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A Mountain Briefcase

I have a thing for bags. Briefcases, backpacks, stuff sacks, rucksacks, satchels…to be honest, I have too many. Part of the reason I have too many, aside from my infatuation, is because I am constantly looking for a better bag. Well, I think I have finally found the bag for me. Featuring a three way carry system, with a shoulder seatbelt strap, traditional dual briefcase nylon straps, and stowaway backpack straps, the Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase can go anywhere. I have had the bag for about three weeks now, and it is just about perfect. I have used it as a backpack while cycling to my local brewery, tossed it in the back of my pickup, and carried it to work every day. It is a great bag.

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

I have just one small complaint about this bag. The front compartment, while quite roomy, has no organization. It is one large pocket. It is somewhat difficult to organize and locate items in this compartment, but the capacity and organization in the main compartment mostly makes up for it. Small matter, really.

I plan to see my bag accumulation halt, for quite awhile. The Mountain Briefcase is American made, features 1000d Cordura, and YKK zippers. It feels indestructible, and I am counting on it.

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Mountain Briefcase by Topo Designs

Holiday trail hunting at Silver Falls










If you need it, you go.


Open Door to Solitude from Filson on Vimeo.

Worn Wear – Patagonia

Worn Wear from Patagonia is unique among businesses.  This is what I love about Patagonia.  As a private company, they don’t need to grow indefinitely to appease shareholders who are interested in profit only.  They can support causes, and business strategies, that embrace principles beyond the bottom line.

Below is a new film about people and their Patagonia gear, as part of the Worn Wear campaign. It is almost 1/2 hour long, but definitely worth watching.  Not to get too preachy, but in the middle of the Holiday season, it is more important than ever to consider the impact of our buying choices and try to reduce our individual and collective impact on the environment.


Ration Fieldworks – Chanterelles

My friend Michael and I will soon be launching a new project, Ration Fieldworks.  In the meantime, we threw together a short concept video from our recent chanterelle hunt.  More to come…

RATION FIELDWORKS – Chanterelles from Ryan Johnson on Vimeo.




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