Built to Last: Emily Chappell’s Top Tube Pack
Part of the ‘Built to Last’ series, in which we take a look at the stories behind long-serving Apidura Packs. Here, we profile Emily Chappell’s Top Tube Pack, which has accompanied her through ultra-distance races, cross-country tours, and rides to the local shops alike.
Every Scratch Tells a Story
Every time we go out on our bikes, we’re creating experiences and making memories. Every turn of the pedal is another motion of progress, while every scratch to a Pack provides traces of another story earned. Whether they’re from a wild campsite, or a wild descent, we cherish these scuffs as a homage to all of the experiences we’ve had on two wheels.
At Apidura, we pride ourselves in making products that are built to last. Not just because of the benefits that high quality, long-lasting gear offers, but because it means we can be sure both Pack and rider have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and gain as many scratches as possible together.
Here, we celebrate the many varied experiences of a long-time friend of Apidura: Emily Chappell, and her Backcountry Top Tube Pack.
“I’ve had this Top Tube Pack for two-and-a-bit years. It lives on my bike – which means people quite often assume I’m on some ultra-distance adventure when in reality I’ve just ridden to the shops. It has also been with me through the Transcontinental Race, the TransAtlanticWay Race, multiple LEJOGs (Lands End – John O’Groats) and a recent Canadian winter tour though, and it’s seen more European cols that I can remember.”
“It’s been bleached by the sun, disfigured by mud, and changed colour significantly over the years. It’s been there through so many of my adventures, and due to the positioning of it as a Top Tube Pack, it’s actually hovered in the periphery of my vision for thousands of miles.
It’s probably absorbed more sweat droplets than any other Pack I own. I broke the zip once, by trying to do it up over a slightly too bulky iPhone case – lesson learnt.”
“If I had to single out just one memory from rides with this Pack, it would be riding through Albania on Day 9 of the Transcontinental in 2016, fantasizing that I was in a breakaway and about to win a major race – and then I realized that I actually was, and didn’t know what to do with my brain any more.”