By David Massey
Mission Workshop is a San Francisco based company owned by cycling enthusiasts making high end products for cycling and active lifestyles. Their gear is by no means for cycling only, but they test their products against the demands of the road and the road can be rough.
Find a lightweight, weather resistant, hydration compatible day-pack around 10L. I settled on a pack by Mission Workshop called The Hauser, which is part of the ACRE Trail system. I chose the smaller 10L instead of the 14L.
According to Acre Supply’s website: The Acre Trail System is a collection of bags and apparel that “balances the need to climb light and fast with exceptional durability and weather protection.”
In my experience, the reason gear fails is poor construction, poor materials and poor design. This pack excels in all three areas and with “balance”.
Seams and zippers are well considered. No loose threads to be found on seams and the seam edges are wrapped. Zippers are solid YKK urethane coated water-tight, they haven’t gotten caught on me yet.
“Ultralight” seems to be the buzzword in packs these days and the Hauser keeps up with the times with a “Dimension-Polyant 210D nylon VX ripstop with waterproof laminate”. It has a subtle diamond pattern and it’s smooth to the touch yet seems quite durable. This pattern gives it a subtle flair, but is very subdued. I opted for black because it’s low profile and the webbing doesn’t stand out. The other colors have contrast black webbing which looks sharp, but I didn’t care for. It also comes in MultiCam, Grey and a Dark Blue.
The Hauser is a result of thinking outside the box and a testament of Mission Workshop’s dedication to bike culture and infinite hours in the saddle. They have been making messenger bags and accessories for those that live life on two wheels for years, so you know they have thought of everything.
One of Mission Workshop’s signature design aspects is multiple configurations for different users. You can run this pack with the top flap rolled up and secured (the more waterproof option), or run it more like a ruck-sack, with flap down and attached to clips.
The shoulder straps are part of a back yoke made of a mesh and honeycomb padding that is attached to the pack itself at the top and bottom leaving the middle of the yoke open so your back stays cool. I’ve never seen this design employed anywhere else and even if you have the pack loaded up, every time you move you allow fresh air in to ventilate your back. The shoulder straps have molded plastic clips for hydration tube management. The pack is very comfortable under moderate loads.
The design features a few custom strap configurations for users of different shapes and sizes. Waist straps and shoulder straps can be adjusted at your sides where they meet the pack in four different configurations.
There are four external pockets for gear. The largest is a vertical pocket on the front of the pack that I presume was designed to be home of the mesh tool roll that is included.
Another pocket at the bottom holds the extra straps that can be deployed to carry things like a helmet or an extra jacket (see main image above).
The last two pockets are for smaller items like keys, wallet, glasses, flashlight, nutrition, etc. The main cargo space, measuring in at 19” x 7.25” x 2.5”, is large enough for whatever you’re bringing for the day like a change of clothes or your lunch. There is a separate zippered pocket for a hydration bladder up to 3L that opens up in full clamshell.
The tool roll is an added bonus. If just going the EDC route you can always just use the tool roll for, IFAK, batteries, electronics or a knife.
I traded in a military style hydration pack for the Hauser because I wanted to go as light as possible. According to ACRE using a Camelback 3L bladder it weighs in at 39.2 oz. With Hauser’s extra straps and light-weight construction, less truly is more.
Although not overly tactical looking, there is still a stealthy urban look to the pack. The advents of the back yolk design are refreshing, quite literally, for those using this for activities like hiking biking and urban exploration.
The abundance of options for configuration are welcomed features too, because without the ability to adapt, you can’t overcome.
10L retails for $195 or for ten bucks more, you can get the 14L model. Made in the USA for an added bonus!
- Outer Fabric — Dimension-Polyant 210D nylon VX ripstop with waterproof laminate. Made in the USA.
- Liner Fabric — 70D nylon ripstop with waterproof TPU laminate.
- External Zippers — YKK urethane coated watertight zippers. (#5 and #7 coil)
- Back Panel — Ariaprene™ hexagonal perforated foam with nylon mesh laminate.
- Hardware — National Molding. Made in the USA.
- Tool Roll — Heavy duty nylon mesh, 500D Cordura nylon, YKK #5 reverse coil zippers.
A Special Forces soldier searches a Kajaki cave system for drugs and hidden insurgent caches in Uruzgan, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Photo By CPL Christopher Dickson1st Joint Public Affairs Unit
The colours and composition of this are just perfect. It’s surprisingly difficult to take a photo of an all black bag and still get the correct exposure for the background.
Plus, it’s proof that I’m not the only one who takes pictures of my bag to share on the internet…