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Industry Ticker: Blaq’s strapless backpack and a titanium hot dog skewer from Ruckus

Posted by on March 30th, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Ruckus is pivoting to hot dog cooking tools to capitalize on the #hotdogsoutside trend.
(Photo: Ruckus Composites)

Portland is home to bike companies known for pushing the envelope of product design.

Cases in point are BlaqPaks and Ruckus Composites. Their new offerings — available April 1st — are sure to get people talking…

BlaqPaks Zero Strap Backpack

BlaqPaks Announces the Worlds First Zero-Strap Backpack for April First Launch

Today, BlaqPaks, a handmade bag company specializing in waterproof bags, introduces new strapless bag technology that will revolutionize an industry that has long been stagnent. Building on proven dual strap and single strap bag models, this new strapless design frees the wearer from cumbersome over-the-shoulder attachment.

This innovative technology uses a hybrid shirt/bag velcro interface which allows for the fastest possible bag attachement times ever seen. This results in higher user satisfaction according to market research conducted by BlaqPaks. A variety of shirts will be available to match any wardrobe at time of launch.

Regarding the introduction of this revolutionary technology, BlaqPaks co-founder Jeremy Neal said, “We feel that strapless bags are the future for bag wearers everywhere. We predict that in a years time the technology will see broad adoption and we fully expect for strap bearing bags to be a thing of the past.”

Of the April 1st rollout for these innovative new bags, Neal says “It’s the perfect day to showcase new technology. Think of what the day has brought us in the past, from YouTube’s move to DVD to Google’s announcement of their Martian Data Center. We think the Zero-Strap backpack is a great addition to this storied rollout day.”

(*Video by Ginormous Industry)


Ruckus Dog-On-It Skewer

Ruckus Composites, leaders in carbon fiber bicycle repair, announce world’s first titanium hot dog skewers

For ten years, Ruckus Composites has been pushing the boundaries of material science investigation. They’ve brought carbon repair to the mainstream. They’ve evaluated more than 8,000 frames and solved countless problems within the bike industry. But, one question still plagues the team at Ruckus Composites: what the hell is titanium good for?

Introducing the Dog-On-It, the new line of ultralight titanium hot dog skewers—made by Ruckus Composites—specifically for bikepacking adventures. Available in raw titanium or custom anodized finish. Ultralight, simple, elegant, durable and trendy. Made for wayfarers, outdoorsy trendsetters, and people who update their Instagram by the campfire; for adventurers with active, hip and healthy lifestyles. Made by Ruckus Composites, right here in the USA.

The “Dog-On-It” is made of ultra corrosion-resistant titanium, tipping the scales at 30 grams; and features a carbon fiber handle for the ultimate in heat shielding technology. The product is light and simple, and because Ti never degrades, you can enjoy #hotdogsoutside for years to come. The skewers feature #updogtechnology: no more floppy skewers, dropped dogs, or dirty campfire weiners. You spend so much money on everything else, why not have the best-in-class hot dog skewer technology as well?

So put a dog on it, doggone it…we double dog dare ya. Let Ruckus Composites help you prepare for tomorrow’s adventure, today. The road to simple, elegant and ultralight cooking is unpaved.

Ruckus Composites Owner and Head Engineer, Shawn Small says, “Ten years in, and we’re excited to be on the leading edge in pioneering the latest in hot dog technology.”

Have a great weekend everyone!


— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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  • Bikeninja March 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    When the revolution comes the titanium hot dog skewer can be used as a makeshift rapier to dispatch the rentiers

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  • SilkySlim March 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Just ridiculous. You can get carbon fiber roasting rods at <20g, FAR more efficient.

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    • Alan Love March 31, 2018 at 9:06 am

      And since there is less heat transfer, no burnt hands. But do they offer a crash replacement?

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  • Joe Adamski March 30, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    The classic was Sheldon Browns chain cleaning system.

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    • rskpdx March 31, 2018 at 3:01 pm


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    • Middle of the Road Guy April 1, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      I bought all the ShelBroCo products.

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  • Buzz March 30, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    so early April Fool’s, eh?

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  • Mike Quigley March 31, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Oh, my. Let me count the ways this strapless backpack system will go nowhere. But your space is limited.

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  • Alan Love March 31, 2018 at 9:07 am

    (to give full effect) What’s #updogtechnology? (c’mon, somebody…)

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  • johnny burrell March 31, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Some sweet acting by Johnny P. there. Nice work dude!

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  • GlowBoy April 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    The tipoff was that the hot dog skewer isn’t telescoping. #HotDogFail

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