2012 Mother's Day Gift Guide: Backpacks, bags and more

High Sierra Carry On

The first of a series of Mother's Day gift Guides designed to help you find that perfect gift for Mom. This guide is full of bags that will help mom in a varity of activities from traveling to going to the farmer market. So keep checking back for the next week to find that perfect gift. Time is running short before  Mother's Day and if you are anything like us here at Open Air Life, you might just wait til the last day. Hopefully these guide will make shopping for your mom just a little easier.

High Sierra Carry-On Wheeled Backpack with Removable Day Pack


It's three bags in one! Use it as a wheeled upright, zip-off the day pack or use the backpack straps on stairs or rough terrain. This is truly for the mom that loves to travel but doesn’t need 21 bags to get there. Special built-in, high-density foam structure helps maintain the bag’s shape while minimizing weight. Padded backpack straps stow behind the main compartment’s zippered padded back panel for easy transport. Main compartment has book-style opening, interior clothing hold-down straps and one large mesh pocket. Mom can carry this on the plane, to the hotel and then unzip the day pack for a day on the town.


Removable front day pack with padded backpack straps, deluxe organizer, zippered accessory pocket, MP3 player headphone port and has a back strap to allow pack to slip over the extended handle of main bag.

QUICK-CLIP buckle at the top of the removable day pack allows quick attachment to the main bag.

Tow-strap for attaching an extra bag.

Custom ID holder hides-away in a back pocket.

Recessed, telescoping handle system with locking mechanism.

Inline skate-style wheels, in protective corner-mounted housings with a unique integrated bridge that keep the bag rolling true.

Kick plate between the wheel housings protects the bag from abrasion.

SURE-GRIP handles tuck down flat when not in use.

Reflective piping for added safety.

Size: 22.0" x 14.0" x 8.0"

Capacity: 3068.0 cubic inches

Weight: 8.6 lbs.

MSRP: $340.00


briggs_carryBriggs and Riley Transcend Carry All Tote

Lightweight and comfortable, this tote travels around town or to unfamiliar lands with ease. The Tuff-lite™ fabric is strong, lightweight and abrasion resistant. Slip-through back allows bag to slip over the outsider handle for easy transport. While wide webbed straps provide comfortable carrying and hide-away ID tag conceals personal information.


Roomy main compartment allows satchel to be easily packed and organized

Padded section fits most laptops up to 15.6”

SpeedThru pocket for quick storage of items at security checks

Slip-through back allows bag to slip over the outsider handle for easy transport

Webbing straps for comfortable carrying

Tuff-lite fabric is strong, lightweight and abrasion resistant

Hide-away ID tag conceals personal information

MSRP: $129.00


pacsafe_Citysafe_400Pacsafe Citysafe 400 GII Anti Theft Hobo Bag

The Citysafe 400 GII, anti-theft hobo bag is perfect for the fashionista mom who loves a stylish, casual, oversized bag! It’s even got a sleeve that slides over wheeled luggage handles making it the perfect carry-on accessory. Adjustable straps turn this from an over the shoulder bag to cross body bag in a matter of seconds, while the slashproof panels and padding keep mom’s iPad and electronics comfy and secure.


eXomesh® slashguards in lower front, side and bottom panels

Slashproof detachable Carrysafe® shoulder strap

Carrysafe® strap allows the bag to anchor to a secure fixture.

Smart zipper security™

RFID-blocking pocket

Turn & lock strap hook™

Smart zipper security™

MSRP: $89.99


mhm_colfaxMile High Mountaineering Colfax Pack

The Colfax is the beginning of a new line of packs for MHM that's meant for what they call “Urbaneering”™. The Colfax uses the tough CORDURA® ripstop fabric and look that you'll find on all of MHM’s packs but is organized to carry a laptop, books and papers. Not only does it have a cool, fresh design that anyone can appreciate but it has 2 carrying options to suite your style. The Colfax can be carried as a backpack or the straps can be re-configured to carry as a sling-style messenger bag. There are lots of organized pockets and sleeves on this pack that include quick access to your phone and a point and shoot camera. So until you can escape the classroom and city to get back to the hills, strap on the Colfax and do work!


Convertible shoulder straps allow pack to be carried as sling-style messenger bag

Organized utility pocket

Vertical skateboard carry

Padded laptop compartment

iPad™/Tablet sleeve

Bike lock compartment

Organized sleeves for papers & folders

Perforated foam backpanel and shoulder straps

5 pockets

Volume: 18 liters

Weight: 1lb 110z

Number of stays: HDPE framesheet

MSRP: $109.00


lilypond_loboLilypond Lobo

This lightweight bag is ideal for just the essentials. Made from 100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ fabric, this bag has a zippered main compartment which secures contents while the exterior zippered-pocket is perfect for keys and a cell phone. The front flap has a convenient magenetic closure and the shoulder strap is adjustable from 26" to 53".  This versitle bag comes in an array of colors.


100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ exterior fabric

100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ contrast interior lining

Front flap zippered pockets for wallet, keys, and cell phone

Zippered main compartment for added security

Interior slash pocket for organization

Molded back with contrast stitching

Magnetic front flap closure

Adjustable Shoulder Strap extends from 26” to 48”

Dimensions - 7”L x 1.5“W x 9”H

MSRP: $40.00


DeuterACLite18Deuter AC Lite 18

This new compact daypack feature many clever details, light materials and the top-quality Aircomfort mesh back. The extremely soft lining and padding on shoulder straps and hip pads promises extra comfort which mom will apprieciate on those hot day hikes.


Contoured, softly padded shoulder straps.

Durable spring steel frame provides a flexible and light structure, and applies tension to the mesh.

The mesh back provides comfort and top class ventilation: the hot air dissipates freely from three sides.

Ventilated pads made of bilaminate foam (AC Lite series, Zugspitze 20 SL and 25), or contoured hip belt with ventilated pads (Gröden 30 SL and 35) for ideal carrying comfort, and stability.

Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz

Volume: 1100 cubic inches/18 litre

Size: 21 / 12 / 7.5 (H x W x D) Inch

Material: Deuter-Ripstop 210 / Deuter-Microrip-Nylon

MSRP: $89.00


boreas_ValenciaBoreas Valencia

Packs don’t have to be complicated to be comfortable. The z-foam back panel is shaped to match the curve of your back. Nothing fancy. The z-foam on the back panel is tough stuff and if you poke it you’ll see it springs back. That compression/ reaction motion happens as you hike, pumping air through to keep your back cool. More foam does not equal more comfort. Super-plush belts and straps look comfy in the store but flatten out under pressure. Comfort happens when pressure is distributed evenly through good design and foam resilient enough to maintain volume under load. There was a time when packs were judged by how many zippers, buckles and straps they had. We’re glad those days are over so we can concentrate on better ideas like daisy chains that tuck away when you don’t need them. The lightweight 210D ripstop nylon pack body fabric is impregnated with silicone for waterproof strength that won't wear out or rub off over time.

MSRP: 69.99


eureka_sawtoothEureka! Sawtooth 45L

Eureka! has long been known for its high-quality and affordable tents. Now it has turned those consumer benefits to a new line of backpacks. The Sawtooth 45L is perfect for “Sherpa Mom” because it has enough room for her stuff and something a little extra.  Each backpack is constructed of a 420D polyester mini rip stop body with a 600D polyester oxford bottom, a padded and ventilated back panel with 3D spacer mesh, padded hip belts, slide adjustable sternum straps with safety whistles, a built-in rain cover, and a boxed and padded hydration sleeve that doubles as a laptop/tablet compartment.

Dimensions: 21.5” x 11.5” x 8”

Weight: 3 lbs, 11 oz

Colors: Pesto Green/Pirate Black and Pirate Black/Moab Red

MSRP: $109.99


seabags_summer_stachelSea Bags Summer Satchel

This satchel offers a more relaxed, casual summer silhouette. Sea Bags have combed through their expansive inventory of recycled sailcloth for just the right pop of color. The oversized, front zipped pocket, made from rare colored Dacron, is in addition to the traditional back panel pocket. The hemp handles are knotted through grommets. Pocket colors (examples: tangerine, lemon, pink, teal) vary depending on inventory available at time of order & fulfillment is at random.

• Made in Maine

• Made out of recycled sail-cloth

• Dimensions: 18"w x 14"h

MSRP: $99.00


llbean_toteL.L.Bean Customized Boat and Tote Bag

Made in Maine for 65 years, the Boat and Tote Bags have been tested to hold over 500 pounds. Now you can create your own unique combination of colors, size and handle style. Made using heavy-duty 24 oz. cotton canvas combined with a signature double-layer base and handles. A reinforced flat canvas bottom and overlapped seams double-stitched with nylon won't rot or break. Optional zipper top and outside pocket help you stay organized.

MSRP: $34.95 - $66.95


timbuk2_pannierTimbuk2 Especial Viaje Pannier

If mom is passionate about pedaling, she is going to love the new Especial Pro Bike series by Timbuk2. Designed with input from local bike couriers, commuters and cycling clubs such as Mission Cycling, the Especial Viaje Pannier feature cutting-edge designs that would make even the most elite bikers drool on their handlebars. And like everything else made with 500D CORDURA® Classic fabric, these bags are made to last. So no matter which one you choose, you can expect to get some serious mileage out of it.


Converts from a pannier to a backpack; straps stow into flap when not in use

Waterproof Laptop Pocket: Internal welded pocket fits laptops up to 15 inches

Stands upright for easy loading and unloading

Fast clip pannier attachment for easy on and off bike

Rain cover included for additional waterproofing when needed

Internal organizations for all your essentials

Detachable sternum strap

Air jet textured ripstop nylon 6.6 for high abrasion resistance and exceptional strength to weight ratio

MSRP: $229.00


pelican_1075Pelican 1075 HardBack case

Designed as watertight, crush-resistant armor for tablet-style computers and netbooks; sports a high-impact, heat and chemically-resistant composite shell that will stand up to extreme and harsh conditions in addition to a shock-absorbing plush foam liner and cell cushions for additional protection. The Pelican 1075 also features a sturdy, removable nylon shoulder strap so users can keep a firm hold on their gear.


11.11" x 7.92" x 1.63" (28.2 x 20.1 x 4.1 cm)

Designed to protect various electronics including external hard drives

Watertight Gasket - Tight seal created when case is shut

The easy open latch remains shut under pressure or after impact

Automatic Purge Valve - Keeps water and dust out while balancing air pressure

Pick N Pluck™ with convoluted lid foam

Removable shoulder strap included

Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence

Visit our 1075 Micro Site for more detailed information.

Discover which portable electronic device will fit, using our Portable Electronic Device Fit Guide

Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof

MSRP: $69.95


DC_tabletDryCase for Tablets

DryCASE is a flexible, crystal clear waterproof case that allows complete use of your tablet or e-reader while keeping it dry and clean. If mom love the water but can’t leave her tablet, this might just be the best investment you could get your mom. She can now read while at the beach or by the pool and not have to worry about her tablet getting ruined by water. Add waterproof headphones to be able to listen to music and videos.


Waterproof Vacuum Seal

Stereo Headphone & Mic Jack

Includes Hold Handle

Headphone & Mic Jack

Crystal Clear for Photos

Works with any Tablet or E-reader

Tested to 100 Feet for 1 Hour


Fits Devices up to 8" x 10.5"

Retail Price $59.99


Montana Fly Co iPhone covers

The new iPhone 4G covers are available and make it easy for mom anglers and outdoor adventurers to use the camera feature of their smartphone safely in the outdoors. The protective PC plastic offers protection for the phone from weather, drops, jarring and bumps.

MSRP $27.99