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  • Matador Shop Talk: On-Grid Series Design Decisions

    July 13 2020

    Matador Shop Talk: On-Grid Series Design Decisions

    Designed for city travel using materials perfected for the outdoors, On-Grid Series bags are built to perform as beautifully as they look. Sam, one of the designers on this project, takes us through the design decisions that make these bags optimized for travel on the grid.

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  • National Park Travel Tips

    June 30 2020

    National Park Travel Tips

    While it’s looking like most international travel is still not in the cards for the foreseeable future, National Parks are opening back up, and road trips are looking like the way to go this summer. With restrictions in place to ensure social distancing, it’s actually a great time to visit without the crowds you typically see this time of year....

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  • Matador x CoenFilm: The SEG42 Videos

    May 29 2020

    Matador x CoenFilm: The SEG42 Videos

    Micheal and Tabitha Coen, better known as CoenFilm, have been good friends of the Matador team for some time now. Over the years, we've collaborated on countless videos- from our dynamic studio demos to those epic lifestyle videos that push the limits of what a bag promotion can and should be, they've been the folks in our corner with that magic touch.  In...

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  • Materials Deep Dive

    May 21 2020

    Materials Deep Dive

    As a consumer shopping for a new piece of outdoor gear, fabric terminology can be a bit confusing. The old “apples to oranges” analogy often applies when comparing backpacks made by different companies, of varying fabrics and feature sets. Spend a few minutes(or hours, or days) Googling and you will find more information than you likely bargained for on the...

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  • Matador Shop Talk: SEG42 Design Process

    May 21 2020

    Matador Shop Talk: SEG42 Design Process

    The SEG42 is a revolutionary new architecture of travel pack designed for one-bag travel. Sam, one of the product designers behind the pack, walks us through all of the behind the scenes details: from ideation to prototypes to the final product.

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  • Not Your Average Soap Bar Case

    February 20 2020

    Not Your Average Soap Bar Case

    There’s a reason the FlatPak Soap Bar Case was named “Best Gear of the Year” by Popular Mechanics, and won “Best Accessory” during the annual Carryology Carry Awards. Our customers have described it as “space magic”. We know what you’re thinking, what could possibly make a soap bar case, of all things, award-winning and rave-worthy? Traveling with soap has long...

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  • The 6 Best Gifts for the Travelers on your List

    November 26 2019

    The 6 Best Gifts for the Travelers on your List

    ‘Tis the season for searching high and low for gifts that are unique, useful, and thoughtful. If you have a traveler on your list, look no further than right here. We’ve rounded up 6 gifts that are perfect for anyone planning to hit the road and take a trip this year. 1. Freerain24 2.0 The Freerain 24 2.0 is designed...

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  • Outdoor Fabrics 101

    November 07 2019

    Outdoor Fabrics 101

    As a consumer shopping for a new piece of outdoor gear, fabric terminology can be a bit confusing. The old “apples to oranges” analogy often applies when comparing backpacks made by different companies, of varying fabrics and feature sets. Spend a few minutes(or hours, or days) Googling and you will find more information than you likely bargained for on the...

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  • Materials Deep Dive: The Freefly16

    September 30 2019

    Materials Deep Dive: The Freefly16

    With all the options on the market these days, sometimes it feels like you need a PhD in Gear just to find the right backpack for your needs. We asked our Product Designer, Sam, to break down some gear terminology so you can find the right backpack for you, and impress your outdoorsy friends with new words like "denier". As a consumer...

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  • Keeping our Waterways Clean: Tips from the Trashy Girls Collective

    September 09 2019

    Keeping our Waterways Clean: Tips from the Trashy Girls Collective

    We first heard of the Trashy Girls Collective when they posted a photo of a recent beach cleanup using Matador Hip Packs to free up their hands while they picked up trash. We were so inspired by their work, we asked them to tell us a little more about how they got started, and how we can emulate the work...

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  • Summer Gear Tips from our San Diego Ambassador

    June 21 2019

    Summer Gear Tips from our San Diego Ambassador

    I’ve been a Matador fan and ambassador living in San Diego for 4 years. When Matador asked me what I’ve been up to lately, I was stoked to tell them about my newly launched company - Driftline, where we are excited to announce Drifties™, our patent-pending wetsuit-lined boardshorts. Drifties provide all watersport athletes, like myself, with a supportive and super...

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  • Sri Lanka: Where Your Dream Surf Trip Awaits

    May 24 2019

    Sri Lanka: Where Your Dream Surf Trip Awaits

    A diversity of waves, fragrant curries and smiling faces, Sri Lanka is the surf destination of your dreams. From November to April, the South Coast offers consistent waves for all levels. From May, summer brings world-class waves to Arugam Bay, a fishing town on the East coast. With year round surf, Sri Lanka has something for everyone! Arriving to the...

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  • Three Essential Stops In Sayulita, Mexico, & The Perfect Matador Travel Kit

    May 07 2019

    Three Essential Stops In Sayulita, Mexico, & The Perfect Matador Travel Kit

    Traveling to Sayulita has been on the top of my list for a while now, so when I recently had the opportunity to join some friends for a trip, I was quick to jump on it. As I was packing, I thought it would be a cool idea to write up a quick post about the Matador pieces that I...

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  • Hitchhiking Across The Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

    April 17 2019

    Hitchhiking Across The Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

    We dropped down over Taldyk Pass, and the tiny town of Sary Tash lay spread out before us at the base of the mountain. When my pre-arranged taxi ride from Osh, Kyrgyzstan to Murghab, Tajikistan fell through, I had experienced a few minutes of panic. My Tajik visa was date-specific, and my permitted time in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Area was...

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  • Do I need TSA Precheck?

    March 22 2019

    Do I need TSA Precheck, Global Entry, or other Travel Perks?

    Photo by: Nils Nedel If you spend a lot of time at airports, you know that little comforts can make a big difference. Whether it saves you from standing in an hour-long line, or gets you access to a free sushi buffet before your flight, sometimes paying a little extra is worth the small luxuries. But in a world of...

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  • Visit Patagonia: FAQs and Insider Travel Tips

    February 08 2019

    Visit Patagonia: FAQs and Insider Travel Tips

    THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISITING PATAGONIA.  All the information you need to know, right here in one place! An absolute must read for anybody considering a trip to Patagonia, all based on our first hand experience traveling there. Los Cuernos in Torres del Paine Chile WHY SHOULD I GO? Patagonia has been inspiring visitors for decades. Vivid teal lakes, cloud...

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