Based in Bellingham, Washington, High Above has churned out cycling bags for the past six years. In April I reviewed their Cascadia Hip Pack, which has accompanied me on countless rides this year — including over 800 miles of bikepacking. Their latest project is the Lost Lake Duffel, a bag High Above says is perfect for all active pursuits, or jaunts to the grocery store.
The Lost Lake Duffel is made from a waffle mesh called Phifertex. It’s often used on outdoor furniture because of its durability. Phifertex won’t degrade in the sun and it’s treated with Microban to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. These attributes make it an ideal candidate for a bag designed to hold sweaty riding or gym clothes. The mesh allows that smelly gear to breath and lets dirt and sand fall through instead of coming home with you.
High Above kept the design simple, but smart. The handles are made from military grade nylon webbing, the zippers are large, #10 YKK, and there’s a stash pocket at one end of the bag with a key clip sewn in. When not in use, the mesh construction means the bag can be stuffed just about anywhere.
Being High Above’s first mass-produced bag, the Lost Lake Duffel won’t be sewn in-house. However, High Above found a domestic company to manufacture the bag for them.
High Above is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the Lost Lake Duffel, available in two sizes: 22L and 46L. Backers of the campaign can get the small bag for $69, a large for $79, or both for $120. The estimated delivery date is March 2018.