Whether you are a sportsman, a stay-at-home mom, or anything in between, you’ve probably seen the value of a good backpack. As a blogger for Run Oregon, I mostly get to review products that help make me a more successful runner, but sometimes I get the privilege of reviewing products that fit into other parts of my life as well. The Optimist Limited 10L Mini Backpack by Flowfold is one of those products.
As the mother of two small boys, I don’t often have two free hands, so backpacks of varying degrees have become a way of life for me. Now that my kids are no longer babies, I can pack a little lighter when I leave the house for more than 15 minutes, but I still need something that can hold the bare essentials since kids seem incapable of holding onto anything of their own. In addition to this aspect of my life, I am an active person who spends a lot of time outdoors running, hiking, camping, and doing stuff with my boys. Foldflow, “minimalist gear for everyday adventures,” is useful to my life and I think it would be useful to most anyone else’s as well.
“Flowfold” in geological terms refers to the layers of rock “that fold smoothly over time without breaking.” The company of Flowfold want to give you the strength of flexibility. Their products are sturdy and resilient, meant to be tough enough to withstand the elements as well as the daily rigors of life, but also lightweight and easy to carry on your journeys whether through the mountains or a trip to the park.
All of Flowfold’s products are made in the USA and have a lifetime warranty. Even better, 40% of the material used to make the products are reclaimed. Since starting in 2010, Flowfold has diverted 43,597 square feet (over an acre!) of fabric from the landfill. Companies like Flowfold should be celebrated for making a difference in the world and making something useful from something that would be thrown away otherwise.
The mini backpack is the perfect size and it’s as simple as it comes. One main pocket and one small zippered pocket in the front means no nooks and crannies for things to get lost in. It’s easy to get in and out of and you can fit a surprising amount of things in this “mini.” I have been able to get a few items of clothing and some snacks inside pretty easily and the lightweight material means I never feel weighed down by it in the least. It’s also water resistant, so everything inside will stay dry in this often wet Pacific Northwest. I can’t honestly think of one negative thing to say about this product.
I was fortunate enough to also receive a Sailcloth Minimalist Card Holder Wallet ($12) and like the mini backpack, it’s very durable and well made. It’s made of high-performance racing sailcloth. Again, the simple style is very efficient, as there is just enough room for a driver’s license and a few credit cards, which is maybe all you need some days.
I would encourage you to the go to the Flowfold website and check out all their products. They offer bags and packs in many sizes and styles, as well as wallets and even some apparel and dogleashes that are made from reclaimed scraps of Sterling rope. If the mini backpack and the card holder are any indication of what their other products are like, be prepared to get a product that will last a lifetime. And since there is, in fact, a lifetime warranty on the products, why not?
Products & Price: Optimist Limited 10L Mini Backpack,$75.00
Specs (from website):
- Capacity: 10L
- Dimensions: 18” x 9.5” x 5”
- Weight: 9.7 oz
- Material: Fabric: X-Pac™️ or Lite Skin™️: Ultra lightweight, water resistant outdoor fabric with the best strength to weight ratio on the market. Ballistic nylon webbing.
Zippers: YKK Water Repellent
- Made in USA
- Lifetime Warranty
- Minimalist Design
- Water Resistant
More about Flowfold:
Celebrate Everyday Adventures: Build a company cuture that celebrates everyday adventures.
Support our Community: Connect with our communities to build sustainable and rewarding relationships.
Promote Environmental Responsibility: Take on our responsibility to promote environmental conservation. Getting outside is the best way to educate and foster environmental stewardship.
Build a Sustainable Business: Create a healthy and sustainable business that makes investments for the long term.
Thank you to Flowfold for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.