An Interview with Jason Nelson

An Interview with Jason Nelson | TOM BIHN

Jason Nelson is a digital and hypermedia poet and artist, whose work playfully—and, at times, subversively—extends and re-shapes definitions of poetry, image, sound, and interactivity. He has a Master in Fine Arts in poetry and a Ph.D. in interface and digital writing, and teaches at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. His work, which he affectionately…

A Brief History of Padded Hip Belts

Early backpacks just had simple, unpadded shoulder straps made from webbing (woven strap material) or leather, and no waist or hip belt. Initially it was a big deal to add padding to the shoulder straps – first this tended to be wool felt, later foam covered in fabric was alternately used. When external frames (first…

New: Padded Hip Belt for Smart Alec and Synapse Backpacks


Due to popular request, we’ve come up with a 1” Padded Hip Belt designed to work with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec backpacks — three of our most popular backpacks used for travel, every day carry, and day-hiking. If you already use the included 1” Webbing Gatekeeper Waist Strap on your Synapse…

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