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At High Above we're not interested in making just another bag. Our past successes with our line of hip packs demonstrate our commitment to making superior quality products that are highly functional. The Lost Lake Duffel is no exception. When we set out to create this bag we considered all of our favorite products and what we liked about them. Simplicity, durability, and quality manufacturing are at the top of our list.
The Lost Lake duffel is intended to be the bag that you use everyday. Whether hauling sweaty gear from the gym, packing for the kid's soccer game, or stuffing it full of all of your camping supplies, it's the one bag you'll reach for every time. While its overall goal is similar to that of other bags - to get your gear where it needs to go - we think the Lost Lake Duffel is an even better option. Here's why:
VERSATILE: The Lost Lake Duffel is our go-to bag for camping/hiking, climbing, cycling, paddling, running, skiing/snowboarding, yoga, travel and kids’ gear.
DURABLE: Made with a unique material called Phifertex®, the Lost Lake Duffel is extremely durable, and UV stable. The fabric will never degrade in quality from sitting in the sun. It won't snag, tear, or fade. Ever.
ANTIMICROBIAL: Phifertex is a waffle-like mesh that is infused with Microban antimicrobial technology, helping alleviate odors from sweaty, wet gear. While letting air cycle through the bag prevents odors, it also lets loose dirt fall to the ground so you're not carrying around part of the beach when you pack up your towel.
EASY-ACCESS: The mesh makes it easy to see through the bag to find exactly what you're looking for, making sure your gear doesn’t get lost in a dark duffel abyss.
PACKS SMALL: When not in use the bag packs down very small for easy storage.
US MADE ZIPPER: The zippers are #10 YKK- the highest quality zippers on the market, and also made in the USA.
MIL-SPEC WEBBING: The webbing is military grade nylon, ensuring durability throughout all of your adventures.
QUALITY US MANUFACTURING: We focused on simplicity with design, and left out unnecessary frills, meaning the money you spend goes towards the highest quality materials and manufacturing available. The bags will be made in our home state of Washington so we can stay involved in the process to ensure quality and consistency.
We're creating the Lost Lake Duffel in two sizes: small (~22 Liters) and large (~46 Liters) and 2 colors (red and black). We've found our own practical uses for the bags (wet mountain biking gear, beach/picnic supplies, climbing equipment, kids toy storage, gym bag, dog toys, travel bag to name a few), but the possibilities are limitless. We are like you: busy shuffling between life, adventure, and work. We understand how a simple product can redefine a category and become the one item you simply can't leave home without. We hope you'll support us in our journey to make the most practical duffel bag ever designed for your lifestyle.
Risks and challenges
Being a small business can be challenging when working with a new manufacturer. A product will only be at its best when the relationship between the project owners and sewers/manufacturers is extremely well communicated. This eliminates sewing errors, keeps a tight production schedule and keeps everyone happy.
Working with new suppliers may also have challenges such as issues with materials availability, long timelines or other shipping delays. We plan to address this in a few ways:
-The bag will be domestically manufactured.
-The bag is simple. It's our first mass-produced bag and we can control more by using fewer ingredients and investing in higher quality materials.
We are fortunate to have a good history and a very friendly relationship with our manufacturer. Our lines of communication are strong and open and we feel confident that we've put the best team in place to help support local businesses and the Washington economy.
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