Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack
Sassafras Fastpack

Sassafras Fastpack

$250.00

Designed for Movement

The Sassafras is designed for activities demanding stability and freedom of movement. It syncs with your motions to comfortably and predictably stick to your body while the tapered profile keeps the pack out of the way. Storage options up front provide on-the-go access. Every pack is hand built to your size in our small workshop in Virginia.

New features of the 2nd generation Sassafras are in bold.

  • On-the-fly trekking pole stash.
  • Secondary front pockets on shoulder straps.
  • 2 New upper strap pockets for gels, glove liners, etc.
  • More voluminous hip belt pockets.
  • Hydration bladder hanger for better security.
  • Variable volume for a variety of loads and activities.
  • Running vest inspired shoulder straps provide comfort and stability.
  • Dual sternum straps provide adjustable securement.
  • Shoulder strap pockets expand to hold a variety of items.
  • Stretchy mesh upper pockets on shoulder straps provide quick access to gels and other small items.
  • Load stabilizers let you tweak weight distribution on the fly.
  • Zippered sleeve accommodates hydration bladders and keeps other items closer to your back.
  • Zippered side pocket provides a secure place to store keys and wallet.
  • Removable hipbelt to adjust to your varying activities.

Split Personalities

We like to mix up what we do outside. A great weekend for us might mean backpacking to camp on Friday night, then spending Saturday trail running out from camp to work up our appetites. For the runs, we just cinch the Sassafras flat to use it as a hydration pack. We use the zippered sleeve in the back panel for a hydration bladder or to store a jacket closer up against the back. Click here to see a video.

Proudly made in the USA.

Weight: 22.3 oz | 632g

Itemized weight:

  • Pack Body: 18.9 oz | 536g
  • Hip belt: 3.4 oz | 96g
  • Stuff : 0.3 oz | 9g
  • Total: 22.3 oz | 632g
  • Note: This is the weight for most packs. Your measurements may affect this weight by varying degrees, ranging from approximately 21.5 - 23.8 oz (610 - 675g).

Materials:

  • Pack body: VX07 Xpac
  • Primary pockets: Schoeller Dynamic
  • Secondary & hip belt pockets: Lycra mesh
  • Note: VX21 Xpac is also available by request and typically adds about 2 - 3 oz. We recommend this option if you plan to do a lot of scrambling where the pack may scrape up against sharp rocks.

Capacity:

  • Overall Max. Volume: 34L
  • Pack Body (typical): 20L
  • Pack Body (max.): 26L+
  • Pack Body (min.): ~6L
  • Main Shoulder strap pockets: ~.7L x 2
  • Secondary Shoulder strap pockets: ~.2L x 2
  • Side pockets: ~1.2L x 2
  • Back pocket: ~3L
  • Hip belt pockets: ~.5L x 2
  • Gel style pockets: ~.05L x 4
  • Note: All external pockets are stretchy. Volumes given are with the pockets about maxed out.

To properly fit your backpack, it's important to take some simple body measurements. Use the guide below to measure your torso length, waist, and chest. We'll use these to build your Sassafras pack to fit your body.

You'll get the best measurements with the help of a friend, but you can still get decent measurements on your own. Just take your time and take the measurements a few times to average the results.

Torso Length:

The distance along your spine from the C7 vertebra to the level of your iliac crest.

  1. Tilt your head forward and find the bony protrusion at the base of your neck. This is your C7 vertebra.
  2. Place your hands on your the top of your hips (iliac crest) with your thumbs pointed horizontally toward your back.
  3. Run a string along your spine from the level of your thumbs to the C7 vertebra.
  4. Measure the length of the string to determine your torso length.
Chest:

The distance around the fullest part of your chest.

  1. Stand up straight with your arms by your sides.
  2. Wrap a string or fabric tape measure around your chest at its widest point, a little below your armpits. This is usually over the nipples and across the shoulder blades.
  3. Breathe normally and try to keep the tape parallel to the ground.
  4. Measure the string or note the distance on the tape measure for your chest measurement.
Natural waist:

The distance around your torso at its narrowest point.

  1. Bend side-to-side to see where your body creases. This should be above the hips but below the ribcage.
  2. Measure the distance around your body at this level to determine your natural waist.
Cinching down the Sassafras

Lead time

For Accessories and items in the 'Scratch & Dent' section:

These items are currently shipping in 1 - 4 business days. If you order accessories with another item with a longer lead time, we'll wait to ship until your complete order is ready.



For backpacks, shelters, tarps, and net-tents:

Notice: YAMA is moving to Montana! Unfortunately, this presents logistical challenges with several unknowns. Currently, I'm planning to pause manufacturing around 5/15 and aim to be back up and running in July. I'm providing my best estimate of expected lead times below, but please understand that these are not guaranteed timeframes.

In appreciation for your patience during this period, I'm discounting a few items. Browse the site to find them!

    • Current: For orders placed after 3/18 @ 430 PM EST: expect your order to ship in roughly 3.5 months. For orders placed earlier within this period, there's a chance that I will be able to ship by the end of May, but don't count on it.

    • For orders placed 3/14 - 3/18 @ 4:30PM EST: expect your order to ship within 8 weeks.
    • For orders placed 3/6 - 3/13: expect your order to ship within 7 weeks.
    • For orders placed 3/1 - 3/5: expect your order to ship within 6 weeks.
    • Orders placed before 3/1: Expect your order to ship within 5 weeks.


These lead times are our best estimates and we do our best to meet or exceed them. If you have a trip coming up and need your shelter by a certain date that is near the expected ship date, please let us know by leaving a comment during checkout. Or, if you will be away and do not want us to ship early, please also let us know.

The Pack

Designed for Movement

The Sassafras is designed for activities demanding stability and freedom of movement. It syncs with your motions to comfortably and predictably stick to your body while the tapered profile keeps the pack out of the way. Storage options up front provide on-the-go access. Every pack is hand built to your size in our small workshop in Virginia.

New features of the 2nd generation Sassafras are in bold.

  • On-the-fly trekking pole stash.
  • Secondary front pockets on shoulder straps.
  • 2 New upper strap pockets for gels, glove liners, etc.
  • More voluminous hip belt pockets.
  • Hydration bladder hanger for better security.
  • Variable volume for a variety of loads and activities.
  • Running vest inspired shoulder straps provide comfort and stability.
  • Dual sternum straps provide adjustable securement.
  • Shoulder strap pockets expand to hold a variety of items.
  • Stretchy mesh upper pockets on shoulder straps provide quick access to gels and other small items.
  • Load stabilizers let you tweak weight distribution on the fly.
  • Zippered sleeve accommodates hydration bladders and keeps other items closer to your back.
  • Zippered side pocket provides a secure place to store keys and wallet.
  • Removable hipbelt to adjust to your varying activities.

Split Personalities

We like to mix up what we do outside. A great weekend for us might mean backpacking to camp on Friday night, then spending Saturday trail running out from camp to work up our appetites. For the runs, we just cinch the Sassafras flat to use it as a hydration pack. We use the zippered sleeve in the back panel for a hydration bladder or to store a jacket closer up against the back. Click here to see a video.

Proudly made in the USA.

Feature Photos

Specifications

Weight: 22.3 oz | 632g

Itemized weight:

  • Pack Body: 18.9 oz | 536g
  • Hip belt: 3.4 oz | 96g
  • Stuff : 0.3 oz | 9g
  • Total: 22.3 oz | 632g
  • Note: This is the weight for most packs. Your measurements may affect this weight by varying degrees, ranging from approximately 21.5 - 23.8 oz (610 - 675g).

Materials:

  • Pack body: VX07 Xpac
  • Primary pockets: Schoeller Dynamic
  • Secondary & hip belt pockets: Lycra mesh
  • Note: VX21 Xpac is also available by request and typically adds about 2 - 3 oz. We recommend this option if you plan to do a lot of scrambling where the pack may scrape up against sharp rocks.

Capacity:

  • Overall Max. Volume: 34L
  • Pack Body (typical): 20L
  • Pack Body (max.): 26L+
  • Pack Body (min.): ~6L
  • Main Shoulder strap pockets: ~.7L x 2
  • Secondary Shoulder strap pockets: ~.2L x 2
  • Side pockets: ~1.2L x 2
  • Back pocket: ~3L
  • Hip belt pockets: ~.5L x 2
  • Gel style pockets: ~.05L x 4
  • Note: All external pockets are stretchy. Volumes given are with the pockets about maxed out.

Sizing

To properly fit your backpack, it's important to take some simple body measurements. Use the guide below to measure your torso length, waist, and chest. We'll use these to build your Sassafras pack to fit your body.

You'll get the best measurements with the help of a friend, but you can still get decent measurements on your own. Just take your time and take the measurements a few times to average the results.

Torso Length:

The distance along your spine from the C7 vertebra to the level of your iliac crest.

  1. Tilt your head forward and find the bony protrusion at the base of your neck. This is your C7 vertebra.
  2. Place your hands on your the top of your hips (iliac crest) with your thumbs pointed horizontally toward your back.
  3. Run a string along your spine from the level of your thumbs to the C7 vertebra.
  4. Measure the length of the string to determine your torso length.
Chest:

The distance around the fullest part of your chest.

  1. Stand up straight with your arms by your sides.
  2. Wrap a string or fabric tape measure around your chest at its widest point, a little below your armpits. This is usually over the nipples and across the shoulder blades.
  3. Breathe normally and try to keep the tape parallel to the ground.
  4. Measure the string or note the distance on the tape measure for your chest measurement.
Natural waist:

The distance around your torso at its narrowest point.

  1. Bend side-to-side to see where your body creases. This should be above the hips but below the ribcage.
  2. Measure the distance around your body at this level to determine your natural waist.

Video

Cinching down the Sassafras

Lead Time

Lead time

For Accessories and items in the 'Scratch & Dent' section:

These items are currently shipping in 1 - 4 business days. If you order accessories with another item with a longer lead time, we'll wait to ship until your complete order is ready.



For backpacks, shelters, tarps, and net-tents:

Notice: YAMA is moving to Montana! Unfortunately, this presents logistical challenges with several unknowns. Currently, I'm planning to pause manufacturing around 5/15 and aim to be back up and running in July. I'm providing my best estimate of expected lead times below, but please understand that these are not guaranteed timeframes.

In appreciation for your patience during this period, I'm discounting a few items. Browse the site to find them!

    • Current: For orders placed after 3/18 @ 430 PM EST: expect your order to ship in roughly 3.5 months. For orders placed earlier within this period, there's a chance that I will be able to ship by the end of May, but don't count on it.

    • For orders placed 3/14 - 3/18 @ 4:30PM EST: expect your order to ship within 8 weeks.
    • For orders placed 3/6 - 3/13: expect your order to ship within 7 weeks.
    • For orders placed 3/1 - 3/5: expect your order to ship within 6 weeks.
    • Orders placed before 3/1: Expect your order to ship within 5 weeks.


These lead times are our best estimates and we do our best to meet or exceed them. If you have a trip coming up and need your shelter by a certain date that is near the expected ship date, please let us know by leaving a comment during checkout. Or, if you will be away and do not want us to ship early, please also let us know.