Important ordering update:
Please be aware the current wait time is at 12 weeks. I'm building packs from orders in the last week of January right now.
I'm planning on racing the Tour Divide again this year. I'll be gone June 7th-July 5th. The Tour Divide ,for those that don't know, is a mountain bike race from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells New Mexico along the continental divide. it's roughly 2600 miles of riding.
If you have a trip planned and need a pack or bikepacking bags please order accordingly. TDR racers can get personal delivery in Banff. I'll be there on the 7th of June.
Welcome to Alpine Luddites. I build custom technical backpacks and bikepacking bags. These are our own designs, created by decades of ideas gained from exploring the mountains of the world. In our custom packs I work to incorporate your own experience and and listen your needs. In the classic packs I try to honor of the great history of mountaineering , reproducing my favorite old style packs from Chouinard Equipment, Karrimor and others.
I am a direct to you business. In my mind that is the best way to sell specialty, high-end gear that is off the mainstream and often require more knowledge and passion than mass produced merchandise. Having a discussion on how you want your next alpine pack configured or dealing with peculiar fitting issues, bike or body, is a much different experience than buying from a typical retail scenario. Swapping stories, getting know what my customers needs are, maybe even climbing or riding together if they visit me in in Ouray, is the right way to do business.
Simplified Alpinism came from random thought trying to explain the essence of what I do. My packs are totally reliable, functional and designed with the actual user experience in mind. From technical alpinism, to endurance Mountain bike racing my gear is easier to use and will last for years. There are very few who build gear this well.
Our packs features and fit are fully customizable. Our level of detail & quality is above and beyond what you see from mass produced gear. All of my gear is made in Ouray Colorado. the shop & showroom is open limited hours or by appointment.
After looking over the site please contact me with any questions. Buying a custom pack from Alpine Luddites is akin to buying a handmade bicycle. It's all about meeting your needs , getting a perfect fit and sometimes a long wait.....
Thanks for your consideration.
Wait times: 8-12 weeks . Check out the Wait List page to see where I'm at.