In late September we headed over to China to do some final approvals on the Paxis Twin Lakes backpack.

China, an extremely interesting country with a somewhat complicated history, proved to be filled with productive days and plenty adventure. Firstly, we spent a full day in Hong Kong taking in the city views. During both sunshine and torrential downpours we explored this diverse city. After that, we relaxed in the hotel bar and found a local place to eat. We felt prepared for the upcoming days of doing approvals on the Twin Lakes backpack.

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Leaving Hong Kong

We headed over the border into Shenzhen to visit with our manufacturing partners at Grown-Up Group. Touring their facilities and testing room was interesting. Products they develop are put through rigorous quality and performance assessments. In addition, we were able to test out the improved locking mechanism on the new Paxis Twin Lakes backpack! So much fun!

Testing machine

Day 3 we drove two hours into Dongguan to visit the factory that produces the metal pieces in our backpacks. We had the opportunity to watch our metal frames being put together. When we say they’re handmade, we REALLY mean it! The area was a definite contrast to Hong Kong. It was rare to find locals who did, however, we seemed to fare just fine.

Approving Twin Lakes pack in China

Heading to Xiamen

Day 4 began with a 3 ½ hour trip on one of China’s high speed trains to the oceanside city of Xiamen in the Fujian province. The train ride took us across some absolutely stunning countryside. The forests were lush and green and small cities popped up seemingly out of nowhere.

Chinese Countryside

Not familiar with Xiamen? Neither were we! It is located across from Taiwan and very beautiful. It is known for its laid-back vibe, up-and-coming art scene, and beautiful beaches and scenery. In other words, it’s a paradise!

Xiamen China

Here, we visited with the company that sews the fabric packs and puts the frames and backpacks together. We spent the day approving final colors, materials, tags, and more on the Twin Lakes backpack! After that, we were treated to some phenomenal food! It was a very long, but productive, day.

Factory in Xiamen China

We want to thank you, again, for your patience. You won’t be disappointed with the new color options and improvements to the design. We’re also excited to announce we’re offering Gift Cards AND FREE SHIPPING (to U.S. addresses) on all pre-ordered backpacks! Stay tuned for the release date.

Photos: Heather Wallace | Studio H Photography


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