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Imlay Canyon Gear – 2016 Rope Colors

We received the first shipment of rope for 2016 in this afternoon.  Here are the colors: Canyon Fire 8.3 gets Yellow with Red, and Orange / Purple. Canyonero 9.2 gets Blue with Yellow, and Green with Purple. There are still more than a few spools of last year’s color floating around, so those will also be offered as long as they last.

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Imlay Pack Line 2016 – Changes by Model – The Little Folk

The little news is — only little changes on the little packs.  By which I mean the Spry, Mystery and Leprechaun. As on the bigger packs, the shoulder straps have been reshaped to fit women better, making them truly androgynous, rather than masculine. D-rings added to the sternum straps for ease of adjustment and easy of rope stuffing. Reinforcements added to the hipbelt (Spry and Mystery) where they tend to wear out. Belt loops on the hipbelts.   And… And… Well. A few small things....

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Imlay Pack Line 2016 – Changes by Model – The Suave Siblings

The big news is, there are now four Big Boyz, or should I say Suave Siblings. Heaps and Shinumo The Heaps and Shinumo are the male and female big Kahunas of our pack line. The Heaps has always been intended as about the biggest pack most people can actually canyoneer in… though the Grand Canyon has moved the bar on that issue. Changes for 2016 have an eye on Grand Canyoneering: Reduced in Weight: by replacing heavy mesh with light mesh (12 oz and 6...

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Imlay Pack Line Changes for 2016 (overview)

Imlay Canyon Gear    2016  Pack Line  General Improvements Moving to a new factory allowed me to re-work the design of the packs, so I did. After many years of being the smallest buyer in a large factory, now I am the smallest buyer in a small factory. While I still don’t have much pull, at least I have some, and was able to get these design changes into production, finally. Yes, this contributed to the 15-month timeline for getting this shipment on the boat, but...

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2016 Imlay Shenanigans Pack for canyoneering

New for 2016, a version of our workhorse pack, the Kolob, sized for women. All the changes to the Kolob apply, of course. And then the changes as stated for the Shinumo apply, of course. The Shenny uses the exact same pack body as the Kolob, with adjustments made to the suspension side to fit women. The shoulder straps are shorter and curvier, the hipbelt is shorter and curvier. The shoulder straps are placed 1-1/2″ (40mm) lower than on the Kolob, thus closer to the...

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2016 Imlay Kolob Pack

I consider the Kolob the “workhorse” of the pack line, so I focus less on weight and more on durability. Many of the changes applied to the Heaps apply to the Kolob… pretty much all of ’em, actually. In re-working the Kolob for women (the new Shenanigans), I reconsidered decisions I had made previously and made a few changes to both the Kolob and Shenanigans: bigger pleated back pocket: I extended the back pocket to be as tall as possible. reworked bottom of the pleated back pocket: I...

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2016 Imlay Shinumo pack for canyoneering

New for 2016 – the Shinumo pack is our version of the Heaps pack re-engineered for women, especially smaller women. Shrink It and Pink It! – uh, no thanks. All the adjustments to the Heaps pack for 2016 apply to the Shinumo too. Quick summary: lighter, bigger pockets, bigger lid, belt loops on the hipbelt, reinforced bottom edge of hipbelt, gobbling rings on the shoulder straps. So let’s talk about making it fit women. The Heaps is a tall pack, so the first step was...

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2016 Imlay Heaps Pack for canyoneering

I tuned up the design of the Heaps pack for the upcoming season, and wanted to show them off – so here you go! Most of my focus was on making the Heaps better for Grand Canyoneering trips, while not compromising its function for big technical canyons like… Heaps! A lot of the changes are invisible. The pack is easier to make and more consistent with the Kolob pack as it runs through the factory floor. I took a bit of superfluous stuff out, and as consequence...

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In search of the perfect drybag…

Drybags… Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Certainly an essential piece of gear, and certainly one that people have a lot of problems with. A friend hooked me up with a factory where I could get some made, so I did, design based on what I had sold and used before, slightly heavier fabric… I got the first ones off the production line, THEN had to really think about drybags.  How do I test these?  How do people use them? What are realistic expectations? What should they be able...

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Gloves for Canyoneering – Powergrip Thermo

Came up with a new glove this year, for canyoneering.   First of all, why wear gloves for canyoneering? The obvious choice would be for rappels – but this is a disputable point. One SHOULD NOT need gloves for rappelling… but more on that later. The main reason to use gloves canyoneering is for movement through the canyon. Rock is rough, skin is dainty – well, at least mine is. I find when wearing gloves, I can canyoneer day after day even in tough canyons...