I've known of Hill People Gear for a number of years. In fact, they were one of the first companies I came across when searching for new and interesting brands outside of what you see in big box stores. I own a few of their products and always find myself visiting their website time and again to see what they're up to.
To say I was excited to have founder, Evan Hill, join me on the podcast to talk about his company is an understatement. It's honestly an honor and incredibly humbling to spend an hour talking with people like Evan because it's not every day you can pick the brain of someone who knows a thing or two about pack design.
On this episode of The By Land Podcast, Evan talks about the origin of Hill People Gear, the design principles, and his background with backcountry travel. He also gives a number of solid bits of advice to backpackers.
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- Intro to Evan and Hill People Gear
- Origin of HPG
- First product of HPG - the Kit Bag
- How Evan came up with his unique harness system and how it works
- The evolution of the HPG suspension system
- Evan’s thoughts on overall pack weight and backpacking efficiency
- Efficiency in design
- Who HPG is for
- Evan’s favorite HPG pieces
- Backpack structure (stays)
- Backpack fitting
- Common errors made my new backpackers
- Spending time doing, learning, and observing
- Whats next for HPG
- Evans final thoughts on “gear”
- How to find HPG