The Lost Coast 60 was one of the first backcountry designs we ever developed. We set out to create a fully-featured and lightweight pack that could perform and be comfortably carried on any adventure. Its "Ribcage" construction allowed for the use of lightweight fabrics that can still maintain their structure while under load. The internal frame and pocketed top lid are designed to be removed when you need to cut weight, making the Lost Coast versatile enough to support a multi day trek or a day of exploring in the backcountry. Hidden daisy chains, expandable stretch-fabric pockets, and a windowed weatherproof pocket add technical functionality and a clean-looking aesthetic to the pack. We were rewarded for our design efforts in 2012 when our Lost Coast and Buttermilks backcountry packs were both presented with Backpacker's Editors Choice Awards.
LOST COAST DESIGN PROCESS
Our initial product sketches are the visual representations of the many ideas and iterations we dream up for our designs. Here you can see some of the preliminary sketches of what the Lost Coast could have looked like as well as one of the final sketches we made before starting to build a physical prototype to begin field testing.
Building prototypes is how we bring the work from our sketches to life. The prototyping phase is where we do the bulk of our product testing to help make decisions about what materials and fabric densities to use. Real world product testing is not only fun, it's also crucial in helping us identify and correct potential design flaws in our products. If we identify problem areas, we go back to sketching out possible solutions and then tinkering with, adjusting, or creating more prototypes.
INSIDE LOOK: TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Boreas Lead Designer, Todd Wilkinson has two preferred tools for his sketch work. The first are "cheap pens" you might find in your hotel room. These ball-point pens allow him to use varying hand pressure to control the lightness and darkness of his lines. The second are Paper Made felt tip pens which produce thicker lines to make certain lines or details of a sketch stand out. Together, these simple tools help our pack and tent designs take shape and ultimately come to life.