Hill People Gear keeps releasing intriguing products. The Connor is a backpack/compression pocket.
It’s similar the discontinued Highlander. However, Hill People Gear has made a number of improvements to the Connor including shaving an inch from the length (21″ H x 11″ W x 4″ D) to make it more manageable as a stand-alone pack and adding additional pockets along with a frame sheet to organize and carry more gear.
- Large main dimensional pocket fully lined with First Spear’s 6/12 PALS cut velcro loop fabric lets you create whatever organizational system you want.
- Center zip outer pocket with stretchy tweave fabric on the outside expands as you stuff it.
- Twin outer mesh pockets on either side of the center zip. Meant for drying your socks on the trail. Sized to take a bike bottle size bottle.
- Hypalon compression wings can be folded underneath for use on the Ute pack or brought around to the front when the Connor is used stand alone. The wings have a 2 channel pals grid cut into them for additional pouches either inside or outside of the wings.
- Dual mini-wand pockets are just big enough to accept bike bottle sized bottle, but excel for smaller items like trekking or fishing poles.
- Generously long bottom compression straps.
- Stay pocket is accessible from the suspension side. Can be used to store other flat items if desired.
- Harness mounting points are midway up the back to allow for a wide range of torso lengths.
- Includes (2) ITW repair ladderloc buckles. In pack mode, they are used for the load lifters. In pocket mode, they can be used on the very bottom tabs to tie into the bottom most compression straps on the Ute pack.
The Connor will replace my Tarahumara. The footprint of the Connor is similar to the Aston House, which I found was a perfect length for my long torso. The zippered outer pocket, dual mesh pockets, and external PALS will provide some nice options to organize gear. And if I need more storage, I can always pair the Connor up with my Snubby Kit Bag or use the Connor as a compression panel on one of HPG’s larger packs.
According to Hill People Gear, the Connor should be available within a week or two. Email the company at email@example.com if you’d like to be placed on the notification list for its release. The product page with additional photos is here.