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Topo Designs + Salomon Collection

An outdoor collaboration drawing on different design philosophies

by Hans Aschim
on 30 April 2015

For most outdoor brands, the chief objective of their products is to heighten the outdoor experience—whether that means keeping you dry in a sudden downpour or making a piece of gear that's so faithful it becomes an adventure companion. Colorado-based bag and clothing maker Topo Designs looks to simplify the outdoor experiences through straightforward, handcrafted quality products. Meanwhile Annecy, France-based outdoor behemoth Salomon opts for state-of-the-art technologies and innovative design. The companies have different approaches, but the same goal: better experiences through better gear. The new Topo Designs + Salomon collaboration sees the two companies giving a new twist on one of each of their standout offerings.


The Topo + Salomon Rover Pack ($159) is a take on Topo's Rover, a classic flip-top backpack. For the collaboration, Topo and Salomon updated a few material and color features. A Horween leather base promises to age gracefully with each excursion and the bag's upper (handmade in Topo's Colorado workshop) is made of ultra-tough 500d Cordura fabric. Salomon's Instinct Pro shoe is one of the most decorated mountain shoes on the market. The collaboration edition ($140) pulls design notes from Topo's bags with a natural leather outer, color-contrasting details and hints of Cordura for extra durability.

Images courtesy of Topo Designs

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