September 2018— Bringing a business to fruition is often quite literally a dream come true, be it a locally owned bike shop or a hand-made hip pack. For Kathy Salisbury, co-owner of Fanatik Bike Co., and JC Canfield, owner of High Above, their businesses are their livelihood, but also a way to support and contribute to the local mountain bike community.
Bike Magazine Aug 2016
"Simple, subtle and durable, the Cascadia has become a regular addition to my trail routine". -Anthony Smith
"And then “might need a jacket” season came and I thought the hip pack wouldn’t be big enough. Maybe I wasn’t convinced that hip packs made sense for a lot of rides. Thanks to the High Above Cascadia hip pack, I can say that I am convinced now."
"Undoubtedly the hippest of hip packs"
Radavist Dec 28, 2015
"I’ll swear by a shredpack anyday. Why cover your entire back with a backpack when you can get away with a hip pack? Over the past few months, I’ve been obsessing over these functional packs, checking out what various makers are whipping up in their workshops. One such maker is High Above. Based in Bellingham, Washington, they make two sizes in their hip bags: Das Radpack (small) and the Cascadia (large). Both bags can be coupled with a Bottle Rocket holster for either a beer can or water bottle."
Freehub Dec 2, 2015
"The High Above hip packs are simple, high quality designs that checked off all the boxes we could ask for in a small and durable package. Sure you can find others with more bells and whistles, and some that will carry more stuff, but then why not just go for the whole proper backpack? The point of a hip pack—OK, fanny pack if your mind is in that rut—is that it blurs the line between a carry-it-all backpack and the minimal capacity of pockets. The High Above hip packs are a comfortable way to carry what you need, and also have a quality bag that can last a lifetime. And at a price of $60 for the Rad Pack and $75 for the Cascadia, they’re a good deal to ensure you always have room for the essentials when you need them—whether it’s a beer or a patch kit.
Kona Shop Blog Dec 30, 2015
"Coming into this with only ideas of fanny packs and memories of the nineties looming overhead I initially was skeptical. After being handed a black camo Cascadia HipPack my impressions quickly began to change. Instantly I was impressed with the build quality and perceived durability of the pack."