Take a Hike

By The Editors
June 21, 2013 9:00 am

From all those hiking trails scattered throughout the city to all those gentlemen relieving themselves on the BART, we’re so close to the wilderness here in SF.

For a rucksack that’ll serve you well in both environs, head over to Flint Outdoors.

Handmade to order by Matt Katsaros in his Cole Valley workshop, this one-man company’s rucksacks and rolltops are as tough as they are handsome, and perfectly at home in the woods.

Matt’s rugged canvas backpacks can manage all your essentials – laptop included – and they’re knit with leather that tans as it’s exposed to the sun.

The real charms, though, are the details Matt chooses: pen-holders, newspaper sleeves and accordion pockets that suggest it’s OK to unplug, go analog for a while, just wander with your thoughts, man.

Because as good as these bags look in the coffee shop, their natural habitat is the trail: Matt suggests Sutro Mountain and its foggy forest of eucalyptus trees in the heart of the city.

Whatever the day holds, from the moment you sling Matt’s pack over your shoulder, his hope is it’ll inspire you to take a detour along the way.

Or at least avoid those gents on the BART.

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