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Indigo Equipment G-String Backpack ???

post #1 of 17
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Anybody know what ever happened to this company?  Looks like a great little product, but doesn't seem to be around anymore.  Anybody know for how long?

 

I suspect they may have gone out of business???  If so, one problem I can see is it looks like a lot of design detail and quality for $24.99.  Then Sierra Designs was blowing them out at $9.95 - ouch.

 

It seems like a product like this aggressively marketed to the exploding sidecountry craze would do well.  Were they maybe -

a. under-priced?

b. not marketed well?

c. before their time?

 

post #2 of 17

I own this model, actually, in green and black. Has worked fine, no issues about fit or worksmanship, and you can stuff it inside a parka pocket for lift served where you need to hike to a bowl or chute a ways away. I think they didn't sell because everyone is looking for packs to carry stuff for the backcountry apocalypse; we Americans aren't about minimalism. 

 

BTW, checked Sierra Designs, nothing. Are you sure that's the site, or are you referring to another Sierra Designs?

post #3 of 17

Probably Sierra Trading Post.

post #4 of 17

Nope, tried there too. Funny. I think he means a local bricks and mortar store. 

post #5 of 17

I have one also. Got it at EMS, but that was years ago.

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

BTW, checked Sierra Designs, nothing. Are you sure that's the site, or are you referring to another Sierra Designs?

 

You're right, my bad, I meant this on Sierra Trading Post

post #7 of 17
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My typical day at a large western resort would involve a couple hike-to forays. Last season I just shouldered them while everybody I was with had packs (it was Whistler, and I could see using a pack there), but my inefficiency was obvious.

 

But at Telluride or Taos I don't need nor want to carry a backpack around all day just for a couple hikes. Just extra weight and a hassle on the lifts.  A product like this or one that folded into a pocket or pouch would be ideal.

 

Most of the stuff I see out there now is single strap and totally marketed to beginners needing help to carry their skis through the parking lot.

 

I ordered this just to see how well it works. It was only $8 and will totally fit in a pocket if it even works for over the back carrying.

 

But I am thinking of making my own minimalist webbing only backpack style design.

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post #9 of 17

Indigo was based in Aspen.  They had some nice stuff, but only lasted a few years.

post #10 of 17
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You're right, my bad, I meant this on Sierra Trading Post

Ah, sold out. Didn't get the right words into the search engine before, I guess. 

post #11 of 17
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Indigo was based in Aspen.  They had some nice stuff, but only lasted a few years.

Yeah, I have the harness above, and a mini-backpack with ski straps, decent internal frame, they made. Got them on impulse at a big box sporting goods store years ago, have used each quite a bit. They had a go-light-and-fast design mission that didn't seem to mesh with the market. 

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This works for me...http://www.slidewright.com/mountain-goat-ski-tote-red-and-black.php

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Thanks Snowfan, that looks a lot like what I had in mind.  Based upon your recommendation, I think I'll order one.

post #13 of 17
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Thanks Snowfan, that looks a lot like what I had in mind.  Based upon your recommendation, I think I'll order one.

 

It is easy to use and very compact and light.    slidewright.com is owned by @Alpinord and has quality products at good prices.  Call first, there may be an epicski discount.

post #14 of 17
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It is easy to use and very compact and light.    slidewright.com is owned by @Alpinord and has quality products at good prices.  Call first, there may be an epicski discount.

 

Thanks, I know, I have a place up at Purgatory and have been by his place to pick up wax, tools, etc.  He's got everything - should have known to check his site for a product like this...

post #15 of 17

Function Snow Ultralight Ski Carry System.

 

Diagonal carry = more better than vertical carry for short resort hikes.  Deploys easy and small enough to fit in a  jacket pocket.   Kind of cool but pricy for $10 in webbing and hardware.  $39.

 

http://www.function-snow.com/product/02-ultralight-ski-carry-system/

 

post #16 of 17
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Thanks Snowfan, that looks a lot like what I had in mind.  Based upon your recommendation, I think I'll order one.

I have a ski tote and it works well. Rolls up to fit in to a pocket
post #17 of 17

These slings and such have kind of become obsolete now that extremely light rando race packs are available:

http://skimo.co/compare-backpacks

My personal favorite:

http://skimo.co/camp-rapid-260-pack

For less than 11 ounces, the pack is actually, well, a pack.

Plus you can easily attach and remove skis w/o taking your pack on & off.

With the pack empty, I could probably even roll it up small enough to stuff into a big pocket on some of my jackets.

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