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Hill People Gear Ute Pack V2

The original Ute pack, which came out in 2013, was HPG’s first full-size backpacking pack. The beauty of the Ute pack is it’s ability to compress down for day-sized loads or expand it’s capacity with the addition of pack pockets. Now in 2021 they have updated to the Ute V2 with several additional features.

Changes to the Ute include:

  •  2″ top lid pocket with zippered access from the outside. 
  • Velcro loop underneath lid for using Velcro compatible pockets like the 58 Pouch or Tool Roll
  • Adjustable bellows wand pockets with drawstring adjustment.
  • Removed zipper flap on main compartment.

The Ute V2 is available now in ranger/khaki, elk/coyote, and manatee/foliage

$465 with Prairie Belt.


Hill People Gear Type 1 Wildland Fire Pack

Hill People Gear’s new Type 1 Wildland Fire Pack is now available. For those who have been following Hill People Gear for a long time and know something of those who work there, it seems like it would be only a matter of time before they launched a pack like this.

Some of Hill People Gear’s brand DNA comes from wildland firefighting. Co-founder Evan Hill used a jumper pack on the Wyoming Hotshots back when they were still made in the Rigger’s Loft by smokejumpers. When he started building packs, they were belted lumbars like the jumper pack. In fact, the Umlindi follows that lumbar pack tradition.

Kevin McDowell is a Marine and wildland fire veteran who joined HPG initially as their Operations Manager and now serves as Marketing Director. He has been driving the company to create a fire pack and now HPG FIRE is born.

The Type 1 Pack is sold as a complete system. It consists of the following components, which can also be purchased separately:

Base Pack – The Type 1 Pack is based on the Umlindi V2 Backpack. However, the side compression straps from the standard Umlindi have been removed.

Line Pocket – The Line Pocket is a simple compression pocket and side pull compression straps that is sized specifically to work with the Umlindi.

Fire Shelter Case – The Fire Shelter Case can be set up for right or left hand shelter deployment. It attaches underneath the base pack and also to the Line Pocket to raise the rear edge and keep the shelter from resting on the firefighter’s bottom.

Prairie Belt – HPG’s most robust load bearing belt is included in the system. By default the Type 1 Pack ships with the 30+ Prairie Belt, but substitutions for other sizes are possible.

InnerBark Outdoors x Work Tuff Gear Klapatche Companion Knife

Andy Tran of InnerBark Outdoors has a new knife design that is being produced by Work Tuff Gear. The Klapatche Companion Knife is designed to be a companion to a larger knife or axe but can also serve the role of an EDC fixed blade thanks to it’s sheath design.

The Klapatche is a companion knife to larger knives or axes for the serious adventurist or as a standalone blade for those wanting a highly capable knife in a compact and lightweight package. The wider blade allows you to dig the blade deep into wood with a baton. The thumb ramp has a hole that is the perfect size to remove bullets from cartridges so the powder can be used for fire-starting. The handle is shaped to allow for multiple grips (forward grip, reverse grip, blade down etc.). The sheath is equipped with an Ulti-Clip, keeping the sheath secured in your pocket as you draw the knife. The design and ergonomics makes the Klapatche a go-to blade for any outdoor enthusiast.


Overall Length7″
Blade Length3.5″
Cutting Edge3.1″
Blade Thickness0.098″
Type of grind Saber grind with convex cutting edge
Blade Shapedrop Point
Blade Steel SK85 carbon steel56-58 RC
Blade FinishSplatter finish
Handle Material3D machined G10
Knife Weight5 oz
Weight w/ Sheath6.4 oz
Sheath IncludedYes +Ulti Clip USA
Sheath MaterialBlack Kydex

InnerBark Outdoors produced a video of this knife that does an excellent job of conveying it’s purpose and features (as a bonus, it also contains a great look at carving wood wedges which is a very useful skill when paired with a small knife).

The Klapatche Companion Knife is available now in limited numbers and more are being produced as of the time of this writing. You can purchase them directly from

Sagewood Gear Micarta Strops

Strops don’t have to be made from leather and boring wood. They can be made from leather on CNC machined micarta.

Sagewood Gear is now offering Micarta Strops with leather adhered to .125″ thick micarta slabs that have been machined to shape and to add grip texture. They are available in two sizes and with or without strop compound loaded into the leather.

TOPS Knives Hornero – Full Control on an EDC Blade

Usually, smaller blades can handle just about any cutting task you might come across. From food prep, to fire prep, and many other things in between. Sometimes though, you want a full-sized handle on your knife, especially if you’re going to be using it for a while. That’s where the Hornero comes in. It was designed by Tomas Reynoso from Argentina to be an EDC knife. A “full-sized” black and tan canvas Micarta handle provides an excellent grip for the 3” sheep’s foot-esque blade. Finished with a simple Kydex sheath and belt loop, the Hornero is a great everyday option.

Pick up the Hornero from an authorized dealer or from TOPS at

  • Overall Length: 7.13”
  • Blade Length: 3.0”
  • Cutting Edge: 3.0”
  • Blade Thickness: 0.19”
  • Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
  • Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
  • Handle Material: Tan canvas/black canvas Micarta
  • Knife Weight: 5.3oz
  • Weight w/ Sheath: 6.8oz
  • Sheath: Black Kydex
  • Designer: Tomas Reynoso
  • MSRP: $150

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