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2/15/2012 3:23 PM
 
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Recon Kit Bag | Available For Pre-order
We've been kicking around this idea since we introduced the original Kit Bag. The problem with adding PALS to a regular KB is that you don't want any more hanging off of the front of it.

The Runner's Kit Bag was first conceived as something to put PALS on the front of, but we felt the urban runner's need was more pressing so we went slick with that offering. We've also been reluctant to make something "tactical" like this. Well, we've had so many requests that we finally decided to put it out there. More discussion can be found on our forum. Available for pre-order in multicam ($105) and ranger green ($95). Orders will ship out on Feb. 20.
Multicam | Here By Popular Demand
There have been a lot of requests for our products in multicam. Camo mostly goes against our "practical, not tactical" bent, but we do understand that there are folks who would like our stuff in multicam.

As such, we're now offering some of our items in multicam. The Recon Kit Bag, regular Kit Bag, and Tarahumara are all available in multicam. Whether or not these items are always available in multicam, as opposed to our standard colors (ranger green, coyote, foliage), will depend on how well they sell. Those of you who have been asking for multicam, now is your chance!
Other Products | Quick Hits
  • HPG logo Hydroflasks are back in stock
  • USGI 1qt Bottle Holsters in ranger green are now available again. Accepting backorders. They'll ship on feb 20.
  • 16oz Bottle Holsters available for the first time in ranger green. Accepting pre-orders. They'll ship on feb 20. Yes, they'll take the Hydroflasks.
  • Highlander compression panel / backpack is out of prototyping and into production sampling. More information here.
  • Compression Kit is out of prototyping and into production sampling. This is a kit to attach virtually any compression panel or pocket to virtually any frame. Designed to be used with the Tarahumara and Highlander.
  • Runner's Harness is out of prototyping and into production sampling. This is the harness that connects a Tarahumara directly to a Kit Bag to create a one piece load bearing system for dynamic movement.
HPG Forum | Ramping Up
As of this week, we're now posting primarily on our own forum. We invite you to join us in discussing gear and methods related to self-reliant backcountry travel, and anything else you think might be germaine. We've broken the forum down into four main categories:
  • HPG Products Comments and questions directly related to Hill People Gear products
  • Firearms and Skills Discussion of firearms related topics and also - equally important - the training and skills related to the use of firearms
  • Out There Trip planning, trip reports, and photos
  • General Everything else, including general outdoor skills and equipment
If there is a need to further divide things up, we will do that as time goes along. We look forward to seeing you on the forums.
Class | Basic Trauma Response
Intended for anyone who wants to be capable of treating life threatening injuries, this 8 hour class is ideal for hunters, backcountry travelers, law enforcement officers and concealed carry practitioners. Based on the lifesaving methods of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), students will be taught to respond to injuries that are immediately life threatening. The class format will be a mix of lecture and hands on practice in a classroom setting. No prior training is required, but Basic First Aid and CPR are recommended.

Instructor Joe Hayes is an experienced practitioner of advanced life saving procedures utilizing unconventional methods and equipment working autonomously in austere environments.

His training and experience comes from eight years as a Special Operations Medic in the 75th Ranger Regiment. He served 5 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total of 2 solid years of combat deployment where he supervised the activities of junior providers and coordinated with higher medical authorities in addition to his normal responsibilities as a medic. He also had a tour as the sole Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructor for all prospective Ranger candidates, during which time he instructed over 2500 students.

Joe holds the following certifications: Paramedic (National Registry), Paramedic (USSOCOM), ACLS, ATLS, and CPR. He currently works on a Search and Rescue helicopter crew out of Kandahar Afghanistan providing fire support and medevac services.

For further information, refer to this thread.
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4/18/2012 11:31 PM
 
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HPG Pack System | Coming Together
The different elements of the HPG pack system are starting to come together. There is nothing unique about our pack system. Like most of our products, we take a time tested concept and render it thoughtfully and efficiently using modern materials. The pack system consists of these items:

Compression Panel - This exists in the form of our Tarahumara backpack and our Highlander bag. The Highlander (pictured above) is newly available in coyote and ranger green. It is a larger version of the Tarahumara designed for use either as a stand alone backpack or a compression panel. It doesn't come with a shoulder harness, but they can be purchased separately in all three of our standard colors. The Tarahumara is a good pairing with ALICE pattern packs such as the ALICE frame, Mystery Ranch NICE, and Kifaru Omni-yoke. The Highlander is a good pairing with taller frames, such as traditional externals and the Kifaru MMR / EMR / LH series.

Compression Kit - This is overbuilt and overkill, but has enough of every type of strap you might need to attach a compression panel to a frame. It also includes a small load sling that can be used on the bottom of a load or as a small compression panel itself. Currently available in coyote and ranger green.

Packbag - We've come to a final prototype of a generic packbag that can be used on a variety of frames. It weighs 1 pound in 500d cordura in a 25" height. It attaches very securely to a variety of frames from 9" to 14" wide. Initial sizes planned are 20M (20" tall, medium girth) for ALICE pattern frames and 25M (25" tall, medium girth) for the taller frames. Most likely, it will be available in both 500d cordura and silnylon. The silnylon is the same US made extra robust silnylon used in Seekoutside tipis and shelters.

Frame - Yes, we're working on our own (an external). It is different than other frames in one very significant way, and also has a couple of other nice features that haven't been seen before. It's too early to talk time lines and we won't tease you with it again until we've very close. In the meantime, there are lots of decent options out there, including the one you probably already own.

There are both pros and cons to this "pack system" approach to carrying a load in the backcountry. For lots more discussion on this system, or to ask your own questions, take a look at this thread on our forum.
Kit Bags | Now With Velcro
Some of you have already noticed this, but most Kit Bags are now shipping with a 1.5" strip of Velcro loop in the pistol compartment between the cooling panels. The only models that we have any stock left without the Velcro are standard Kit Bags in multicam and Runner's Kit Bags in foliage (a couple left only). This strip of Velcro is for those of you wanting to use an aftermarket holster insert inside of the pistol compartment. It mostly seems to come up with folks using smaller lighter pistols and not wearing their KBs "high and tight". In those cases, the smaller pistols can float around inside the pistol compartment some. This strip of Velcro is not enough to support the weight of a full size pistol suspended above the bottom of the KB. However, it will horizontally stabilize a pistol of any size if the holster is placed on the bottom of the pistol compartment.
Mountain Serape | Update
The first Mountain Serapes that we produced and sold were made in El Salvador out of US materials, simply because that's where we could get it done. However, the search for a US facility didn't stop. As our supply dwindled, we made the decision not to produce another run in El Salvador and instead focus on shifting production to the states. The ironic thing has been that matching the quality bar of the Serapes made in El Salvador has been one of the sticking points. Knocking on this solid oak desk that my keyboard sits on, we've got samples from two different facilities being completed this week. Hopefully one of the two will pan out and we'll be back in production. We know we'll have coyote, we'll try to have foliage, and we'll probably have multicam as well. We've had a couple of requests for a fire retardant shell fabric, and have a sample of one on the way, but we doubt that it will meet our weight and compressibility requirements. We've also added a simple hook on the bungy cord at the waist for times when you don't want to be zipped in. This advice came from a guy working out of door-less helicopters in a very mountainous region.
HPG Forum | Good Threads
Thanks to all of the good folks who have joined our forum and made valuable contributions since we ramped it up. We're very pleased with the quality of discussion so far. Here are some threads that you might find interesting:
  • Firearms Discussion An Invite a very long thread where posters are trying to come to grips with the best general purpose rifle set up. There's no perfect answer, but the discussion is illuminating.
  • Budget Outfit Challenge this is a fun one where the goal is to put together a perfectly good backcountry rig for as little money as possible. You don't have to have the high dollar stuff to get out there!
  • Mountain Goat Hunt for those who haven't checked this out, it covers a hunt in the Canadian Rockies. Fantastic pictures that make you want to grab the pack and head out the front door.
The forums are also the best place to get more information on HPG products, both pro and con, and ask any questions you might have. There is one bug you should be aware of -- if your login times out in the middle of a post, it will mess up the forum layout. Don't sweat it, just drop an email to info@hillpeoplegear.com letting us know it happened, and we'll run a quick script to straighten things out. Not ideal behavior, but not a biggie either.
Hypothetically Speaking
Hypothetically speaking, if you're in the high country in the spring time - don't assume that if you get blocked by a snow drift you can't drive through that that is the last one you'll have to deal with when you set out on foot. Also hypothetically speaking, if you have snowshoes in the truck and there is already some question of snow, just take them with you to avoid hours of knee deep post holing. All hypothetically speaking of course. Have a good spring!
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5/23/2012 1:34 PM
 
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Joe Hayes | Joins HPG
We welcome Joe Hayes to the Hill People Gear family. First and foremost, Joe shares all of the ethics and values that are core to what we do and how we do it. He also adds a lot of diversity to the HPG viewpoint, including backcountry time in the Appalachians, 8 years as a Special Operations Medic in the 75th Ranger Regiment, different body type, and different backcountry travel style.

Like all of us, Joe is going to be doing a wide variety of things at HPG. Don't be surprised if you see him teaching a medical class or answering your product questions via email. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to Joe at JoeHayes@hillpeoplegear.com.
Runner's Harness ($45) | Now Available
The Runner's Harness ties any model of HPG Kit Bag together with an HPG Tarahumara pack to form a single, ultra stable vest system. It is ideal for trail running and mountain biking. When using the Runner's Harness, you would remove the shoulder harness from the Tara and the back harness from the Kit Bag, and the components of the Runner's Harness replace these things. Currently accepting pre-orders on foliage, which will ship out May 25th. Other colors are in production this week and should be available for pre-order soon.

This system has been tested by two different mountain trail runners. You can read more of their feedback here.
Packbags ($50-$60) | Available in June
  • S25M ($60) - silnylon, 25" tall, medium girth. This is for externals that are 24" or taller, including Kifaru MMR / EMR / LH, and most true external frames. 7oz.
  • C25M ($55) - 500d cordura, 25" tall, medium girth. Identical to the S25M, but out of 500d cordura for more longevity at a weight penalty. ~1lb, 2oz.
  • S20M ($55) - silnylon, 20" tall, medium girth. This is for all of the ALICE pattern externals including ALICE, MR NICE, and Kifaru Omni-yoke.
  • C20M ($50) - 500d cordura, 20" tall, medium girth. 1lb.
The packbag lineup includes four different variants: The 25" variants are being scheduled for production, with an expected availability in late June. The 20" variants are still undergoing some testing and tweaking with various ALICE pattern frames. There are more pictures of the packbags here.

This is also a good opportunity to talk about the development of the entire compression panel and pack frame system. At HPG, we believe that a true external offers better load bearing performance, lower weight, and more flexibility than an internal at just about every load class. It really comes into its own above about 50lbs though. The Dana / K2 externals produced in the late 90s are as good as it gets for carrying loads heavier than 50lbs, way outperforming any other platform we've tried. Sadly, they're only available on the secondary market now as most consumers are caught up in the internal frame thing. We do have our own external design that has a couple of features never before seen on an external, one of which is a very big deal. We expect this external to outperform even the Dana / K2 externals. Anybody who has been around the scene since the early 80s and has experienced both internals and externals is well aware of the advantages of externals. Those people "get it", and many are eagerly awaiting our external frame offering.

However, as a small company, we are forced to make choices based on cash flow and sales opportunity. With the packbag and compression panel system, we are faced with selling not only packs, but selling most folks on a concept that is foreign to them. As such, these packbags and the Tarahumara and Highlander compression panels are where we're going to leave that whole system for the time being. We're turning instead to an internal frame pack designed to function in the 15 - 60lb / ~3700ci range. This size and performance range is where most folks spend most of their time. In this size range, we ourselves prefer a smaller purpose built internal to an external (provided we've got the externals available for when real business needs to get handled). We've been running a couple of different prototypes of this pack for a couple of years now, and just aren't that far away from a design that we're happy with. This pack will appeal to a much wider range of users, and is simply the right business decision for HPG at this time. We're targeting late Aug / early Sep availability. Don't worry, we'll get back to our external as soon as we can.
Mountain Serape | US Made for ~$165
We're almost out of the woods on this painful transition from off shore to on shore manufacturing of the Mountain Serape (all of our other stuff has always been made in the states). We have a product sample and official quote from a US facility. We're working on getting production scheduled right now. Looks like late July or August production. Not as early as we wanted, but in time for hunting season. As part of this transition, we are most likely committing to a dye lot of shell fabric to control costs and ensure smooth and ongoing production. A dye lot is an expensive proposition, so we will be limiting our offering to just one color until sales ramp up enough to justify additional dye lots. Since we get to choose the color, our plan is to go with our flagship color and best all around outdoor color, ranger green. We also plan to offer multicam with ranger green undersides at additional cost. We'd like to be able to offer more than just these two colors, but that really makes it quite difficult to ensure continuous availability of this popular product. Let us know what you think about the color choice at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
Friends of HPG
A couple of quick hits here:
  • The inaugural issue of Ed T's Backcountry Journal came out about a month ago. HPG's Scot Hill had a great story in it (if we do say so ourselves). It is also the first time we've ever seen in print one of the most fundamental building blocks of starting a fire that nobody ever talks about. You might want to check out this bi-monthly e-zine.
  • Sawtooth Rifles Sawtooth (located in Ft. Collins, CO) is just getting started. They cerakoted and installed a new trigger on Evan's Mauser scout rifle. The finish job looks fantastic, and the communication and knowledge of the proprietor appears to be top notch. Look for a thread with pictures on the firearms section of our forum soon. Time will tell how well the finish holds up, but that will really be more about cerakote itself than about Sawtooth rifles. If you're on the front range looking for a finisher, check them out.
HPG | Pulling freight for Western Colorado
We're headed home to the Rockies, and not coincidentally, Evan and Scot's birthplace of Grand Junction. As of July, we'll be up and running in Colorado. This will really help with shipments out to the east coast, and also with product development. Check out this thread for a preview of one kind of trip you'll see us taking fairly often. Check out this thread for a preview of the kinds of training opportunities we expect to make available in Western Colorado going forward. Anybody passing through the area, hit us up via email. We're always happy to meet folks in person.
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7/16/2012 5:25 PM
 
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Packbags ($50-$60) | Available Now
HPG Packbags designed to go on third party frames are now available in several variants. The HPG pack bag series is a little bit more purpose driven alternative to the lightweight (and some not so lightweight) dry bags that many people are using with frame and compression systems. They are designed to be used in conjunction to one of the two HPG backpack / compression panel offerings (Tarahumara and Highlander). Features include:
  • Lightweight attachment system for securing them to a wide variety of frames
  • Attachment system also creates mounting points to tie the HPG Compression Kit into
  • May also be used without a compression panel or compression straps for an ultralight setup
  • Zip top opening with dual sliders
  • Grab handle
Snubby Kit Bag | Coming Soon
We've had quite a few requests for a smaller footprint Kit Bag, but when our new partner Joe Hayes brought it up it was time to do something about it. The Snubby is designed to fit, well... snubbies. It will just fit a Glock 19 with room for a wallet and keys left over. Smaller (and particularly thinner) pistols will leave room for more additional items. The spacing on the straps is the same as on all of the other Kit Bags, so it will work with all of the other accessories including the Runner's Harness. It is made on the Runner's pattern, which means a single zippered slot pocket in front with two inner slots. Scheduling is underway, with pricing and availability to be determined. Dimensions are 8.5"x6"x1".
Tarahumaras in Black ($120) | Available Now
Responses on Facebook to our question about how many people would like a black Tarahumara were strong enough for us to do a run. They look pretty sharp and may be just the thing for those of you wanting to go old skool ninja, or just have a non-earth tone color. On a side note, we are discontinuing Tarahumaras and regular Kit Bags in multicam. Just not enough demand. The multicam Taras are already gone, but there may be a couple of multicam KBs around. We will continue to stock Recon Kit Bags in multicam.

 
Quick Hits
  • Mountain Serape - The Mountain Serape is scheduled to go into US production this week or next. There is also production scheduled for August and September. We should have the first US made Serapes available for purchase the last week of July or the first week of August. Color options will be ranger green and multicam, with the multicam costing more. As always, we won't take money until the product is headed our way. Keep your eye on FB, or email info@hillpeoplegear.com to get on the list of folks to be notified as soon as we are taking pre-orders.
  • Speaking of Facebook - Sometime in the last month we topped 1,000 "likes". This is a big milestone for us. Thanks for all of those who have supported us on FB. For those of you who haven't been, we post photos and bits of information on our Facebook page way more often than we send newsletters out. If you have a FB account, you might want to check us out on FB.
  • Ute (day and a half pack) - If you look closely, you'll see pictures of a prototype Ute popping up in FB posts and other pictures. It's the pack in flat dark earth. It isn't quite right yet -- there will have to be at least one more prototype prior to production sampling. That being said, we're rapidly developing a fondness for the sheer versatility of this little pack. We think it's going to earn a spot in a lot of folks' go to lineup.
  • Bear Attack! - well, maybe not quite "attack"... read this thread from our forum for a couple of firsthand accounts.
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HPG | Summer Trips
It has been a busy summer, with the biggest "trip" being the move of two households (two down, one to go) to Western Colorado. We've managed to get out and about a little bit though. Take a look at this photo album for some recent pictures. We hope you're enjoying your summer and have some great adventures planned for this fall. As always, we'd love to hear about it on the Out There section of our forum.
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8/15/2012 6:52 PM
 
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All Kit Bags | 10% Off
For the month of August, all Kit Bags are 10% off. This includes regular Kit Bags, Recon Kit Bags, Runner's Kit Bags, and the new Snubby Kit Bags. This is still our most unique and useful item. Whether you choose to carry a pistol in yours or not, it is a fantastic way to keep trail essentials close at hand with or without a pack. Don't miss the opportunity to get a great price on the Kit Bag of your choice (or whichever one it takes to keep your best "friend" from continually borrowing yours). Sale price is limited to stock on hand and the discount is already reflected in the prices on the website.
US Made Mountain Serapes | Available Now ($170/$185)
Finally, we are back in the Mountain Serape business -- this time made in the USA. We've already gotten our first shipment in and it sold out within a day to the folks on the email notification list. We're getting shipments every week and will continue to until we've got enough on hand to always have them in stock. As usual, we won't take money unless we've got a tracking number on a shipment headed our way. We allow backorders when we have a tracking number and can quote a firm ship date. That means that availability status will be changing at least weekly. Whenever we've got more available, we post on our Facebook page and of course the status on our product page will reflect what we have in stock.

The quality on these is very good. Here is how they differ from our previous Mountain Serapes:
  • Made in the US out of US materials (which required the price increase)
  • Based on feedback from Joe when he was using one on a helicopter in Afghanistan, we added a hook on the drawcord so you can go into greatcoat mode without using the zipper if you want to
  • The material is a little beefier, resulting in a finished weight of 2.5 lbs
  • The zipper pull on the main zipper is an "over the top" so it can be manipulated from either inside or outside of the Serape
  • The primaloft insulation is quilted to the inner shell only. This makes the piece a little bit warmer and more weather resistant
The two colors available are ranger green ($170) and multicam with a ranger green liner ($185). We've been using our Mountain Serapes as our go to sleeping bags all summer and couldn't be happier with the comfort and versatility they offer. It's exciting to have this useful and popular product back in our lineup. This time around there should be no availability issues to contend with as time goes on.
Snubby Kit Bag ($85) | Now Accepting Pre-Orders
We are now accepting pre-orders on our smaller footprint Kit Bags (the "Snubby") in coyote and ranger green, with foliage to come soon. The Snubby Kit Bag is sized to just fit a Glock 19 (without light) as well as anything smaller than that. The pocket setup is the same as it is on the Runner's and Recon Kit Bags -- pistol compartment, front zippered pocket with two slots inside of it. The harness spacing is the same as it is on the other Kit Bags, so it will fit the Runner's Harness. Dimensions are 8.5"x6"x1".
Speaking Of
  • Runner's Harness - If you're willing to commit to a single load system that combines a Tarahumara and Kit Bag, the Runner's Harness provides a lot of stability and comfort. For those of you a little confused about just what it is and how it fits in with what you may already have, we've just put up a How To Set Up A Runner's Harness page that makes everything clear.
  • Facebook - We've started posting daily pictures to Facebook. There is no lack of material what with our regular outings, and there are pictures that show up there that you won't see elsewhere. Even if you don't have or want a Facebook account, you can still take a look at our Facebook page every day to see the new pictures.
  • Unit Purchases - A group of Army soldiers stationed in Afghanistan will soon be doing their daily PT with their M9s on their chests instead of back in barracks, thanks to a forward thinking supply officer. If you are interested in a unit purchase contact us at info@hillpeoplegear.com for a price list. All of our products are Berry Amendment compliant.
  • Pack Bags - The final missing pack bag variants are now available. We are now accepting pre-orders on 20" Silnylon (S20M), 20" foliage cordura (C20M), and 25" foliage cordura (C25M) packbags. These bags will ship on August 21st.
West Elks | Trip Report
We've been blessed with a couple of opportunities to get back into some old stomping grounds in the high country of Colorado. You can read about a recent trip to the West Elk Wilderness here.
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11/4/2012 6:15 PM
 
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All Pack Bags | $10 Off
Hunting season is well underway. For those of you looking for a simple purpose built bag to be used with external frame packs, our pack bags are all $10 off, with prices as low as $40 for a cordura 20" bag. We have all variants in stock (colors and material choices), and you can shop for all pack system components here.
Prairie Belt | Coming Soon
The HPG Prairie Belt is a nod to the prairie belts of old worn by the US Cavalry. First and foremost it is a very comfortable and capable backpack waist belt. However, it is also designed to be equally useful as a stand alone load bearing belt -- what is called a "battle belt" nowadays. You can read more about it here. There is also a forum thread dedicated to it which you can read here. Pricing hasn't been determined yet, availability starting in late November.
Ute Backpack | Coming Soon
The Ute is a homecoming pack -- designed and tested in Western Colorado and named after "the brothers to the bear" who ranged from the front slope of the Colorado Rockies out into the desert wilderness of the Colorado Plateau in eastern Utah. The pack we have named after the Ute people is similarly adaptable, designed to handle loads from 20 to 60+ pounds with equal aplomb. It can be run beltless, but is best used with the included Prairie Belt.

dedicated product detail page
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Pricing hasn't been determined yet, expected availability starting in December.
Speaking Of
  • Website Tweaks - We came to a point that we realized the website layout that worked when we had two products was pretty broken given our current range. So we've been working towards presenting our products in a way that will make it easier to figure out what is what, easier to get the product information that you need, and then buy when you're ready. A big part of this is product detail pages that present all of the information about a given product in a single place. They're not all up yet, but a good example is the new Kit Bag product detail page. If you see something missing from a product detail page, don't hesitate to drop us a line at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Helpdesk System - If you've sent an email to info@ recently, you've seen a completely new format for the reply. We started using a third party helpdesk system (Zendesk) about a month ago. We did this so the multiple people interacting with customers could all have access to those communications and pass tasks back and forth. The primary goal is fewer dropped balls as we get busier. It isn't without its problems, and might seem a little impersonal. Rest assured, behind that big company facade is the same small family owned business you've been working with and chances are that your email will be answered by a person with the last name of "Hill".
  • 888.464.1875 - We now have a toll free number for you to call in and get questions answered or place an order. We can now also take credit card payments over the phone, including government credit cards. We don't have enough person power to guarantee that you'll get an answer during business hours. If you don't, please leave a voicemail. That will result in a task in our helpdesk system and we *will* get back to you. DO NOT ever email us credit card information or leave it on a voicemail. We'll only take that over the phone in person, and we destroy it as soon as we've run the card. The website is still the smoothest and best way to place an order.
Trip Reports | Now on Video
We've been taking some backcountry video this fall and posting it on our YouTube channel.
On Autumn Trails
On Autumn Trails
Canyon of The People
Canyon of The People
Just Elk
Just Elk
Just Bighorn
Just Bighorn
Let us know if you're liking the video trip report format, or prefer the picture reports we were doing before. We are still posting the videos on the "Out There" portion of our forum. Enjoy the rest of the fall season!
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12/11/2012 2:23 PM
 
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Holiday Special | 5% Off
Thanks for another great year! We appreciate all of the folks who have chosen to spend their hard earned money on our gear. One thing that we have learned over the past year is that, simply put, we don't price our products high enough to support distributors in between us and our customers. We also don't price them high enough to support significant sale markdowns. We're fine with that. We will probably never be any kind of gear juggernaut, but we are succeeding in our mission to bring high quality usable products directly to our customers at fair prices and earn an honest living in the process. So, thanks from everyone at HPG, and please use the coupon code "holiday" at checkout for a 5% discount on your purchase. shop our entire catalog here.
Will it be here in time for Christmas?
As some of you may have noticed, we've been out of stock on various things recently. November Mountain Serape production was held up due to an unexpected delay on YKK zippers, putting us behind the 8-ball for December. Small unit purchases have taken unexpected bites out of inventory as well. So, here is an update on some of the items you may be wondering about:
  • Mountain Serapes - we just got all of the Mountain Serapes on the way yesterday that we're going to have for December and promptly sold all of the multicam ones to people who had asked to be on the notification list. We still have a decent stock of ranger green Mountain Serapes.
  • coyote Recon Kit Bags - the next batch should be out of production towards the end of this week and we'll be able to ship them out to customers early next week. If you want to be notified as soon as they're on the way, email info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Foliage Kit Bags - same deal as the coyote Recons
  • multicam Recon Kit Bags - we've sold all that we had and don't have any immediate plans to re-stock that color
  • multicam Kit Bags - we've got a couple left and have no plans to re-stock them after they're sold
  • Prairie Belts & Ute Backpack - we're not going to have either in December. That is covered in more detail below.
We ship all domestic orders using USPS Priority Mail for the same $12 flat rate. This is the quickest most efficient way to get packages anywhere in the United States. The Post Office advises that Priority shipments should go out by December 21st (next Friday) in order to arrive by Christmas. Locations closer to Grand Junction Colorado might require less lead time. Sooner is better, but even if you allow an extra day, you've still got until next Thursday. We've got the luxury of being able to drop off small quantities of packages until 6pm mountain time, and larger quantities until 4:30pm mountain time. Often this gives us the ability to ship same day. Late next week it is going to be all hands on deck (you'd be surprised how helpful an 11 year old can be) to get packages out on a same day basis to meet that Dec. 21st deadline.
Logo Items | New Offerings
If you've been wanting an HPG T-shirt, now you've got a chance to get one. We are currently selling a chocolate brown long sleeve "The Watchers" T featuring the historic image of a couple of mountain travelers found on the lower right hand corner of our website. That image is placed on the lower right hand side of the T-shirt, wrapping back underneath the arm. The left sleeve has "Hill People Gear" and the elk skull logo. We should have enough to get through Christmas. If sales are good, we'll continue stocking them.
Available in men's M, L, XL, and XXL for $20.
We decided to take advantage of the fact that we're paying for full color printing on our stickers and produce a "V2" sticker with a picture of the medicine skull our logo is based on along with one of "The Watchers". We do still have a small quantity of the older version if you want to get one of those before they're gone forever.
Prairie Belt, Ute Pack | Pricing and Availability
With the help of our friends and manufacturing partners at First Spear, we've been pushing hard to get the Prairie Belt and Ute backpack out in time for Christmas. With both of these products, there are a lot of details to nail down properly and some things that are new for both us. One example is a specific foam from the HVAC industry that is used in both the PB and the Ute because it offers both resilience and comfort (imagine a slightly firmer closed cell version of memory foam). Well, that foam doesn't come from FS's normal supply chain. We're also sourcing the stays separately from FS, which of course is a new supplier for us. That's just two examples. Late last week I realized that the December release of both of these products was feeling more like a collision course than skillful execution. As a result, we made the call to step back on both of them and execute properly for what is probably a January release in both cases. We're not far off at all on the size large Prairie Belts in particular, and they might still squeak in this month -- just don't count on it.

We do have pricing determined on the Prairie Belts. They'll sell for $95. Ute pricing hasn't been determined yet, but a PB in your choice of sizes will be included in the Ute price.

On a related note, I (EH) have to say that the more I use the production sample Ute backpack with Prairie Belt, the more I realize that this is the backpack I've been wanting for 15 years. Like Goldilocks, I find the Ute to be "just right". It's just small enough to be a good day pack, just large enough with some additions to be a multi-day winter pack, and perfectly sized to be a comfortable do-everything 3-season pack. All of this with a flexible and useful compression system that has your pack very squared away regardless of load. The Ute weighs in at 5lbs with a size large Prairie Belt. This is a satisfactory weight to me given it's robustness and load bearing capabilities. The combination of (removable) frame sheet and 7075 aluminum stays gives it a load capacity that far exceeds it's volume without being overkill. I can honestly say that this pack covers 80% of what I need a pack for. There is still a place for a large volume, silly load capacity external and that project won't be abandonded, but I think the Ute is going to make a lot of people happy -- and the two tone khaki / ranger green color combination looks great!
Trip Report | December Backcountry Trip
Last month, we talked about doing an open invitation backcountry trip every other month or so, starting with a trip in Western Colorado. That trip has come and gone, and you can read about it and see more pictures here. Attendance was small, fellowship was good, and the land - as always - delivered. Keep your eyes peeled on the "out there" portion of our forum for announcements of upcoming trips.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Hill People Gear. Please, take the time to be thankful for the blessings you have and remember in your prayers those who are less blessed.
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1/25/2013 12:48 PM
 
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HPG | On Arming Yourself
Here at HPG, we've decided to contribute some thoughts and resources to the current debate over the 2nd amendment. In both cases, we think there's a good chance that we've assembled some things that you haven't seen elsewhere. This page is available under the "Free Resources" tab, and here is the direct link. Feel free to distribute our information as widely as you'd like.
Ute Backpack | Now available for $395
For those of you who have been waiting, the Ute backpack is now available for pre-order in the two tone khaki / ranger green color combination. The $395 price includes a Prairie Belt. If you haven't seen it yet, there is a 15 minute informational / instructional video available on the Ute "In Detail" page, along with other new information and pictures. Foliage and coyote Utes are on their way as well, and should be available within the next handful of weeks. If you want one of the other colors, you can be added to the notification list by emailing info@hillpeoplegear.com with your specific request.
HPG | Tales
We've started a new section of our website called "Tales". This section is for fiction and non-fiction stories that are evocative of the land you stand on. We're always accepting submissions at info@hillpeoplegear.com. If we like it, we'll publish it. To kick things off, we've got "The Year the Snow Came" by our very own Scot Hill.
Prairie Belt | Now available for $95
Prairie Belts are now available in two sizes (33+, 36+) in two colors (ranger green, coyote). There is a lot more information about how it works, including sizing information and a new informational video located on the Prairie Belt "In Detail" page.
HPG | Pack System
Our pack system, which is covered on it's own In Detail page, is undergoing some changes. The concept continues to permeate our entire line, but there are some items that we're discontinuing, some we're adding, and some we're changing:
  • Prairie Belt - The shoulder harness and waistbelt are two of the most important elements on any pack. Our new Prairie belt is a comfortable and adaptable belt that can be used on a wide variety of third party packs as well as coming standard on our Ute pack.
  • Compression Kit - We were probably losing money on the Compression Kit when you factor in the cost of stocking and shipping them. When the cost of G-hooks doubled, it made the CK unfeasible without a hefty price increase. We have very few of the original kits left and when they're gone we won't be re-stocking them. A re-designed Compression Kit with fewer G-hooks that is based on our pulley compression that debuted on the Ute is a possibility, but whether or not we produce it will be based on your feedback.
  • Compression Panels - The Highlander works as the largest option for the back of the Ute, and will really come into its own when we move into the external frame business. In addition to the Tarahumara pack, we are also adding a "Tarapocket" to the lineup which is a stripped down compression panel only version of the Tara that comes in at 6oz. A new "Palspocket" is also being added. Stay tuned for details on that one in future newsletters. It has a very interesting and unique featureset, thanks to our inclusion of First Spear's 6/12 PALS compatible laminate. The Tarahumara, Tarapocket, and Palspocket all go right onto the Ute, and they are also set up to go on a "larger than Tara" pack that we are working on right now.
  • Stuff Sacks - The silnylon stuff sacks we've talked about before have been designed and prototyped and are undergoing production sampling right now. They're simple, but sized to work in conjunction with HPG products. The 717 goes nicely on the back of a Tarahumara, a Ute, or the in between pack we're working on. The 915 goes on the top of the Ute, expanding it's capacity by 1500ci at a weight cost of 2 ounces.
  • Pack Bags - Our Pack Bags (20M and 25M series) have been steady but not strong sellers. The group of people wanting to accomplish that specific thing is pretty small. We have the Pack Bags on closeout pricing with some still remaining. Once those are gone, we'll re-assess whether to continue just one or two variants or scrap them altogether. Again, based on your feedback. Pack Bags designed for 14" wide external frames but optimized for our frame will return down the road when we get our external frame product line going.
That's it for this month. Short and sweet, nose back to the grindstone on new product development.
Thanks for your continued support of our family business!
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4/17/2013 7:06 PM
 
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Londolozi Pack | Coming Soon
We're continuing to round out our lineup of packs based on the needs we ourselves have. The Ute is the "80% case" pack that handles most needs from gear intensive day hikes to multi-day summer trips. The Tarahumara is the lightweight day trip pack perfect for a Saturday morning with the kids. Our new pack - the Londolozi - fits in between the two. For many, it will be that "go to" pack for every day use, travel, and a full day hike load. It carries very comfortably with the included shoulder harness. For heavy loads, we recommend that you pair it with a Prairie Belt to turn it into a heavy duty lumbar pack. You can read more about the Londolozi here. If you would like to be placed on the list to be notified when the "Lozi" comes out, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. Please include your color preference. We plan to produce it in khaki / ranger green two tone, foliage, and coyote.
Product Availability
Thanks to our great customers, things have been very busy this spring. That, coupled with our expanding product line, has resulted in more than occasionally being out of stock on things. It feels like a juggling act right now - just as soon as we get something in stock, we go out of stock on something else. Please bear with us. Our manufacturing partner First Spear is working diligently to expand production on our items and bring our new products to market. If we're out of stock on something you're looking for, just email info@hillpeoplegear.com asking to be put on the notification list for your product. Specify the color as well. As soon as we have that product on the way, we'll email you letting you know it is available for sale. The bright spot on product availability is that we have finally caught up with demand on Mountain Serapes and have a fair number of each color on hand. You can buy Mountain Serapes here.
Palspocket ($65) and Tarapocket ($55) | Available Now in ranger
Both the Tarapocket and Palspocket are stripped down back pocket / compression panels that will go onto the Ute or Londolozi packs and potentially the packs of other makers as well. The Tarapocket is the same as a Tarahumara pack minus the wand pockets and all of the bits that make the Tarahumara a backpack. The Palspocket is a unique panel loading pocket that allows you to use either velcro hook backed accessories or PALS backed accessories for organization. You can see more about these new pockets here.
Quick Hits
  • Finally, we have Ute backpacks in foliage and coyote on the way. You can buy them here. As a reminder, also add the Prairie Belt that you need to your cart and then use the coupon code "utebelt" to remove the price of the belt from your order total.
  • MOGfest This coming Saturday, we'll be set up at the Manufacturer's of Outdoor Gear festival. Those of you on the western slope of Colorado, swing by and say hello.
  • New Tale - "Was I Close"
  • multicam Recon Kit Bags - based on responses to our "limited runs" forum thread, we're going to give multicam another chance in the form of a run of mc Recons. It will probably be a month before we have them. In the meantime, email info@hillpeoplegear.com if you would like to be placed on the notification list for this product.
  • Silnylon Stuff Sacks We have pricing on our 717 and 915 stuff sacks, and we should have them available for purchase soon. You can read more about them here.
  • V2 Shoulder Harnesses We've been slowly phasing in V2 Shoulder Harnesses across our product line. The upgrades consist of padding that extends underneath the bottom buckle, and bungy cord bottle (or glove or whatever) holders on both shoulders. This upgraded harness has added $5 to the price wherever it shows up. The price on Tarahumaras that have the upgraded harness is $125. So far the only color of Tara with the upgraded harness is ranger green, but it will soon be present on the other colors as well. You can see a picture of the upgraded style here.
The Family Road Trip
This spring, we've taken a couple of trips of a different kind than we normally do. Here's a reminder that in a time when most folks are on a tight budget, fun and adventure can be yours for not much more investment than a tank of gas or two. Camping out of a car lets you and - more importantly - your kids get out there and see some new things in a pretty easy fashion. It is an order of magnitude less work to organize for a family car camping trip than a family backpacking trip. The quality and cost bar for gear is a lot lower too because you can always get in the car and drive home if the weather goes south or the tent fails. With the money you save on motels, eat at a restaurant or stop by that ice cream stand. We all yearn for and need the kind of solitude that comes from being a ways into the backcountry, but don't overlook the value of a family road trip. Have a great spring!
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Umlindi Pack | Now Available for $220
We have ranger / khaki Umlindis in stock and shipping. This pack is proving popular for folks looking for a large shoulder only or lumbar pack. We're undecided on whether to produce this pack in coyote or foliage. We've already burned through an entire production run on the khaki / ranger combo but only have about 4 people on the notification list for either of the other colors. If you really want an Umlindi in one of the other two colors, email info@hillpeoplegear.com letting us know. We're also offering a combination deal for $20 off of a Prairie Belt if purchased in combination with an Umlindi. You can read more about the Umlindi here.
Shepherd Stove | Coming Soon
For over two years now, we've been working on bringing to market what we think is our most innovative product to date. Our man portable woodstove is designed for easy setup (under a minute) and maximum burning performance. It is also lighter than comparably sized box stoves. There have been lots of twists and turns to the process including a very useful level of refinement added by our engineer friend Matt Yore at Sawtooth Rifles. Because this is a new medium for us and we're working with a new vendor, there may be some additional hiccups but the end is in sight. Take a look at the "In Detail" page and watch the video.
Quick Hits
  • Ever hear of a piebald elk? Neither had we, until we saw one in our home wilderness area. Took a while to be sure of what we were looking at. Some web research proved that we weren't crazy -- at least about the existence of a mostly white elk. We've seen it a couple of times now. Strong medicine.
  • The 915 ($25) and 717 ($20) silnylon stuff sacks are in stock and shipping. For 2 ounces apiece, they're a really lightweight way to carry emergency overflow capacity with you. The 717 is sized to go on the back of a Tara, Ute, or Umlindi. The 915 is sized to go on top of a Ute. It just happens that it works really well to break down your AR and carry it in two 717s, one on each side of your Ute. Not that there would ever be a reason to do that.
  • Compression Straps - We now have 3 different types of compression straps available for purchase. These straps are identical to those found on the Ute. They work really well for adapting our compression panels to a wide variety of 3rd party frames. Available only in ranger green.
  • McMillan Stocks for Ruger Scout Rifles - As some of you may know, Scot has been working with McMillan since SHOT show this past January to make some of their stocks available for the Ruger Scout. His personal rifle became the test mule, and it just came back with a very useful HTG stock on it. I hesitate to say it, but shouldering the RGS in the HTG stock almost made my custom Mauser obsolete that very moment. You can read more about it and see a picture here.
  • Facebook - A reminder that we post a new picture on our Facebook page every day. If you're already on FB, you can "like" us and sometimes see what we post show up in your feed. If you're not on FB, you don't have to be. You can go to the link above and ignore the prompt to join Facebook. You can still see what we're posting there.
Summer Gathering | July 26th - 28th, Western Colorado
We're hosting a casual family car camp get together up in the aspen woods about 45 minutes west of Grand Junction next weekend. All are welcome, and we can bring gear to show if people are interested. It's mostly about good fellowship with good folks. We'll for sure be running our new Shepherd Stove almost continuously for the whole weekend. More details on the event can be found here, or contact us directly at info@hillpeoplegear.com. No shenanigans, unless you're under the age of 12 in which case shenanigans are to be expected.
A note from Evan
Every day, I'm reminded by phone and email what a great group of people our customers are. Many of you have become friends or were before HPG and that is by far the greatest benefit to being in this business. Things can get busy and my personal correspondence often slips. Don't take it personally. Sometimes it's like drinking from a firehose and I have to get focused to get essential things done. The wheel will come around again. It always does. Thanks for your continued support.
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12/13/2013 6:42 PM
 
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Holiday Sale and Shipping Information
We're thanking our customers again this year with a 5% off sale on all of our products. The sale will run through the very end of December. To get the discount, you need to enter the coupon code "holiday" at checkout. If you're ordering a Ute or Umlindi with Prairie Belt, go on ahead and use the coupon code for the Prairie Belt and then send us a follow up email so we can refund you the holiday discount as well. Shipping is always interesting this time of year. We've been shipping via USPS Priority mail for over a year now. It usually takes 2-3 days to arrive about anywhere. This fall, the USPS started guaranteeing arrival dates with either 2 or 3 day ship times. We were curious to see if they would be able to keep those timelines during the holiday rush. Anecdotally, we've learned that they're not always making their timelines. Theoretically, you can order with us up until the 19th and still get your item before Christmas. We recommend that you try to get your ordering done earlier if possible.
Shepherd Stove | $375 (without pipe)
We now have both large stoves and 4 inch stovepipes in stock and shipping. The stove is $375 and the 90" stovepipe with integral damper arrangement is $75. We've had universally good feedback from early users who used the Shepherd Stove with adapters and 3 inch pipes. This includes a crew of NPS employees who used one in their warming shelter during a couple of months of fieldwork this fall in Alaska. There are lots of photos and details on our Shepherd Stove "In Detail" page.
Logo Gear | you can't cheat the mountain
There's a whole lot of chest beating surrounding backcountry travel. Here at HPG, we always try to remember that "you can't cheat the mountain". Maybe most days you get lucky, but the mountain always has the final word. This holiday season, we're introducing a new logo t-shirt in long sleeve chocolate brown lightweight synthetic tech fabric. The printing is in a subdued khaki and we've left the torso completely clear of printing for breathability. The left sleeve says "Hill People Gear" with the skull logo and the right sleeve says "you can't cheat the mountain". We also have our lightweight cotton ball caps in stock in khaki and in charcoal right now.
New Products | focus on organization
We've got some new organizational type products in the pipeline:
  • Attache - this is a compression pocket meant for the back of the Umlindi. It has a padded laptop sleeve and a full size velcro loop / PALS panel. It also works quite well stand alone with the supplied strap.
  • Tarainsert - this is a HDPE stiffened velcro loop / PALS panel (First Spear 6/12) that adds structure and organizational options to the inside of a Tarahumara pack. With the included grimloc, it also hangs nicely inside of our other packs as well.
  • HPG Medium GP - We've taken First Spear's excellent medium general purpose pocket design and tweaked it to our own purposes. This size works well inside of the Highlander, on the Tarainsert, and on the front of Recon Kit Bags. It is backed with 6/9, a lightweight PALS compatible attachment system.
  • New Umlindi Color - To go along with the more urban bias of the Attache, we're doing at least one run of Umlindis in a two tone foliage / stone color combination. It is scheduled for this month.
  • First Spear Small GP - We're now stocking First Spear's small general purpose pocket. It is backed with 6/9 so it mounts very nicely on an HPG Shoulder harness (as will any one column PALS pouch).
Events | Early 2014
  • SHOT - We'll be at SHOT again this year, but not exhibiting. If you'd like to schedule a meeting, please send an email to info@hillpeoplegear.com and include SHOT in the subject line.
  • Winter Gathering - We're holding a backcountry winter gathering within a couple of hours of Grand Junction, CO on March 8-9th. For more information, check out the forum thread.
Fall Travels | Western Colorado
We've had the good fortune of going on a couple of really good journeys this fall, and have taken the time to write them up in detail. Hopefully one of them will inspire you to get out and get it done. The overland bicycle trip is one that you can put together a lot of places in this world. There are cracks and nooks and crannies to explore wherever you are.
Keep it in perspective
At least based on our sales this month, people are feeling more bullish than last holiday season. It's always good to feel optimistic about the world and we're grateful that many of you are choosing to support our small family owned business. Please remember that time is really our most precious commodity, the scarcity of which affects all of us. Take some time this year to focus on what is most important to you and make sure you're giving it its just due. Happy Holidays from all of us at HPG.
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5/2/2014 5:37 PM
 
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Gatherings


The late winter / early spring gathering has come and gone, and it was far too short. We had attendees from both coasts and a really good mix of folks. You can read the report here. Also, stay tuned to our YouTube channel for a video covering the gathering. All of which brings us to our upcoming summer gathering...

June 28th - July 1st, Collbran CO
This is a car camping event with a strong family orientation. We've scheduled it for four days the weekend before 4th of July weekend (Saturday - Tuesday) so folks can coordinate it with a longer family vacation. Exact location TBD, but we're currently planning to have it somewhere in the high country between the town of Collbran and McClure Pass. Right now, it's still under snow (and still snowing off and on) so we'll have to wait to pick an exact spot. You can keep up to date on the event on our forum thread or on the FaceBook event page.
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Ken Galbraith
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We've recently recognized a couple of professional users for their long term support of HPG. You can read more about them here. You might also find a series of forum threads documenting Ken's recent trip to Peru entertaining and educational. We certainly did! Those are located in the Out There section of our forum.
Limited Runs
For those of you who don't know, we have been doing a fair number of limited runs. These are special color runs of a certain product that we have had enough requests for to offer a single run of. The rules are different for these limited runs. Unlike all of our other products, we take payment up front before making the product to ensure there is enough demand to warrant the run. The Limited Runs page covers it all in more detail. Currently we are accepting pre-orders on the following products:
  • Tarahumara pack in Kryptek Highlander
  • Tarahumara pack in two tone diamond grey ripstop / foliage
  • Runner's Kit Bag in diamond grey ripstop with foliage trim
Remember that 15 of any item in a single color is usually enough for us to do a run. So if you're looking to make a group or unit purchase in a color that we don't regularly stock, we can make that happen.
Speaking of Color
We're working on optimizing our line to focus on the colors that people are buying at the same time as we experiment with more civilian looking two-tone earth tone color combinations.
Welcome Brooke!
Anyone who has ordered something from us in the last handful of months has benefited from Brooke's expertise, maybe without knowing it. We're very lucky to have Brooke's shipping experience and she has turned out to be an even better fit with what we're about than we hoped. This past fall, neither her husband nor son connected with an elk. Brooke was bummed not to have the meat in the freezer, but also somewhat relieved not to have to do a bunch of cutting and wrapping. Enough said. You can read more about her here.
Mountain Serapes
We recently received word that the Missouri plant that produces our Mountain Serapes will be closing this summer if they don't find a buyer. Buy more Mountain Serapes to keep Americans employed! Seriously, our contract with them isn't very big in the scheme of things. We're investigating other possibilities, one of which is going back to production in El Salvador. We'll do our best to ensure that we have a steady supply of Serapes despite a likely vendor change, but there could be some availability problems mid to late summer.
New Product Development
As you know, we're a small family owned company (despite having First Spear's production muscle behind us). That means everyone wears lots of hats. It also means that significant initiatives like new product development can get easily derailed if someone, particularly Evan, has to devote time and energy to something else. 2014 is simply going to be a year when other commitments impinge on Evan's ability to drive new product development like normal. We do have things in the pipeline and will continue to make every effort to move them forward, but the pace won't be what it usually is. The pace of new product development should pick back up in 2015. Thanks for understanding.
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8/15/2014 6:57 PM
 

New Website
This summer, we decided it was time to focus our energy on a significant upgrade to our web infrastructure. In addition to a completely new backend and updated look (that is more mobile device friendly), we've added three big improvements.

The HPG equipage taxonomy is a systematic approach to thinking about backcountry living systems -- what you need to carry and when. For seasoned backcountry travelers, it may serve as nothing more than a way of understanding under which circumstances each piece of gear we offer is most useful. For everyone else, we hope it serves as a good introduction to their own integration with a backcountry or austere environment -- regardless of whether they ever buy a stitch of gear from us.

Our product catalog is much streamlined with a number of filter options, product attributes, and a product comparison feature. This allows customers to easily determine which of our products go with which, which of the equipage levels they are most appropriate for, and exact weights among other things.

We now accept credit card payments through McMillan Merchant Services. MMS is a payment processor that was started specifically as a pro 2nd amendment choice in the face of so many anti-constitutional banking practices. We're proud to support the McMillan family in their effort to develop an independent pro-constitution financial infrastructure. PayPal is still available as a trusted 3rd party payment option for customers who are more comfortable using that.
Summer Gathering
We thought our summer gathering was a great time! Folks came from as far away as Denmark. No, they didn't travel to America *just* for our gathering... but they made it part of their schedule and we're glad they did. You can read Freya's reflections here. The location and timing worked out so well that we've already scheduled next year's -- June 26 - 29th, 2015. In case you haven't seen it yet, Patrick LaValley finished our winter gathering highlights video. If you want to see what HPG looks like through the eyes of a professional's lens, this is your chance.
Limited Runs
We've got more than the usual number of limited runs queued up this month. Here's what we've got coming up:
  • Tarahumara in black
  • Snubby Kit Bag in black
  • Umlindi Pack in multicam
  • Original Pattern Snubby in coyote - if you haven't seen our original pattern snubby, it is the small snubby footprint but with the pocket layout of the original KB. Check out the product page for more pictures and information. We've got a few left from the foliage run we did as well. We're not certain if this will be a regular stocking item or a periodic limited run, so get them when they're available.
The limited run procedure has changed a bit. At least right now, we're not doing pre-orders with payment information. We maintain a notification list of interested people and send an email to everyone when the item is in stock. At that point it is first come first serve. As always, if you would like to be placed on the notification list for a particular item, email info@hillpeoplegear.com letting us know that you'd like to be placed on the list. A different email for each item you're interested in works best.
Kit Bag Draw Detail
Yes, we've already got a video on drawing from the Kit Bag. Scot thought we were long overdue for an updated video with lots of detail. Give it a watch and we think you'll agree with Scot.
Heavy Recon Kit Bag
When we were planning the Recon Kit Bag, we kicked around basing it on the original pattern instead of the Runner's pattern. We decided not to do that at the time because a full thickness original with even more stuff hanging off of the front was not a good idea. It's still not a good idea, but we've continued to work on that concept off and on since then. We've also continued to test different variations of internal organization, partly due to requests from specialized units, partly for our own uses. Evan hasn't been carrying a bone stock Kit Bag for over a year. When our manufacturing partner First Spear introduced their 6/12 fabric it really solved some weight, bulk, and heat problems as well. All of that fiddling around has resulted in the final iteration of what we refer to as the "Heavy Recon Kit Bag". It has all of the tacti-cool goodies thrown in, while still maintaining some semblance of the low profile look that is important to us. You can read more about it here. If you're already thinking you want to be notified when it is available (pricing TBD), email info@hillpeoplegear.com asking to be placed on the notification list.
We hope this email finds you and yours doing well and enjoying the final weeks of summer!
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12/4/2014 1:39 PM
 
Christmas Shopping
This year we decided to splurge a little and do a 7% Christmas sale. We appreciate the support of our great customers and want to help everyone out who was planning on putting HPG under the tree. This applies to all of our products and is good through the end of the December (yes, even after Christmas). As far as shipping times are concerned, our shipping standard is next business day. However, we usually hit same day if you order during the first half of the day. Our normal $5 - $12 shipping method is USPS Priority. This gets packages delivered in 2-3 days most of the year. By comparison, 2 day shipping through UPS is $40+. We've learned that USPS has a hard time meeting that 2-3 day window during the holiday season. So we'd recommend ordering by December 18th. We can accomodate different shipping methods via special request (info@hillpeoplegear.com) but honestly the best choice is to get your order in by the 18th -- no special handling required.
Logo Beanie | $25
Every year we introduce a new logo item in December. This year, we found an item that we like a lot. It is a fitted and contoured beanie made out of Polartec Power Stretch. This is a great fabric for a beanie, as it cuts the wind a little bit, wicks moisture well, and is light enough for wearing while you're moving. Color is grey with a subdued logo.
Coming Soon | Lever Action Accessory Mount
We get approached by a lot of companies who are interested in bartering for gear. Some good, some... not so good. When Unity Tactical reached out, their products and services caught our eye. They have some very well thought out products themselves, but they also do a fair amount of aluminum and steel OEM work. We've had a couple of different firearms parts designs on the shelf for a while now, largely for want of an OEM to work with. So we handed off our lever action accessory mount design to see what would come of it. The folks at Unity were extremely responsive and very quickly iterated past our original design based on strength analysis. The end result is what you see here. It is a matte black anodized aluminum clamshell design that encases the barrel and mag tube on just about any centerfire (non-octagonal barreled) lever action. The inner surfaces are contoured to solidly grip a variety of tube thicknesses. It mounts just forward of the forend and has a piece of picatinny spec rail that can be mounted on any one of 6 surfaces. It also has a removable sling stud that can be placed on either side. We tried to keep it as slick and traditional looking as possible. It will certainly be the answer for mounting a weapon light on your lever action. With the addition of a second piece of pic rail on the top surface, it may also be the answer for mounting a red dot. Time will tell on whether it is solid enough for no POI shift with a red dot. If you're already thinking you want to be notified when it is available (pricing TBD), email info@hillpeoplegear.com asking to be placed on the notification list.
Product Status
There are lots of production items to cover in this newsletter:
  • Mountain Serapes - The good news is that the US factory that has been producing Mountain Serapes is now planning to stay open for the foreseeable future and has been producing a lot of Serapes in the last 6 weeks. The bad news is that we're still not caught up with demand. As batches of Serapes have come in, we've been notifying folks on our list on a first in / first out basis. If you're already on the list, you could cut in line by periodically jumping on the product page and trying to buy. If that's not your deal, sit tight and we'll get to you. We're trying for enough production during the month of December to completely satisfy everyone on our lists and then some. Not certain whether that will happen, but we'll see a good chunk of production this month. Email info@hillpeoplegear.com to be placed on the notification list. Please specify color.
  • Heavy Recon Kit Bags - These are currently in stock in all colors.
  • Multicam Umlindis - We have a few of these left.
  • Blaze Orange Snubby - We have a handful of these left over from a special order.
  • Limited Edition Taras ($160) - We have a couple of these left over from a special order. They have dual zipper pulls and the interior is lined with 6/12 fabric like the Palspocket is. Available in Kryptek Typhon or Multicam.
  • original Kit Bags in Black - We're doing another run of these. They'll be available by early January, and perhaps before. Email info@hillpeoplegear.com to be placed on the notification list.
  • original Kit Bags - Sales have been very strong since we started our sale and we're mostly out of original Kit Bags. We'll have a re-supply of ranger green by the end of next week, and hopefully of foliage and coyote not too long thereafter. Email info@hillpeoplegear.com to be placed on the notification list. Please specify color.
Fall Trips
It's been a different year than most with limited time to get out, but we've got a couple of good fall trips to report on:
Upcoming Events
  • SHOT Show - We're going to be in the SOLKOA booth for the entirety of the show this year. We'll be displaying many of our products in support of their governmental "go bag" sales which make use of our products as containers. Swing by to say hello and learn more about SOLKOA's packaged offerings. You can still schedule with us by emailing info@hillpeoplegear.com, but our time for side meetings will be limited due to staffing the booth full time.
  • Winter Gathering | Feb 20 - 22 - We'll once again be hosting a winter backcountry gathering this year. Exact location is TBD based on snow and road conditions, but it will be in Western Colorado. This is a muscle powered event requiring you to carry in your own camping gear using snowshoes or skis. However, we try to keep the barrier to entry pretty low. We can help you out with loaner gear and we also keep the distance to the campsite under a couple of miles. If you're on Facebook, you can join the event here.
We sincerely appreciate your continued support of our family owned business. Blessings on you and yours this holiday season.
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4/24/2015 4:57 PM
 
Spring, and a New Year
We're cranking on lots of fronts this year. New products, new colors, new shop location, etc.. We've got so many new things in the hopper that we're only going to cover the ones that we think are about ready in this newsletter. If you've seen other things talked about that aren't mentioned here, it just means they're still in process. Without further ado...
Aston House Pack | $365
The Aston House pack is named after the real life version of "Q Branch" of James Bond fame. Like the products produced by Aston House, this pack has a whole host of hidden features and capabilities all wrapped up in an innocuous looking package. The overall size of 11"x8"x21" is well suited for travel, urban day use, and a variety of backcountry scenarios. The product page is here. However, the YouTube video is required watching to get a handle on what this pack is about.

We also have a new larger version of the TaraInsert called the AstonInsert ($30). It is sized to go with this pack, but also works well as an insert for the Umlindi or the Ute backpacks.
Organizer Bucket | $12
The Organizer Bucket, small / short is a simple but useful item that spent WAY too much time as a one-off in Evan's Kit Bag. It will go on any velcro loop panel such as the inserts (Tara and Aston), Palspocket, and Aston House pack. Where it really shines is inside the main compartment of a Heavy Recon Kit Bag. It keeps those frequent use items right at the top of the main compartment easily zipper accessible but out of the elements. The small / short (the only size currently available) works for point and shoot cameras, rangefinders, GPS units, and compact (x25) binoculars. The product page is here.
Stock Cuff | $25
You'd think it would be easy to swing by the sporting goods store and pick up a good stock mounted cartridge holder. After too many disappointing trips, we put together the one we wanted. Domestic equivalent Hypalon construction is light weight, tough, won't soak or stretch, and is also non-slip. We used high quality 2" elastic, added a fixed butt loop to completely prevent walking forward, and a windowed slot on the offside for a data card.

In production in 30 caliber (30-30 through 30-06) variant in both left and right hand versions. The product page is here. We're working through some last minute cordage supply issues and should have these in stock the first week of May.
Pocket Harness | Coming Soon
We built a version of this a couple years ago for Andrew Isherwood to use in conjunction with a PalsPocket for an aid bag. It was a good concept that we took the time to finalize. The Pocket Harness is an unpadded and stripped down version of our shoulder harness with G-hook mounting. There are 2 G-hooks in the back to suspend the pocket from and 2 at the bottom to tie into the bottom corners of the pocket. It folds up to a package about the size of a deck of cards and weighs 5oz. Much of that weight is in the G-hooks but that was unavoidable given the benefit they add. It will work with any of our pockets (Palspocket, Tarapocket, Attache) and probably a lot of other items besides. The sternum strap is fixed position 3/4". This harness isn't as load capable as our standard harness from either a strength or comfort standpoint but fits the bill very nicely for those wanting to use a detachable pocket as a daypack on side trips. If you would like to be placed on the notification list, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
Recon Belt | Coming Soon
The Recon Belt is a stripped down version of our full featured Prairie Belt. We don't have costing yet, but it should be a less expensive alternative. It works well with our smaller packs like the Umlindi and Aston House and also makes for a good dedicated "battle belt". It only has the thin padding in it, and the padding isn't user configurable. Instead of stitched on PALS on the wings, we have First Spear's 6/12 PALS cut laminate fabric around the entire circumference of the belt. Because there are no stay pockets, this belt only works with packs that have the "lumbar flap" setup -- which is a lot of packs. If you would like to be placed on the notification list, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
New Colors
We have a couple of new colors to talk about. First is a two tone foliage / manatee color scheme. Manatee is a neutral grey with no color saturation that is identical in luminosity to the color known as wolf grey. We did a sample two tone Tarahumara up in these colors a year ago. There isn't a whole lot of difference between foliage and manatee, but used in combination they still offer a little bit more of a civilian look than a one color pack. Plus it just looks nice! This color scheme is available in our new Aston House pack and also in our Ute pack.

Orion Design Group is a veteran owned outfit out of Wyoming with their own camo pattern and some gear designs as well. We like them because they're more country than we are. In some circles that's saying something, and in other circles it doesn't mean a thing. These guys mostly run in those latter circles. We've got a couple products in their "lupus" transitional pattern coming down the pike. First, a very limited number of Ute Backpacks with 33+ belts. If you'd like to be placed on that notification list email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com. We're also doing a run of Tarahumara packs in lupus as well. If you'd like to be placed on that notification list email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com
Blue Force Gear Ten Speed Pouches
We've been through a variety of PALS admin and utility style pouches since we started putting PALS grids on some of our products. The one item that has stuck with us and become almost universal in our setups is the Ten Speed utility pouches by Blue Force Gear. We've decided to stock the ones that we've come to like the most for use with our products -- Recon and Heavy Recon KBs in particular. The product page is here.
Other Product Updates
  • Lever Action Accessory Mount - This is our first firearm accessory and we're taking our time with it. Testing of the initial prototype resulted in some tweaks and we should have generation two in our hands in the next couple of weeks. If it survives testing the way we want, we'll have them in stock pretty quickly. If we have to turn the crank again, well, who knows...
  • External Frame - We turned our first prototype over to a friend who welds bicycle frames for a living. He suggested a different production method and is already working on a couple of gen 2 prototypes. Ultimately, we'd like to see him produce these for us but we'll see how things go. We're hopeful that this method will help overcome the "prototype to production" gap that plagued our stove.
  • Medium Stove - Speaking of which, we've received the disheartening news that the new business manager who was starting to make our stove facility look good is "no longer with them". That is a very bad sign. We'll continue to produce large stoves there but don't have much confidence in getting a medium out the door anytime soon. Way too much brain damage when there are plenty of other irons in the fire that we don't have to fight to get to market.
  • Highlander Pocket / Pack - We thought we had sold out of Highlanders but a few more turned up at the warehouse. This pack is being discontinued due to slow sales so if you want one ever, this is your last chance. Available in coyote and in foliage.
  • Black Kit Bags - We currently have Kit Bags in black in stock.
  • Product Availability - The good folks at American Rifleman were kind enough to give us some editor's choice coverage in their magazine. We're well stocked right now with a good production forecast, but that might change with the AR coverage. If so, please bear with us. More sales means more resources to devote to new product development!
Nick Boyle | Product Specialist
Nick is a Wisconsin native. Listening to his father's stories of backpacking across the Grand Canyon sparked his passion for the outdoors. He began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Law Enforcement Ranger and currently works as a police officer in the Milwaukee area. Nick serves as a Patrol Officer and Firearms Instructor. He has training in a wide variety of law enforcement topics to include SWAT, active shooter response and marine law enforcement. In addition to his day job as a patrol officer, he teaches both shooting and wilderness skills for In Extremis Consulting. Nick is a WWII OSS and SOE history buff and active HAM radio operator. His keen eye for product function, solid grounding in backcountry skills, and monumental level of patience led us to recruit him for his part time role with us as a Product Specialist.
Upcoming Events
  • Summer Gathering | Jun 26 - 29 - Our Summer Gathering is coming up fast! We'll be at the same awesome site as last year at roughly 9k feet. Access is via a well maintained gravel road that runs between Collbran, CO and CO 133. This is a family oriented car camping event and a good time with great people. If you're on Facebook, you can join the event here.
  • SAC | Sep 3 - 6 - We're going to run a stage again this year at the Sniper Adventure Challenge. In addition to running an outdoor skills oriented stage, we're going to be on hand on the 3rd during check in to help competitors get their packs squared away for the event with proper fitting and perhaps the judicious addition of a compression strap here or there.
As summer approaches, make the most of your time but don't take any unnecessary risks. Remember, you can't cheat the mountain. Thanks for your continued support.
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7/2/2015 2:43 PM
 
Summer Gathering
We had a great group of folks at our summer get together this past weekend. Dogs and kids were the order of the day! Some good knowledge was dropped and lots of fellowship with friends old and new. We hold this every year the weekend before 4th of July weekend in Western Colorado. Get next year's event on your calendar now. We'd love to have you.
New Smaller Mountain Serape
Our new size medium Mountain Serape is a trimmed down version of the original. It is right on the line for someone who has a 46" chest and is 5'10". For smaller folks and those looking to pare down some, the size medium could be the way to go. It is 7" narrower in girth, 8" narrower in length, and 5 ounces lighter. Other than that it is the same as the original. We have both colors in stock and the product page is here.
Pocket Harness | $38
The Pocket Harness is an unpadded and stripped down version of our shoulder harness with G-hook mounting. There are 2 G-hooks in the back to suspend the pocket from and 2 at the bottom to tie into the bottom corners of the pocket. It folds up to a package about the size of a deck of cards and weighs 6oz. It will work with any of our pockets (Palspocket, Tarapocket, Attache) and probably a lot of other items besides. The product page is here.
SOLKOA contingency gear
We met the SOLKOA folks at a law enforcement event a couple of years ago. Even though they're just on the other side of the mountains, we had to travel to the east coast to meet them. We've since learned that the principal has 30 years of direct experience in Joint and Multi-Agency Personnel Recovery (PR) and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape (SERE) education, operations, and technologies. Some of those technologies remain classified, but many of those that aren't are now available under SOLKOA's S3 brand. We get a lot of questions about where to go for good survival gear and we're now stocking some of S3's offerings to help answer that question. Currently we have the fire module, signal module, and the complete Mountain Kit which has everything you need for a "drop it in your daypack and go" solution. SOLKOA items can be found in our store's new "Sundries" category.
OV / HPG Under Pack (UP) Belt | $18
After a fair amount of experimentation, we settled on a double layer of 1.5" 17337 webbing as the best compromise between stiffness and suppleness for use in an under pack pants belt. Our buckle of choice was a standard ladderlock which worked OK. Then our friends at Oneiros Valley Innovations sent us a sample of their UP (Under Pants) belt. It is a velcro based belt with a unique closure mechanism. The rear portion of the belt has a loop on it that the front portion of the belt goes through. This allows you to easily adjust the tension on this buckle-less belt. We asked them to do a collaborative version of their belt using our webbing setup of choice and a couple of other details. This belt is fairly thin and behaves more like clothing than a belt -- which is nice under a pack. On the other hand, it is just stiff enough to adequately support an IWB or trigger guard holster for when you're in transit to the trail. These will be in stock soon in three overlapping sizes that cover waist sizes from 28" to 46". If you would like to be placed on the notification list, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
Other Product Updates
  • Black Tarahumara Packs - This is a color that we do once a year. We have them in stock now.
  • Multicam Umlindi Packs - We're spinning up a run of these now. If you'd like to be placed on the notification list, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Black Snubby Kit Bag - We've never done a run of these and it will probably be a long time before we do one again. Should be available in the next few weeks. If you'd like to be placed on the notification list, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • ODG Lupus Ute - We have a couple of these extremely rare packs left. We never ended up putting them up for sale on the website. If you'd like one, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Recon Belts | $75 - These really are just around the corner. Next couple of weeks. Initially, we're doing all three sizes in ranger, and mediums in foliage and in multicam. If you want to be notified when they're available email info@hillpeoplegear.com.
Upcoming Events
  • SAC | Sep 3 - 6 - We're going to run a stage again this year at the Sniper Adventure Challenge. In addition to running an outdoor skills oriented stage, we're going to be on hand on the 3rd during check in to help competitors get their packs squared away for the event with proper fitting and perhaps the judicious addition of a compression strap here or there.
In the community, in the mountains
We've been involved with a local BSA Venture Crew this year. Venture Crew is a co-ed program for kids over 14. It's a great opportunity for kids to spread their wings and challenge themselves in the outdoors. And an even better chance for adult advisors to give back and learn some things themselves. Here's a trip report from a backpacking trip that took place this spring. Hopefully it will inspire you to get involved yourself. Have a great summer!
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8/7/2015 4:07 PM
 
Fifth Anniversary
In some ways hard to believe, in other ways it feels like we've been at this much longer. But yes it's our 5th anniversary. In celebration, we're marking all Kit Bags (the product that started it all) and accessories down by 5%. This will be in force for the entire month of August. You could wait until our 10th anniversary for a 10% sale but that would be a long time to be without a Kit Bag!
Tool Roll | $37
This organizational wonder is constructed out of durable and stretchy tweave fabric. It is very light at 3 ounces, but when full expands to hold the contents of an entire Kit Bag. There is a panel of Velcro hook on the back for mounting on loop surfaces and it can also be stowed loose inside of larger bags. It has seven different pockets in various sizes and is organized so nothing falls out when you unroll it. The footprint lends itself to use inside of full width Kit Bags and for mounting on Aston House, AstonInsert, TaraInsert, and Palspocket. This will be available by mid August. To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. The product page is here.
Black! (limited availability products)
For those of you who want black kit, we have a whole slew of black products either currently available or coming soon:
Multicam! (limited availability products)
For those of you who want multicam kit, we have quite a few multicam products either currently available or coming soon:
  • 33+ Recon Belt - This is the first time we've ever offered any belt in multicam. The Recon Belt is well suited for use with the Umlindi pack and also as a stand alone battle belt. It is currently available.
  • Umlindi Pack - Coming Soon. To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Heavy Recon Kit Bag - Coming Soon. To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com
See us on the front range | Sept 19, CoS
Our last event with SOLKOA Survival Systems went so well, we're doing it again. This time, we're beefing things up a bit and giving folks more lead time to get it on their calendar. Here's what's on the day's schedule:
  • 9-4 - Free pack fittings. Bring your favorite pack and we'll get it adjusted to perform it's best.
  • 9-4 - The entire SOLKOA S3 and HPG lines on display and available for purchase.
  • 11-12 - "Using your smartphone as a backcountry device" class by Evan of HPG
  • 12-1 - "Survival Priorities" class by Bart of S3. Bart is one of the foremost SERE experts in the nation.
  • 1-130 - Free gear raffle. Must be present to win.
This is at SOLKOA's Colorado Springs location. You can see more details and join the event on Facebook. The event is still a work in progress and we're likely to add a few more things before we call it good. This is a good chance to see products in person, fellowship with great folks, and get some free training.
HPG Wind Cheater | Proof of Life
No, we don't have a price. No, we don't have a timeline on production. But we do have a correct production sample and that's something. So consider this a teaser of good things to come. This is the First Spear Windcheater with sleeve pockets removed and the awesome HPG "Cargo Napolean / Handwarmer" pocket setup added. The hood is also plumbed to accept an optional zip on coyote fur ruff. If you're interested in updates on this product, email info@hillpeoplegear.com
Sniper Adventure Challenge | Sep 3-6
This event is coming up quickly. We're going to run a stage again this year. In addition to running an outdoor skills oriented stage, we're going to be on hand on the 3rd during check in to help competitors get their packs squared away for the event with proper fitting and perhaps the judicious addition of a compression strap here or there. Speaking of which, thanks to SAC competitor Jayden Quinlan for his great coverage of the Ute in the most recent issue of SWAT Magazine.
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12/1/2015 9:49 AM
 
Snow came strong this year and is holding on pretty well in the high country. We got a white Thanksgiving and may well have a white Christmas too. As in years past, we are having a storewide holiday sale now through the end of the month. Please cherish what you have this holiday season, and thanks for your support of our small family business this year.
Connor Pocket / Pack | $205
Many of you miss our discontinued Highlander. We're pretty confident that you'll like its successor - the Connor - even more. The Connor has more organizational options than its predecessor and is also better geared to be used as a pack. It is available in two modes - as a pack with framesheet, stay, shoulder harness, and load lifters ($205); and as a pocket only ($148). All of the pieces are also available separately if you want to piece things together using items you already have. They're not in stock just yet, but should be within the next week or so.
To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. The product page is here.
Recon Harness | $46
The Kit Bag was primarily designed to be worn under a pack. As many have found out, it works nicely by itself and we periodically get requests to "put PALS on the back harness". The Recon Harness is our response to that request. It replaces the harness on any Kit Bag and provides a PALS grid as well as a bladder sleeve and bungy stowage system. If you're looking to carry just a little bit more gear than a Kit Bag by itself, this might meet that need. Like the Connor, not quite in stock yet but should be soon. To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. The product page is here.
Dark Angel Medical
Ever since we were first exposed to it, we've been big believers in civilians getting TCCC based trauma training. Continuing world events only reinforce that belief. We recently got together with Dark Angel Medical to come up with a minimalist trauma kit primarily for backcountry use. It is based on their Pocket D.A.R.K. Jr, but in a wide and flat form factor that goes nicely in pockets such as the slot pocket on a Kit Bag. If you're already trained, you'll recognize the purpose and limitations of this particular kit and can evaluate it accordingly. D.A.M. offers a variety of other trauma kits so you can take your pick if our version isn't robust enough for you. If you're not trained, find a class! Dark Angel Medical offers accredited TCCC based trauma training, but they're not the only ones. Do your research and make it happen.
Other Product Updates
  • Ladies T-Shirts - We have ladies' "Can't Cheat The Mountain" short sleeve Ts in stock right now. These are women's cut shirts with a little bit of an hourglass to them, modest V-neck, and cap sleeves.
  • Wind Cheater - We drastically underestimated demand and our first run came and went very quickly. There are just a few left in size Small. And also just a few of the optional coyote fur ruffs left. We're expecting a much bigger order in February. Colors available will be solid coyote and solid manatee grey. To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Mountain Parka - For those of you keeping tabs on our waterproof breathable shell project, we should have a production sample in the next few weeks. No timeline, no pricing, but a step in the right direction.
  • Size Medium Stove - CAD redesign of this smaller size is nearly complete and production facilities have been identified. Another step in the right direction.
  • External Frame Pack - Prototype iteration number 3 is nearly complete. Production facilities have mostly been identified.
  • Lever Action Accessory Mount - We got all the way to production on this and then it turned out we'd need to sell it for $125 +. Too much for what it was. Now it's being re-engineered based on our original design. The Lever Action Light Mount will be bottom pic only and should be considerably less expensive to produce.
Upcoming Events
  • SHOT Show (January 19-22) Las Vegas - We'll be in the same location as last year - booth 32513. Southeasternmost corner of the Southeasternmost room on the upper level (behind Crye). It's best to drop by if you'd like to talk to us. However, we do have more folks coming this year (Nick and Ken) so we'll have a little bit more time for scheduled meetings. If you would like to schedule a meeting, email info@hillpeoplegear.com.
  • Winter Skills Training (Feb 5-7) Colorado - Save the date. We're evolving our winter gathering into a more structured training event featuring Ken Galbraith. We're also going to run it out of a heated structure with group kitchen to welcome folks who aren't completely sure they're ready for a backcountry trip in the winter. Stay tuned for details.
Adventures of Ken
In case you don't know who Ken Galbraith is, you can read more here. We're lucky enough to vicariously travel the world with him on some of his teaching trips. Follow along on recent trips to Rotavi Game Reserve and the Atacama Desert in the "Out There" section of our forum.
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2/19/2016 3:25 PM
 
CO Winter Skills Training | March 18-20
This is the first full-on training course we've offered. $100 covers cabin or bunkhouse style room and board for 3 days and two nights. There is no charge for the training itself -- which may be the only time this is the case. We've got an information and activity packed curriculuum put together that is easily accessible to a person with zero skills and equipment, but still has something to offer even experienced winter travelers. The venue is a nice location that is easily accessible from both Denver and Colorado Springs. There are still some slots available. You can read more and sign up here.
Product Availability
Yes, we've been plagued with product availability problems since mid-December. And we're not yet where we want to be. However, our manufacturer is slowly getting us stocked back up and things are getting better. As of today, here are some items we've mostly been out of that are available now: We have been getting some of these things through, but they've been going very quickly to people on notification lists for those items. As always, if you would like to be notified when something is available, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com. Please send a separate email for each item you would like to be notified about, and specify both the product and the color in the email. When we put products into inventory, the very first thing we do is notify everyone on the notification list so they get first crack at buying something they've been waiting for. Here are some items we expect to get in around February 25th (click the link to get on the notification list): And a list of items we expect to get in around March 3rd (click the link to get on the notification list): Thanks for bearing with us through this period. Our manufacturer is taking significant steps to change their processes so this doesn't happen again, and also to get us stocked back up as quickly as possible. It will take a little bit of time, though, because there are so many things we have a lot of pent up demand for.
Yukon Cornelius Approved!
We produced these vinyl patches here in the US to give out at SHOT show. The few leftovers quickly sold out online. We figured it was only fair to do another run for the folks who missed out on the leftover sale. Those patches are now in stock.
Raven Concealment Vanguard 3 | $55
Many of you have asked for a trigger guard protector that accepts a light. Raven Concealment has cracked that nut. As it turns out, the solution is light specific holsters, not gun specific holsters. As long as the holster matches your light model, most pistols with that light mounted will work. Raven's solution also doubles as a minimalist IWB holster. We currently have the Surefire x300 holster in stock, and will have a couple more as they become available.
CO Direct Action Response Training | April 16-17
It's no secret that we believe in TCCC based training for everyone. As a result, we've arranged for Dark Angel Medical to conduct a D.A.R.T. Class here in Grand Junction in April. Direct Action Response Training fills a niche between military self-aid/buddy care training and civilian EMS training and is geared towards those with little to no medical training or background. It provides the student with critical, need-to-know information, which can be utilized in a myriad of situations and stresses the 'you don't know what you don't know' principle as well as DAM's principle of "Simplicity Under Stress". If you were going to have to travel for this class anyway, GJ is probably a less expensive place to stay than other locations. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Other Product Updates
  • Windcheater - February Windcheater delivery fell through. The solution was to move to US production which we wanted to do at some point anyway. Cost will go up by about $30. One critical note for you bigger fellows -- we have access to both 3XL and 4XL sizing. So far as we know, this is the only technical garment available in these sizes. We know demand in larger sizes is very low, so we're probably only ordering enough to satisfy people who are on the notification list. If you want one, definitely let us know. Specify size and color (coyote or manatee grey).
  • Mountain Parka - We'll see the production sample on Monday. It will take a while after that to validate the polartec neoshell fabric.
Late Winter
It's a good time of year to be getting out. Winter still has its grip in a lot of places, but even there you can often catch the midafternoon sun on a southern facing slope and feel the promise of spring. The hills are devoid of both hunters and recreationalists and the critters are moving around more. Remember that many animals are hard up against it right now and do your best not to disturb their feeding. Time to let things stretch out and start moving again!
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5/11/2016 8:48 AM
 
qui-Ya backpack | Available Soon - $450
The qui-Ya is our dedicated large volume multiday internal frame backpack. It is built on the same heavy duty chassis as the Ute backpack, but with a 28" frame and 29.5" overall height as well as a larger diameter bag. This yields an approximate ~5500 ci volume (conservatively). At a weight of 6.25lbs, the qui-Ya has a very favorable weight to volume / load capacity ratio.

The pack bag consists of a main compartment, 1.5" tall zippered top pocket, generous wand pockets, and a Velcro loop field on the underside of the zippered top lid. Materials include 1000d cordura on the suspension side and bottom, hypalon details, and 500d cordura for the rest. The chassis is dual 7000 series aluminum stays landed in the included Prairie Belt, our signature contoured shoulder harness, and an HDPE framesheet.

Just like its little brother the Ute, the qui-Ya can be expanded with a selection of optional back pockets depending on the user's needs. The addition of a back pocket increases volume and organization, but it also turns the pack into a load hauler frame as the situation warrants. The HPG-original pulley compression system controls load very effectively and also allows the pack to be collapsed to nearly empty while still maintaining excellent load cohesion.

It will be available for purchase towards the end of this month in both the ranger / khaki and foliage / manatee color combinations. Email info@hillpeoplegear.com to get on the notification list. Please specify color.

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Windcheaters back in stock


We have Windcheaters back in stock. With this batch, production has moved to America which has raised the price to $215. It's now available in both coyote and manatee grey (pictured).

We haven't yet gotten in the extended sizes (2XL in manatee, 3XL, 4XL), so if you're on the notification list for one of these sizes hold tight -- we'll let you know.
Coyote fur ruffs (to go on Windcheaters and another garment we are working on) are also back in stock. These will zip right onto our Windcheaters with no modification needed.

While we're talking stock, we have most everything in stock most of the time now. Some things are coming and going pretty quickly but we're getting more stock regularly. If the item you want isn't in stock, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com specifying the product and color you want and we'll email you as soon as we have it back in stock.
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This year we've stepped up our video production efforts (now in HD) and have been dropping new videos pretty regularly on our YouTube channel. We're doing both product videos and "in the field videos". The product videos are all shot in the field as well and it's a rare video that doesn't include a non-human critter or two. If you like what you see, click the "subscribe" button on our channel to be immediately notified when we post a new video.
Product: Connor

(in stock, by the way)
In the field: Silver Plume


In the field: Cook System

Upcoming Events
Winter Skills Training Recap (video)
  • May 20-22 Overland Expo West - We'll have a booth at the event.
  • June 24-26 Colorado Summer Gathering - this is a social family oriented car camping event. We're considering changing the venue this year to something closer to Denver but the high country hasn't opened up enough yet to scout. If we don't change venue, it will be on the Buzzard Divide east of Colbran.
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