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RMW Mariposa Deluxe Backpack

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Rivendell Mountain Works (RMW)
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Growing up in Colorado, it's difficult not to become an outdoor gear fanatic. I (Ben) was raised in hiking boots, and climbing harnesses, and saved my allowance to buy a neon yellow chalk bag. As I've grown older, my taste has become less eye-stinging, and more inline with classic American made designs with exceptional attention to detail like the Mariposa Deluxe daypack.

Our special edition Green and Blue colorway, and the down to earth elegance of the Mariposa remind me of my Dad's old green backpack. It wasn't a Rivendell (which didn't exist at the time), but it had leather anchor points, tan stitching, and the American made quality and feel of one. He hiked all over the Rockies carrying me in his backpack before I was old enough to walk, and it's a testament to the durability of Cordura, that I didn't gnaw my way through the fabric as a teething-babe.

Rivendell packs return to the classic American outdoors tradition of long wearing materials, leather detailing, and simplicity. This bag, the Mariposa deluxe, has a Teardrop shape that allows increased freedom of movement while fully loaded. With four leather bar-bell's on the top, and four on the bottom, you can easily lash a jacket, tarp, or (dare I say) yoga mat to the outside of the pack. The internal zippered pocket, keeps your valuables, discreet, organized, and safe from all-comers.

The Mariposa deluxe is just the right size for taking an extra jacket, some extension cords, a cordless drill, a tool roll and your lunch to the jobsite. The removable, internal foam back pad makes even lumpy loads comfortable, and the leather reinforced shoulder strap mounts are sturdy and classic. 11 oz Cordura fabric, #10 YKK coil zippers, and details like the double layer bottom panel, and 10 leather barbell attachment points make the Mariposa Deluxe a flexible solution to carrying tools, gear, or groceries. Rolls up to about the size of 2 wine bottles, and fits 6 six packs with room to spare... but please don't!

Available in 5 colors, including our exclusive Green and Blue colorway.

Made in Rivendell USA.

We look for the same things in a backpack that we look for in woodworking tools. The details of a design affect the way we use a product, and reflect the outlook of the designer, and manufacturer. We feel that there is an ethos of clean design, heritage, and quality craftsmanship that makes Rivendell Mountain Work's packs, and totes some of the finest produced today.

Rivendell Mountain Works (RMW) was founded by Larry Horton in 1971. Their iconic Jensen pack was widely copied, and pioneered the frameless "soft-pack" construction of contemporary ultra-light backpacks.

Rivendell Mountain Works also produced several other legendary designs, including the Bombshelter Tent, widely considered to be the strongest mountaineering shelter available.

In 1981 after ten years, Rivendell and Its iconic carved wooden sign were sold. The company went dormant until 2006 when Eric Hardee revived the brand, producing classic Rivendell designs like the Jensen Pack, on a custom basis, and developing a product line that now includes Day Packs, Waist Packs, Totes, and Accessory Packs. They still use Don Jenson's original blueprints for their heritage line of packs, and sew every detail by hand.

The packs made today by Rivendell Mountain Works are produced in what, Eric describes as micro-cottage production. Sewing and production is decentralized and done by small group of skilled craftsmen and women living in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.

When we first contacted RMW to discuss carrying their line of daypacks, Eric Hardee and I (Ben) connected over our love of DIY, and hand woodworking.

Eric and his wife built their home in Rivendell USA, where they still produce their famous packs and accessories. As we were emailing , he alluded to, and then sent me, a photo of his well worn hand tools arranged on a board in front of him and his wife. Between the two of them they hold a giant felling saw as they crouch in the mountain forest. She rests their child on her knee, and the three of them smile, as they prepare to build their home. The beautiful ambition conveyed by that photo is a feeling embodied by Rivendell Mountain Works.

What makes a pack top-notch isn�t the gew-gaws attached to it, but simple rugged construction with easy access to the designs features. A great pack disappears on your back. The weight hangs correctly, you can find things without going insane poking in a million pockets, you don't worry that a pickpocket will get your valuables, The pack can take outside stuff tied on, and it's light,strong and simple without being flimsy.

The Mariposa and Lupine packs are two of the finest day packs made today. Their rugged construction features the same attention to detail found on Rivendells larger packs, and will last a lifetime.

  Mariposa Deluxe(this item) Lupine Pack
Capacity 2050 cu. in. 1300 cu in.
Weight 1lb. 6oz 1lb. 2oz
Dimensions Dimensions: Height: 21.5"
Width at bottom: 12.5"
Width at ss leather: 10.5"
Depth at bottom: 5.5"
Height: 18.5"
Width at bottom: 12.5"
Width at ss leather: 6.5"
Depth at bottom: 5.5"
Features Removable Foam Backpad,
Inner pocket, Haul Loop, 1" Waist Belt, Two Tool loops, 6 barbells
Internal pocket, Haul Loop, 1" Waist Belt, 4 Barbells
Material Cordura
Construction Notes Double reinforced 11oz Cordura Bottom
Zippers #10 YKK coil zipper
Notes Leather Reinforced Stress Points
Colors: Green, Red, Brown, Orange, Blue
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Customer Reviews:
Just What I Wanted
By: Tim (Sep, 2014)
For probably twenty years, I used a Cordura daypack made by NF. I wore out two sets of zippers, which NF generously replaced free of charge. The pack itself is still as sturdy and sound as ever; it's the foam in the straps that finally died. About 10-12 years ago, I bought a new daypack made by the company named after the large, yellow-bellied squirrel in Yosemite. It's a great pack, with an excellent fit and suspension, and a nice wide hip-belt. It's a little on the heavy side, with lots of buckles and snaps, and it is blue and silver, with bright red highlights. I was looking for something a little less flashy and a little lighter in weight. I am at the time of life when I seem to spend as much time looking backward as forward, and I was drawn to the RMW Mariposa because it reminded me of my old NF pack. I was a little hesitant about the RMW pack because it seems styled on daypacks from 40+ years ago. Even though it's not inexpensive, I feared it might be lacking in features- too lightweight, the shoulder straps too flimsy, the waist belt useless. I am pleased to say this pack is almost everything I could want. It is plenty big and very well made. The shoulder straps are comfortably wide and well padded. The only thing this pack lacks is a sternum strap. I found one for $11 on the rainforest site: look for the "ChicoBag Accessory~Sternum Strap~Daypack15 & 20 rePETe." It fits perfectly. If you are looking for good old-fashioned made in America quality, and want a pack that doesn't look like everyone else's, I highly recommend you consider the RMW Mariposa.
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Terrific Backpack
By: Bob Betker (Jun, 2013)
I picked up one of Eric's Mariposa Deluxe backpacks while I was deployed to Iraq. It's built like a tank and has handled everything I've thrown at it over the past 2 years. While it may not have all of the bells and whistles of contemporary packs, it carries a ton of gear and is extremely comfortable, what more would you want from a pack. You can't go wrong with one.
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