I was excited about pack animal after having some experience with the quality and workmanship of some tobacco motorwear products, so I backed the extra mile bag on Kickstarter only to be disappointed when it and the duffle arrived. The bags feel cheap from top to bottom, and the leather in particular feels thin and weak. A couple full loads, a couple weekend trips, and I'm sure they'll start failing. These bags simply don't come close to measuring up to Filson or other high-end products at their price point. While low quality products are frustrating, the even bigger problem I had was with customer service. Jeremy was obtuse in his messages, needed prompting to provide even basic information, and then was a full week late processing the refund (during which time he also didn't answer my emails requesting a status update). I'm finished with Pack Animal and Tobacco Motorwear after this poor experience.
I so want to love this bag, but it just isn't fitting my needs. It's clunky putting things in it and just doesn't have the organization. It's beautifully crafted, looks great, but just too small to be useful for me.
I havent used it yet but im confident ill be happy with it when i do. I bought the matching duffle and i LOVE that one. These bags/packs are built to last for sure!! Totally recommend pack animal products (i bought the coat too lol)
The bag seems tough as nails. The heavy canvas will obviously be durable. I got the camo version with matching duffel bag (also small and lean) and it looks great. It is a 20 liter bag so it is small but great as a basic day or book bag. Since it is such thick canvas don't expect it to stretch. The rip stop interior lining is nice and the exterior back pocket is great for sliding a note book or small items into and keeping them handy. The exterior pockets look sleek but I wish they were a bit larger. I can barely fit some standard sized bottles and travel coffee mug. Putting anything rigid in the pockets will displace that volume inward and reduce interior bag volume. The leather and brass looks great. My main wish would be to change the back pack's shoulder straps. They are naked leather without any bolstering or padding. They leave something wanting for sure. I am going to purchase/make some leather bolsters for them for sure. An adjustable across the chest strap would have been nice as well and allow for carrying heavier items with more comfort and less shifting of the pack. The leather and canvas should wear nicely and I look forward to beating this bag up on adventures.
It's clearly a well sorted rucksack. Made very traditionally, and built to last. I have a feeling this bag can take a lifetimes worth of wear, and then some more. Heavy duty waxed canvas, the lack of any plastic fittings is a welcomed break from typical mass produced bags. It's evident that every detail of this bag was considered carefully. Surprisingly roomy, larger on the inside than it appears. The naked leather shoulder straps are a little odd for a bag of this quality, but suspect they'll break in nicely after some use. Overall, a great pack. Nice work Pack Animal.