1 of 4 Mission Workshop Stay HydratedCyclists need water, but finding a way to carry that water without weighing you down is tough. The Mission Workshop guys have taken their 20 years of cycling gear knowledge and built a burly hydration pack that looks as good as it works. Four small pockets and a main gear holder complement the big clamshell opening for the actual hydration pack. Hip belt “wings” wrap around your body, keeping things stable, while the waterproof fabric protects everything inside.See It Next Mission Workshop 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road Mission Workshop Previous Editors’ Recommendations In 1994, Bart Kyzar, Mark Falvai, and Doug Hudson formed Chrome Industries to make cycling bags and apparel. When they moved on from Chrome in 2009, Bart and Mark refurbished an old warehouse in the Mission District of San Francisco as a workshop for building gear as tough as it is beautiful. Thus, Mission Workshop was born.Jeff Roberts from Massif Mountain Gear Company specialized in creating advanced combat apparel for the CIA, Navy Seals, NASA, and teams that “don’t officially exist.” Roberts now runs the apparel design crew at Mission Workshop.From the Arkiv System for backpacks that debuted in 2012 to sleek new camera carriers and hydration packs for 2018, Mission has been quite busy in its workshop. Here’s a look at the best gear that the brand has to offer right now.Arkiv Modular Pack SystemBuild Your Dream BackpackModular backpacks have been around for a long time for military purposes, but have only recently made their way onto the urban scene. Adapting this MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) system the military, Mission Workshop created the patented Arkiv attachment.The base Arkiv packs come with either two, six, or eight rails to slide attachments onto. Thick metal clips on the modules slide onto these stiff webbing rails or on other modules. They’re easy to add, pop off, and customize.James AdamsonThe main pack has 20 or 40 liters of space with a laptop-sized pocket and one small external zip for quick access. It can be closed with a roll on top or just by folding the flap down; a huge buckle holds the whole thing shut. The exterior is made from super-thick 500 denier nylon with a urethane polymer for water and stain resistance.Go minimal with one or two pouches or all the way to eight or even 10 pouches for laptops, notebooks, hard drives, sunglasses, and travel essentials. The folio and laptop pouches, which hold larger books and computers, fit on the back of the pack and provide two additional rails for more modules. Small pockets fit on top of that or on the side of the bag. A rail on each of the shoulder straps on the front fits small pouches for cell phones or passports.See ItThe CapsuleKeep Your Glass SafeWith so many photographers using the brand’s bags, Mission Workshop designed a padded camera insert to fit with any packs 20 liters or larger (like the Arkiv). A large clamshell lid opens to reveal all your lenses and a smaller end-lid opens to allow you quick access to your main camera. You can also get the optional messenger bag straps to run with The Capsule alone.See ItThe Hauser The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Mission Workshop The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
(Update)The owners of the Maranatha Log House say they are suffering a ‘surreal amount of sadness’ in grieving the loss of the historic Campbellville landmark destroyed by fire overnight. The log house was a popular bed and breakfast, and flower shop — and the owners were popular members of the tight-knit community. They say the fire has destroyed all of their files and contact information — and anyone who booked an event there should contact them through Facebook. And while both owners and their three guests escaped the fire just in time — all five spent the day in hospital recovering from smoke inhalation.Log house owners Martha and David McPhee woke to a loud sound, and saw fire coming from the flower shop area. Within minutes, flames were ripping through the roof.Lescine Maitland is a neighbour: “I heard a pop, and then a muffled boom. And then I felt something vibrate in the floor so I thought, something’s odd. And then I started to see the smoke get blacker so I ran and yelled out my door. I heard a voice so I called over to Martha and said, are you ok, and she said, no.”Michael Skora is a neighbour: “They said it happened so fast, and David was carrying her out on her back so, just to get her out in time.The McPhees fled in their nightclothes, but David went back in to help the three guests escape.Lescine said: “He went back in to try to direct them, because when I came back with blankets this guest was coming out on his hands and knees with his wife or girlfriend on his back. And Dave was right behind them. And we just came across the lawn and watched the house go.”Milton Fire Department Deputy Chief Dave Pratt: “The fire was so involved we couldn’t sent crews in. Also we’re in a rural setting, no hydrants around, so we had to use what’s called superior tanker — used water source at Mohawk Raceway and we had four tanker trucks shuttling water to the pumping apparatuses.”The neighbours say they’re grateful it’s been so damp lately because for a while during the night it looked like all these houses were in jeopardy.Lescine said: “Miraculously, the winds they were calling for did not come last night. I thought i was also saying goodbye to my house as well.”The log house was built in 1850 and moved to this spot in Campbellville in the 70’s.Donna Sanderson is a neighbour: “They’ve done a lot with it inside, always old fashioned and beautiful, beautiful antiques and things they had. Our best friends next door are going to be, never there again. But they have a lot of family around so, they’ll be OK for the time being.”Fire Marshal investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.