Hey folks, I hope you're all enjoying your shoulder season hikes. It's my favorite time of year for camping. Not so cold that your boots freeze overnight, but cold enough to keep the bugs away. Not so hot that you're drenched in sweat .5 miles into your hike, but warm enough to feel toasty in just a base layer and wind shirt so long as you keep moving.
Anyway, the purpose of this blog entry is to tell you about major changes to the AppUL business model. Up until recently we've had a few base backpack models that customers can make small variations on. This has worked out great so far, but to be perfectly honest, it removed me from my passion -- *designing* backpacks. So moving forward, I'm removing the custom shop and selling ALL items through our Ready to Ship page. Rather than ordering one of our five current backpack models and waiting 3-4 weeks for me to work through my backlog, I'm going to be adding truly one-of-a-kind backpacks directly to the Ready To Ship page as I complete them.
I'll still make variations on some of our former base models, but now I'll have the freedom to focus on designs that are totally different from what is being offered right now through AppUL (or anyone else for that matter). You can expect a lot more experimentation in these new offerings.
In addition to the backpack changes, I'll soon be releasing an AppUL poncho. This will be a dedicated poncho (not a poncho/tarp or poncho/groundsheet). And at a remarkable ~2.75 oz, it will be the lightest poncho available anywhere, bar none. The prototyping is complete, I'm simply waiting on my supplier to receive a roll of the white .51oz/sqyd DCF that this item will be constructed from.
I've had a ton of great feedback on our 2018 line of backpacks, so I know that this decision isn't going to make everyone happy at first. But I hope and think that once y'all see some of the innovative stuff that I'll be putting out there, most folks will be satisfied with the changes. And I really think that this poncho is going to be a hit in the UL community.
Last order of business -- this won't affect customers so much, but I'll be packing up and moving my shop from Allentown to Philadelphia this July. It's something I've had planned for a long time, and I'm very much looking forward to the change. Sadly, I won't be 20 minutes from Lehigh Gap anymore. But I will have my car, and I'll be able to get to about half of the Pennsylvania AT sections in a quick hour and a half car ride.
Happy Trails Fam,
Cody Miller, Owner of AppUL
p.s. If you're waiting on a backpack, no worries at all. I'm going to honor all existing custom orders before I start on these new models.