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Hill People Gear Pocket Sling (and a New Pack Easter Egg)

The Hill People Gear Pocket Sling is now available. We teased the Pocket Sling way back in January of this year and it is now in stock.

The Pocket Sling turns any of the Hill People Gear Pockets and the smaller packs like the Tarahumara and Attache into a sling bag. It features 500D Cordura construction with 1/4″ thick foam for comfort and a central side release buckle for easy donning and doffing. The ambidextrous sling can be attached to the Pockets via its 3 included ITW Grimloks and it also includes 3-bar sliders for turning the shoulder harness attachment points on packs like the Tarahumara into loops for mounting the sling. Speaking of packs…

I noticed an interesting entry in the list of compatible packs on the Pocket Sling product page. The list shows the Tarahumara, Attache, and then a pack called the Junction which has never been shown anywhere as far as I can tell. This obviously isn’t a lot to go on but I love a good teaser.

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Add Capacity and Organization to Your Tarahumara with PocketUp

The Hill People Gear Tarahumara is a unique pack in that it is very compact (about 900 cui) but has a harness system that can support loads far heavier than you can typically stuff into that small of a pack. This makes it something of a blank canvas for users and makers to develop ways to expands its capacity.

Mel Terkla of PocketUp recently showed how their pockets can be used to expand and organize the Tarahumara pack while still providing access to all compartments. Two Handy Pockets are hung from the upper tabs and compressed by the Tarahumara’s compression straps. These are PocketUp’s 1000D Handy Pockets but any of their large Handy Pockets would fit with the same proportions. There are plenty of hardware choices that can be used to hang the pouches in this manner like ITW GrimLocs or Slick Clips.

Additionally, he has attached a Mini Pod to the bottom of the pack. The Mini Pod would attach easily to the Tarahumara’s existing lower tabs, instantly adding compressible storage for items like light insulation or shell layers. We have previously discussed the Mini Pod here: Mini Pod on JTT

You can check out the full line of PocketUp pouches and packs at PocketUp.net.

Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Snubby Recon Kit Bag

Hill People Gear gave a sneak peek of their upcoming Snubby Recon Kit Bag.

Just in case you don’t speak Kit Bag… “Snubby” refers to Hill People Gear’s smaller pattern Kit Bags for more compact handguns (up to a Glock 19 or similar in size). The “Recon” moniker means that it has PALS webbing on the front for attaching additional pouches.

This particular iteration of the Kit Bag fits the Bino Pouch so well that it will likely serve as a popular base for building a bino harness.

The Snubby Recon Kit Bag will be available soon. Check out the rest of the Kit Bag line at HillPeopleGear.com in the mean time.

Hill People Gear Longhouse Instructional Series

It can be extremely difficult to find backcountry travel advice that works for me. Much of the prominent outdoor gear advice outlets have been hijacked by ultralight hikers. I actually like ultralight gear and appreciate their minimalist approach. However the gear and skills necessary for ultralight through-hiking on established, well traveled trails often has little to do with backcountry travel on remote, unsupported trails or off trail completely.

I like to find a handful of sources that I can trust as a starting point for my own skill and gear acquisitions. The Hill brothers at Hill People Gear have become one of those sources. They share their knowledge on a few different venues but one of the easiest to consume is the Longhouse Instructional Series on YouTube.

The series is available in a handy playlist that I came across this morning when looking for their Land Nav video to share with a friend. I highly suggest this series for anyone who is looking to improve or validate their outdoor skills and gear.

Hill People Gear: Longhouse Instructional Series Playlist

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Hill People Gear Introduces New Color Options for Several Packs

Hill People Gear is rolling out a new color option for many of their packs. The new Elk color is reminiscent of the iconic brown color used for duck canvas work wear. It is available now in the Tarahumara and will eventually be available in the Umlindi, qui-Ya, and Original Kit Bag V2.

You can also expect to see a number of other new color options coming soon, including:

  • Recon Kit Bag in Multicam Black
  • Tarahumara, Ute, and Umlindi in Manatee (grey) with black webbing
  • Tarahumara in Multicam Tropic
  • Aston House Back Country in Black and Multicam

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Hill People Gear Teaser – Pocket Sling Converts Pockets to Sling Bags

Hill People Gear is close to releasing a new Pocket Sling that will be able to convert their pockets like the Tarapocket and Palspocket into a stand alone sling pack. The adjustable strap features a padded side for comfort, keepers to manage the loose end of the strap, and a side release buckle for quick donning and doffing.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Hill People Gear Capture Flap – Now Available

The Hill People Gear (HPG) Capture Flap is now available to purchase on HillPeopleGear.com. This beaver-tail/tailgate accessory can be attached (via G-hooks) to all HPG packs (and many packs from other manufacturers) to add secure external storage for bulky items. The Capture Flap is laser cut with a PALS compatible grid for adding additional pouches. The back of the Capture Flap is lined with loop material for added hook backed pouches.

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Teaser: Hill People Gear Designed Knife

Hill People Gear is teasing the potential release of a knife of their own design. This back-country traveller’s knife has very specific features included and omitted on the basis of the Hill brother’s backgrounds and experiences as outdoorsman. That is an approach to gear design that has worked out pretty well for them so far…

Here is what we know:

The knife will come with a kydex sheath that includes two snap loops. This will offer a wide variety of carry methods and it is always nice when a knife comes with a sheath that is actually functional.

Many of the design elements come from the Hill brother’s experiences in the outdoors along with some Kali training. The squared butt is specifically designed to work with a reverse grip in a nod to their edged weapon training. Much of the romance of bushcraft is exchanged for the pragmatism of modern back-country travel. The spine is NOT a squared, 90 degree spine as the Hill brothers find that feature to be more of a help than a hindrance in a cutting tool. The blade has a pronounced guard for safety. This is clearly not a “bushcraft” knife.

The handle slabs are made from G10 for toughness. Hill People Gear states that toughness will key because of the thinner section of handle material that run up into the guard area of the knife. You can also see that care has been taken to scallop the grip near the blade which can help with various grips like a pinch grip.

This knife will make use of 1/8″ thick blade stock from an undisclosed steel. It features a high saber primary grind with a 17 degree secondary edge. This is relatively thin stock compared to many knives on the market and a relatively fine edge. It is obviously made to cut.

Specs:

  • 8.25″ overall
  • 3.5″ cutting edge
  • 1/8″ thick blade
  • 5/8″ thick handle
  • 17 degree final edge

There is an excellent discussion of this knife already in progress on the Hill People Gear Owners Group on Facebook. They have already discussed the included and omitted features as well as the reasoning behind those decisions at length. If you use Hill People Gear products, I highly recommend the group as there is a lot of knowledge to be gleaned there.

Stay tuned for pricing and availability.

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Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Tarahumara in Multicam Black and Tropic

Hill People Gear released their popular Tarahumara Pack in Multicam Black in September of last year. That limited run has since sold out. However, we now have word that there will be another run of Multicam Black Tarahumara Packs and there will be another Multicam Tarahumara offering – Multicam Tropic!

I always look forward to these limited run Tarahumara packs and there have been a few that I regret not buying when I had the chance. Don’t let that happen to you. Stay tuned for details.

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Sneak Peek: Hill People Gear Bino Pouch Medium

Since the release of the Hill People Gear Kitbag, people have used them as binocular pouches and they work well in the role. The problem is that, depending on the size of the binoculars and your Kitbag, they may be all you can carry. Hill People Gear now has a dedicated binocular carry solution – the Bino Pouch Medium.

The Bino Pouch Medium is a MOLLE compatible pouch that is designed around the shape of a 10×42 binocular which are a great all-around size. It features padded bucket style construction with a full coverage lid. The lid and bottom panel are lined with loop Velcro to avoid scratching lenses. The clever and simple shock cord closure can be operated with one hand.

The pouches requires a 4×2 PALS grid for mounting. This allows the Bino Pouch Medium to fit on either the Recon Kitbag or Recon Heavy Kitbag with room to spare.

The Bino Pouch Medium will be available soon in several colors. HillPeopleGear.com

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