Like that one scene from The Empire Strikes Back, hauling all my gear around sometimes makes me feel like I’ve got Yoda on my back, nagging at me to become a faster, stronger Jedi (oh, how I wish I were a Jedi!). All my stuff can be a burden when I’m traversing the city on foot or cycling up hills. Timbuk2’s Hemlock backpack helps lighten the load while reminding me that backpacks don’t have to be big and ugly to be practical.
Earlier today, we got to take a rare tour of the Timbuk2 bag factory here in San Francisco, as part of the SFMade week. The company, known for its durable, high quality and completely customizable bike messenger bags, has an at-home production line to make manufacturing orders as efficient as possible.