Thanks to Chris Townsend for pointing out some welcome new news. Brian Frankle, the founder of ULA packs, has joined Six Moon Designs as Director of Pack Designs.
Brian is one of that generation of lightweight manufacturers who was inspired to create his designs as a result of his own thru-hiking. I think you can always tell when a pack has designed by somebody who really does backpack. Following a motorbike accident Brian sold ULA and then seemed to go off travelling around the world before converting a van into a home and travelling back around the US.
Last May Ron Moak (Six Moons) told me that he had enticed Brian out to one of the legendary lightweight manufacturers backcountry trips. And now it appears he has encouraged Brian to harness his creative powers to our benefit once again.
I still have three of Brian’s ULA packs. My Conduit which was my UK pack for years was only retired last year but my small Relay pack is still used virtually every day of the week. The Relay has the odd hole in it now but the ballistic thread running through the fabric keeps everything together.
The note on Six Moon’s site says:
Brian Frankle and Ron Moak are teaming up to create a new architectural design for the next generation backpacks. We believe our new backpack architecture will pave the way for a wide array of lighter, more durable, more comfortable packs. The new highly flexible design will allow this generation of packs to meet both existing challenges and any unforeseen ones coming over the horizon.
This will be a partnership to watch I think. More news on the new packs will be presented through the Six Moon Facebook Page.
Welcome back Brian. I’m fascinated to see what you come up with next.