I could tell you how great Epperson Mountaineering gear is but without sounding lazy I think the brand info below, does a far better job of explaining why than I ever could and is well worth sharing. So check it out yall:
Mark Epperson, a world-wise man who loves the mountains, founded Epperson Mountaineering in 1973 in California. Mark’s vision back then is the same as it is today; he couldn’t find any other backpacks that satisfied his demanding need for high-quality packs. He believed that by utilizing highest quality materials, artisan craftsmanship, and innovative functional designs he could make great backpacks. Thus, he ambitiously embarked on an unending quest to create the perfect backpack. Gradually, as word spread about Mark Epperson’s backpacks, local outdoor enthusiasts sought the packs and consumer demand grew so that Mark eventually opened his own retail shop in Libby, Montana where he would make all the packs by hand one by one. As demand outstripped supply, Mark trained artisan pack makers to create Epperson Mountaineering backpacks for local people and consumers from around the world. Today, all Epperson Mountaineering products are made in U.S.A. by artisan pack makers with the best components such as 1000-denier Cordura, YKK #8 and #10 zippers, mil spec tubular webbing or exclusive Indian pattern webbing, and reinforced seam-sealed inner compartments to guarantee long-term strength and durability. Honoring Mark’s wishes for everlasting quality, all Epperson Mountaineering products are continuously scrutinized with careful attention to detail and persistent concentration on new ways to improve the backpacks.
Pretty damn cool huh? And just to further illustrate how great they are, have a look at their AW13 collection, which features a colourful range of climb/day packs and totes all made from hi-spec, super durable materials.