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    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Oregon

    I'm very pleased to share the following pictures of the new TrailLite Designs Bandoleer Pack. The Bandoleer is a very unique single shoulder strap pack that I have been working on for the past year, enjoy the pictures:

    Weight as shown, not including the removable web belt is 8 oz.

    A special thanks to Chris Zimmer for his effort and help.

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    Miguel Arboleda
    BPL Member


    Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan

    Trying to figure out how that strap works… Does the pack hang at an angle?

    Jeffs Eleven
    BPL Member


    Locale: NePo

    "Its a European shoulder-bag" ;)

    Frank H.
    BPL Member


    Locale: Oregon

    that pack is looking good.

    Steven Paris
    BPL Member


    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Jeff, don't you mean a European Carry All?

    Pilate de Guerre


    Locale: SE, USA


    Cross-market it to bicycle messengers as a gram-counting performance pack.

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    "Its a European shoulder-bag"

    lol. It was a gift.

    Wesley Scott


    Locale: bay area

    Does the fabric have that bit of side pocket transparency all around?

    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Oregon

    The cuben used is black in color but yet has some transparency.

    The pack rides neatly vertical and is very stable. The duel lower shoulder strap connections help "center" the pack and provide pack stability and control. The packs web belt is removable.

    The pack is neutral in design and can be carried on either shoulder. I will provide pictures of the carry soon.

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    Erik Danielsen
    BPL Member


    Locale: The Western Door

    That's how I usually carry my daypack, actually (though it's a little awkward with a pack designed for two-strap carry) and I've considered doing a one-strap MYOG pack. Is this something that will be for sale?

    jim draucker
    BPL Member


    Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA

    Good one Thom.

    About time someone did this. Put me down for one.


    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Oregon

    I do plan to make it available if an interest is shown. The packs will be custom made and will require a short waiting period.

    I will post additional pictures and info on my site soon.

    David Stenberg
    BPL Member


    Locale: South

    R. Jardine would be so proud of the one shoulder carry.

    Awesome looking pack! I really like the way the bungee chord lashing is integrated into the rear pocket. The black cuben looks really cool, very Darth Vader!

    Philip Delvoie
    BPL Member


    Locale: Ontario, Canada

    Looking forward to seeing a picture of the carry to get a better understanding of how it sits. Looks great.



    Locale: The Cascades

    Cool looking pack, Thom. Your continued creativity with thought and design is great!

    Are there 'drain holes' at the bottom of the large outside pocket?

    ben wood


    Locale: flatlands of MO

    very nice!

    Justin McMinn


    Locale: Central Oklahoma

    I remember some threads asking about single shoulder bags for people recovering from broken collarbones.

    I would love to see it modeled. Not quite sure if I am envisioning the hip belt correctly.

    Sunny Waller
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southeast USA

    Count me in when available…that would work great with my bad back

    Jim Colten
    BPL Member


    Locale: MN

    Very very cool!

    I've carried a medium sized fannyback (about 400ci) on day hikes for several years now. Not sure I can get my overnight pack weight into the range where I'd go with one shoulder though. But U bet there are plenty folks here who could.

    Michael Fogarty
    BPL Member


    Locale: Midwest

    I "might" be interested in one of these packs, but would want dual shoulder straps, Like a normal pack.Price might be a deal breaker too, I know cuben is $$$$.I'd need a 21" back length too. (top of the shoulder straps to bottom of the pack) Oh, what is the packs internal ci ?

    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Oregon

    I had Chris Zimmer take a couple pictures, while wearing the pack, prior to shipping it out to me. The keep in mind that the pack was made specifically to fit me and Chris is considerably larger.




    For reference Chris is just over 6'1" and just over 200#, I'm just under 5'10" and maybe 165#. The pack will ride somewhat lower on me and the attachment system for the shoulder strap will be slightly lower also. I will post my own pictures in a soon.

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    Patrick S


    Locale: Upper East TN

    I love the way the back compression is integrated with the tapered back pocket! And, man, does that black cuben look slick. I really love the concept of this because I use an over the shoulder bag for day hikes and its left me wanting to combine it with more of a traditional backpack design. I think this hits exactly what I was trying to figure out for myself.

    Can't wait to see the photos of someone wearing it to get a better idea.

    Aaron Reichow


    Locale: Northern Minnesota

    I've wondered why no one made a pack like this- I used a Belkin laptop bag which was carried sling-style. Comfortably carry with 10-20 lb, more than the total pack weight of some folks. Plenty of 2-5 mile walks/hikes to and from work wearing it. Backpanel and shoulder strap had a Granite Gear-esque plushiness. You couldn't switch sides with it, and I could see why you'd want that with a hiking pack.

    Digging the black cuben!

    Belkin Laptop Sling:

    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Oregon

    TrailLite Designs Bandoleer

    I would like to have a BPL member provide a detailed review, with pictures, of the TrailLite Designs Bandoleer pack as part of a future TR.

    The selected BPL member will get to keep the pack (the one pictured above and in the OP). Here is the specific information required to be considered:

    1) Must be a BPL member in good standing.
    2) Must provide a detailed UL or SUL gear list to be considered. Pack design and volume requires this limit.
    3) Must provide specific trip details including dates.
    4) Must be willing to post an honest review (with pictures) within 2 weeks of completing the trip.
    5) Must normally use a size medium pack (provide make, model and size of current pack).
    6) Provide link to earlier TR and or review for example of ability.
    7) Have a love for the color BLACK.

    Quality of the information provided rules the selection process. Post interest and provide contact information via PM.

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    ben wood


    Locale: flatlands of MO

    sure Thom,
    i'm in!

    will contact

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