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"My new Woodward Convertible bag has changed my life... I friggin' love this bag"

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"Easy to swap between [backpack and pannier]... held it together through rain, snow, sleet and mud"

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Prep time for the great while inclement outdoors

April 22, 2014

Tips for riding in the rain Spring is here, that time after New York Fashion Week when your REI dividends show up in the mail, and the farmers' market re-opens for the season.  In Portland, it means cheap asparagus, Timbers victories, and of course... rain.Our temperate climate affords us our fair share of the wet stuff, and we have a few tips for staying dry out there.           1.  Lights - Safety first!  Dreary, shadowless days mean less visibility on the road.  Stay safe with front and rear lights like these from our friends at Portland Design Works   2. Fenders are your first defense against the rain.  We prefer the full coverage fenders, like these from Planet Bike.  At the very least, a clip on style like the PDW Soda Pop Fenders will save your pants from the wicket mud stripe up the back.          3. Watch out for slick man-hole covers, and painted surfaces which are extra slippery when wet.            4. Waterproof Rain Gear will make your life easier.  Check out Showers Pass for quality apparel, or Nau for some snazzier options.   5. A proper Saddle Cover will keep your bum dry and your fancy saddle protected.  In a pinch keep a plastic bag stowed under your seat - remember those?          Riding in the rain is no picnic, but it sucks a lot less if you are outfitted correctly - plus it still beats gas prices any day.   Stay... Continue Reading →

Made with pride in the USA

April 11, 2014

Our bags are cut and sewn by us in our Portland studio, but our “Made in USA” label means more than that.  Manufacturers are required to specify country of origin for their products, which includes not only the assembly of the product (which is essentially what we do), but the manufacture of that product’s materials as well.  For soft goods (bags, apparel, etc), this means fabrics.  Both our shell and liner fabrics come from US fabric mills in New Jersey and Connecticut, respectively.  Because of this, we’re proud to put the “Made in USA” label in every bag we make. Our shell fabric is 1000d Cordura Nylon, made in New Jersey, USA. What does this mean?  A simpler supply chain makes for a more flexible business, which means more savings.  We’re often asked why we don’t outsource manufacturing overseas to places like Vietnam or China.  The answer is simple - our supply chain is here, and our customers are here.  We’d have to ship fabric from Connecticut to the other side of the planet.  That’s like booking a flight from Portland to New York City with a layover in Tokyo - it just doesn’t make sense. Our water-proof liner fabric is custom milled, just for us, in Connecticut.  It’s PVC-free, super light and durable, and makes for a brighter bag interior. By keeping our supply chain domestic and our production line queued with made-to-order bags, we’re able to respond immediately to market changes, without wasting time or money on large... Continue Reading →

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