking forward to the next time I have to live out of a bag for a few days. Thanks guys!