We hit the trail a couple weeks back - Angels Rest - for a day in the gorge. It is an easy hike, that you can easily turn into a difficult hike with little to no effort. However, if keeping it easy is your jam on a Sunday afternoon with the parents, this is the place to to go. Not only does the look back through the gorge payoff when you reach the top, but you can hi-five all the other hikers on your way up. This is about a 7 on the busy scale mainly due to it's proximity to Portland - and that payoff.
The view from the top.
We also took the opportunity to test out a couple packs — The Chrome Urban Ex Rolltop — and the Kletter Flip from Kletterwerks. It was not a hike that requires too much in the way of things to pack - maybe a rain jacket (we didn't) or an extra coat (not that either). But, it did do well in holding that stash of pringles until we got to the top and a few waterbottles as well.
Kletter Flip - $229
Stylishly the way to go. As referenced in the previous post - Summer Fever Vol. 2 - this turquoise is so hot right now. So hot. This bag is the Jansport bag that you always wanted in middle school but never got - or got the cheap knock off - except it is the real deal, with a heritage that more than backs it up. It also has storage capabilities built into the flip part of it, so you can stash your bowie knife or mag light up there for when shit gets real. Or salted almonds, because sometimes shit gets more real when I get hungry than when I have a real use for a bowie knife.
Seriously now: you need to go and look at the HERITAGE section of the Kletterwerks site. If your parents have ever dragged you to an Erehwon Mountain Supply or if names like Dana Designs or Mystery Ranch mean anything to you, then you're on the right path. It is a pretty awesome trip down memory lane.
Chrome Ex Rolltop
I really like this bag. It works great as a day pack. I took it with me to both France and Japan this year as that tiny bag that would hold a couple cameras and a jacket if we were venturing out for a day. It is definitely a roll top which means that it is definitely waterproof. That also might be why it still smells like the beer that was left in the bottom of the can when we last went mountain biking. Which was who knows when.
There are some nice tote type handles at the top of this bag as well. Which makes it particularly awesome when you need to just walk around for a minute, maybe bring home your farmers market finds (people do that right? leafy greens?) or just get into the office without being either the "pan-yay" guy or the "backpack dude." What that really means is that the all-black ness of this bag makes it understated enough to take anywhere.
Ever since Kyle Kelley put out his Golden Saddle Hiking stripey socks, we couldn't resist taking our Kruzers on a hike as well. Basketball? What? And you know what, they're pretty awesome hikers. Really, they're just awesome socks. I couldn't find a link to the stripe socks but I did find this All City video that is pretty awesome and has some cool sock action in it as well (00:23! thanks Ty).
That was pretty much it. We blasted out, blasted up, got totally rained on and then the sun broke as we made it back to our car. Plus, the parents were stoked. Do yourself a favor and hit up Angels Rest, just do it in the middle of the week.