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Topo Designs Overview

We recently had a chance to try out some Topo Designs products for the first time.  In a travel fashionable category similar to GoRuck, HerschelFjällräven, and Tom Bihn.  Topo Designs is known for their travel packs and clothing.  They make very stylish travel bags as well as fashion/functional clothing.  Topo Designs was started in 2008 by co-founders Jedd Rose and Mark Hansen.  The idea of an alternative outdoor gear company was born.  Rose began to design and sew packs in his Fort Collins, CO basement while Hansen took to the streets for partners.  Focused around durability, beauty and function, Topo Designs products are as fashionable on the trail as they are in the pub.  Topo Designs backpacks and clothing seem simple from first glance, but it’s the small details like hidden stash pockets, and hanging loops on travel shirts that are stand outs for Topo.

Topo Designs Reviews

There are many great reviews on the web of unbiased opinions of the quality and style of the products.  Just take a look at what the Male Fashion Advice Reddit community has to say:

Topo Designs Jeans, Pants, Shirts, Sweaters and Fleece

Currently Topo Designs has many different clothing products for men, women from tops, bottoms, coats and jackets, to hats and other accessories.  Their backpacks and bags range from work bags and travel bags to backpacks and hip packs.

Topo Designs Wool Long Sleeve Tee Review ($98 Retail)

I have been wearing the Wool Tee Long Sleeve for the last month or so.  I’ve worn it as a simple shirt, backcountry skiing, cold weather biking, and packed it many times using the PackFast™ Packing Band to throw in a gym bag, or pack for an additional layering option.  The Merino wool is very soft and with the added Spandex is a perfect layering option when active.

There have been a few reviews on Topo Designs website about the Tee shrinking after washing.  I have been careful washing it on gentle with cold water and allowing to air dry and do not feel that the tee has shrunk at all. You can read all the reviews here.

The overall fit is true to size.  I am 5’10” and weigh about 160 lb. I am wearing the Medium and feel that it is a perfect fit.  However, if I were afraid of accidentally shrinking the Tee I would size up to a Large.

Topo Designs Tech Pants Review ($119 Retail)

The Topo Designs Tech Pants are a popular style and fit for any outdoor activity.  I’ve been wearing them to the office, climbing gym, camping and hiking.  The Cinch cord at the ankle make them perfect for climbing in, or for cooling off. The added DWR finish make them a great adventure pant, that resist stains and water well.  The front pockets are flat and don’t hold a lot more than a phone or wallet. The rear pocket are open and fit flat as well. They are accompanied by a small zipper pocket perfect for stashing valuables.

The pants pack well, and often are included in my day pack as a light weight alternative lounge pant.  The two way stretch is across the leg, not from top to bottom.

As mentioned above I am 5’10” about 160 lb. I am wearing size medium and they are a perfect fit.

Topo Designs Other Favorites

One of our other Topo Designs favorites is the Quick Pack and the Work Vest.

Topo Designs Coupons and Sales

Topo Designs daypacks, backpacks, pants, shirts and other clothing and accessories can be purchased directly from their website.  Additionally, Topo Designs is distributed through some amazing retailers like, and Nordstorms.

Finding Topo Designs clothing and packs on sale are best around holidays, for example they are currently offering free US Shipping.

Topo Designs Conclusion

Topo Designs is a great fashionable alternate to the standard outdoor gear.  It is backed by their MAP Guarantee™. The future for Topo Designs looks bright, have a look at their website for the complete line of clothing and travel packs.

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