First off, thank you to all who entered our photo contest. We’ll be running another one this year, so be sure to send in your field shots to email@example.com throughout 2015.
Here’s a quick video showing how to load up an Exo 3500 out in the field. I had 45lbs of gear in the bag, 55lbs of boned out meat and another 10lbs between the head and cape.
We’ve had a few people thinking you need to get the lip on the bag that connects the bag to the frame panel back up and over the frame panel. All you need to do is connect the two compression straps back up and over. This allows the load shelf area to haul just about anything you can strap in there. I like to run the lid compression straps inside the load lifter straps so they don’t slide off the frame panel. Also I was using the meat shelf here and it does come in handy with the boned out meat, allowing me to keep it up nice and high.
Where have you been with your Exo Mountain Gear pack this fall?
Don’t forget to share your adventures with us and enter our photo and testimonial contest. We have had some great entries thus far, and it’s been amazing to see where our packs have been, and the loads that they’ve carried. You can enter the contest by sharing your photos and/or testimonials with us, by emailing them to:
First off, Lenny and I want to truly thank everyone who has purchased a pack from us this year. The feedback and support from our customers has been amazing. We love seeing all of the photos of our packs out in the field and hearing customer success stories. At the same time, we want to sincerely apologize for all of the delays that many of you experienced; and at times, the lack of customer service. That is not what we want to be known for and it is unacceptable for us to operate this way.
The honest truth is, we were not prepared for the level of growth that Exo Mountain Gear experienced in this first year. There are always going to be some bumps in the road and hurdles to overcome with any startup company. Production delays that should have just set us back a few weeks, all of the sudden became months. Our biggest issue (which is also the best “problem” a company can have) was that we simply could not keep up with demand. We pushed our manufacture to the limits, and no matter how many hours we worked, it was almost impossible for us keep up with everything. Our commitment to top-shelf materials and quality construction made it difficult to produce packs in mass.
The good news is, through all of the production issues and shipping delays, we still had an amazing overall response to our pack, and for that we are extremely grateful. It has been awesome for Lenny and I to see an idea that originated from years of talking packs while hunting, to be received so well by our fellow hunters. Another positive from this year is that warranty issues have been almost non-existent—one broken zipper and a couple cases of the stitching not being sewn correctly from the factory and that was it!
Over the last few months we have been working non-stop to make sure that we do not have the same production and shipping issues in the coming year. We are currently working with three different manufactures (all in the US) to ensure that we will have packs in stock at all times, and if needed, can easily increase our production. We have implemented a new customer management system so we can stay on top of orders, and we have hired a additional staff to make sure orders are processed in a timely manner.
The Great News!
We are only a week away from shipping packs again. We will start getting 3500 Foliage packs in stock next week, 3500′s in Coyote Brown the week after. Shortly thereafter we will have 5500′s ready to ship. Our goal and hope is to be 100% caught up with the waiting list by the end of November. After that, we will focus on increasing inventory so that we have plenty of packs to ship on demand in 2015.
We are going to start at the beginning of the waiting list and will be contacting you via phone in the coming weeks as we get to your spot on the waiting list. If you have a hunt coming up soon that you need to have the pack for please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, we thank all of you for your incredible support this past year and look forward to an even better 2015!
-Steve and Lenny
How’d your Exo pack perform this fall?
Have a story to share? We would love to hear it.
Have a photo from the field? We would love to see it!
Send your field photos and/or testimonials about your Exo Mountain Gear pack to email@example.com before December 1st, and you’ll be entered to win one of three prize packages.
- An Exo Mountain Gear hat and pack accessory of your choice
- An Exo Mountain Gear hat and two pack accessories of your choice
- An Exo Mountain Gear hat, two pack accessories of your choice, and a $100 gift card to S&S Archery
We’re doing this for simple reasons… First and foremost, we would love to hear your stories and see where our packs have been this hunting season. But we also want to feature your photos and testimonials in our new website, which is currently under development.
We’re hitting refresh on the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox right now, waiting for your photos and stories – so get busy…
Just yesterday we completely sold out of all remaining packs that we have slated to be built in the July production run. This is on all colors and both the 3500 and 5500 bag sizes. Any orders placed as of 7/22/14 we will be able to fill. The response to our packs has been quite overwhelming; its been awesome for Lenny and I to see something that we worked extremely hard on to be received so well. We promise we are doing our best to keep up with orders.
Any orders as of 7/22/14 we will be able to fill. We are currently shipping out 5500 packs every day; sometime between today and Aug 8th we should have all backorders (3500 and 5500) shipped out.
If you missed out on getting an order you can place an order online by entering your phone number and email on the pack builder page; here. If we have any extra packs it will be a first come first served basis that we will fill orders. Outside of that we anticipate the next round of pack not to ship until October.
Thanks to everyone for their support and patience,
Steve and Lenny
We will be up at the NW Mountain Challenge 3d Archery shoot next weekend June 27-29th with a vendor both showing off the packs. The shoot is located at Tamarack Ski Resort which is 2 hours north of Boise, ID. The shoot is a great event (it was formerly called the Bogus Challenge) with 6 different courses, Elk calling seminars, Full Draw Film Tour Short encore and many other events going on during the weekend.
For more information about the shoot you can go to: NWmountainchallenge.com
Production is cruising along and going really well right now. Just yesterday I was able to take these photos of the color choices and they also show the 3 different hipbelt sizes next to each other.
Right now we are completely sold out of the next run of packs that will be shipping towards the end of June. Any new orders will be later in July but still in plenty of time for everyone’s hunting seasons.
5500 bags and the accessories will be shipping in July as well.
Exo Mountain Gear is extremely proud to be partnering up with the Full Draw Film Tour for 2014. The film tour is an amazing event that showcases small independent film makers who get a unique opportunity to really tell the story of a hunt and do it all on the big screen. The overall experience is inspiring and atmosphere energetic as you’re surrounded by 100′s fellow bowhunters.
During the show intermission there are thousands of dollars of gear that gets raffled off with a chance to win bows, sight, binoculars etc. We are going to be donating a pack at a few of the shows around the northwest including Boise, Bend and Bozeman.
If you have been interested in checking out an Exo Mountain Gear pack there will be one touring around the country at every Full Draw Film Tour stop; too see the schedule check here.
For a chance to win a few tickets simply go to the facebook page like and share the image below and you’ll be entered to win tickets for show near you this summer.
For more information about the tour please check out; http://fulldrawfilmtour.com/
Lenny and Steve
Production on the revised shoulder harnesses is going well, they’ll be ready and shipping this Friday. We did ship out a few packs to some guys who were needing them asap for hunts. All of the feedback from those has been incredibly positive so far and we are excited to get more packs out there. Here are a few of them:
“Steve, I received the Exo pack and video thanks again. Just a quick note as I know your a busy guy. In the last few years I’ve owned every major pack made including mystery ranch long bow and a crew cab. Kifaru high camp 4800 with bikini frame,Stone Glacier Solo and most recent KUIU Ultra. All these packs were alway lacking a few things and I just wasn’t quite happy. When I heard you and Lenny were designing a pack I was a little skeptical. But man was I wrong. Steve you guys nailed it. This is the absolute perfect backcountry elk pack. I am so impressed. To me kind of a blend of a Kifaru and Stone glacier with a mystery ranch hint. Great job guys. I am going back into hells canyon on the 18th for round two spring bear hunt for another week. I hope to send you some pictures hauling out a bear. I showed it to a couple of friends that I hunt with and you will be getting a phone call from them with a order. Thanks again guys. Jim Dean”
“Steve, Just received the pack in the mail. I have been in the market for a do it all pack and you have met and exceeded my expectations. I was trying to find a lightweight external frame pack that could also be used as a day pack. The organization of pockets I am able to get what I need into the pack and more to hit the mountain for 3 to 5 days. I used to have a day pack and would attach it to a different frame pack, but it never worked the way I wanted it to. I was somewhat skeptical about buying the pack without seeing first, but after watching videos and the work you guys put into it my mind was made. So glad I chose the exo 3500. The anticipation was well worth the wait. It was much smaller than I anticipated, but was glad to see that be the case. I didn’t want a large bulky pack, but big enough to haul everything I need to keep me comfortable and in the field longer. I will be chasing bears in a couple of weeks and hope to test out a heavy load to get a good feel for the pack. This pack seems extremely durable and with the lifetime warranty as well as being made here in the USA you can’t beat it! All around you guys have what I consider the best pack on the market! At this point I haven’t found anything negative to say about the pack. From what I can tell every detail about the pack has been very well thought of. Thanks for such a great pack and look forward to sending some success pics in the very near future. Keep up the great work! Kent Anderson”
We also had Zac Griffith use just the frame panel this last weekend in a Train To Hunt event down in Arizona. His overall impression was extremely positive: “ I was really impressed by the stiffness and strength of the titanium frame system. It’s ability to pivot was really helpful when drawing a bow and twisting at the hips. The frame panel is ultra lightweight and the versatility is outstanding for ANY hunting scenario.”
We did just finish up the design of our hipbelt pouch, I posted up a quick video on our facebook page here. Our biggest complaint with hipbelt pouches we’ve used in the past was that they were always floppy and the zipper would hang up would trying to open it with one hand. This was definitely our main focus in the design of the pouch was to make sure the zipper was operable with one hand. We did a few simple design aspects to make sure it was from adding an ABS plastic backing, a top access #5 water resistant zipper and making sure it has a very secure attachment with the 1-1/2″ Velcro webbing. We also used two way zippers so it works on both the right or left side, we put 1/8″ padding on the front panel to protect whatever you put inside and lastly added a quick access mesh pocket on the outside. Overall dimensions are 6x4x1.5, perfect for any rangefinder, gps or small camera.