The Tamarisk

50 liters of minimalist, technical backcountry.

The genus common to several invasives which have taken the past century to make a monoculture of arid waterways the depth of the lower 48, tamarisk is tough, adaptable, and thanks to human influence, ubiquitous.  Pushing through it is a reminder that off trail a sleek, tough pack is essential; that in the ultralight information age 50 liters is adequate for almost all 3 season backcountry; that writ large speed and familiarity are as much a negative as a positive.  Today adventure exists in the shadows.

  • 38 inch top circumference
  • 34 inch bottom circumference
  • 36 inch unrolled height
  • 11 inch constant back width, 7 inch to 9 inch deep sides
  • Weight pending sufficient sample size
  • Single 1/2″ by 1/8″ 7075-T6 stay
  • 3″ wide by 3/10″ thick shoulder straps
  • 4″ wide by 1/4″ thick hanging hipbelt, fully removable
  • Externally accessed pad pocket
  • Fast, secure, big! side pockets
  • Drawcord belt pockets
  • Front reinforcement/slot pocket
  • No zippers, no velcro, 6 buckles total
  • Rolltop with top compression strap
  • Dual horizontal daisy chains, heavily reinforced
  • 330D Cordura/.5mm PET laminate main fabric with 500D Cordura pockets and reinforcement

The Tamarisk is a pack for technical, multiday wilderness pursuits.  The suspension provides maximal support at minimal weight and complexity, with both sustainable load carriage and flexibility for scrambling and bushwacking.  Lacking stays above shoulder height or load lifters loads above 30 pounds, especially with things like skis, will make themselves known, due to minor torso collapse.   Stronger folks, and those who want a very snug, dynamic load carry, will find the Tamarisk acceptable up to around 50 pounds.