MADISON, Wis. – Among the brands at this year's Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties Showcase and National Vendor Presentation was newcomer American Kargo, which showed up with a wide variety of riding packs, hydration packs and gear bags.
The Pennsylvania-based company debuted its first line of products just three months ago.
One of the most popular American Kargo products during the distributor showcase was the Trooper backpack ($180). The pack is the result of a year’s worth of development and testing, according to the company. There are multiple cinch straps, interior and exterior pockets, a laptop/tablet pocket and side pockets intended for small items like tools and first aid supplies. Quick-disconnect shoulder and chest straps are designed to fit easily over the top of the large roller gear bag ($200) so they can be stacked and carried as one piece.
The Trooper measures 22x14x10 inches and is hydration compatible. It comes in black, white and high-visibility yellow, and a rain cover is available for $25.
Other packs in the American Kargo lineup include a track bag ($110), which accommodates a helmet as well as other small pieces of riding gear, and the Sixer ($99), originally designed to fit six pairs of goggles. The interior of the Sixer can be reconfigured to stow other items, like laptops. The Triple ($50) is a smaller version of the Sixer, and the duffle ($115) and carry-on roller ($160) round out the big bags.
The Big Block ($35) keeps small items organized, and is small enough to fit inside the other bags. The Tool Wrap ($30) is made to hold tools secure while riding.
In the hydration pack category, the 1.5-liter Turbo pack is the smallest and lightest, and it was designed with offroad racing in mind. The biggest Turbo pack holds three liters ($130) and is better suited for long rides.
The American Kargo team is working on a POP setup for dealers. The company’s full line is already online and available for ordering. While many of the products available now have an offroad and motocross focus, American Kargo plans to incorporate more street designs into their next round of packs.