Friday, January 30, 2015

April Fools Race is Back!!!

All photos courtesy
It's back! The best race ever! A Philadelphia legend! The R.E.Load April Fools Race is back from its hiatus and is ready for fun!
Be ready for shenanigans, foolery, misadventures and a great time!

April 11, 2015. Don't miss the triumphant return!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red Tag Holiday Sale

If you're still shopping for presents or just looking for a good deal, we're running a store wide holiday sale on all of our in-stock bags.

Check out the Sale section on our website or come in to our shop in Philly, and look for the red tag to save up to 40% on our hand produced, locally made bags!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Awesome New Camo

True Timber MC2 Cordura®!

We recently got a few yards of this awesome pattern that combines the brightness of safety orange with the woody print of the "newer" style of hunting camouflage, and, of course, it sparked a discussion of why such a bold pattern would exist in the first place.

Basically it comes down to how deer see:

So, that super-bright orange isn't exactly invisible to a deer, but it isn't nearly as bold as it is to us.

If you really want to get a deer's attention (or a deer hunter's for that matter), get a Small Flightpack made out of this sick camo, and go run around in the woods!

Hit us up if you're interested in getting something made out of this stuff.

Holiday Deadline Pushed Up

Today we had to make a tough decision. We had previously laid out the holiday deadlines to stretch a little further into the month, but we have been experiencing an overwhelming volume of orders, and unfortunately, we have no choice other than to stop taking requests for Build Your Own and Made to Order bags at midnight tonite. We absolutely hate having to call it so early, but we really have no choice. There's just no way we can make any more bags in time for the holidays!

So, if you need a bag in time for holiday delivery, get that order in NOW! Keep in mind, we also have a huge number of existing bags in the SALE category, and there's always our gift certificates, which will allow the recipient to select something from our stock, or build an item of their very own!

We will continue to make our accessories for as long as possible, and should be able to stick to our original deadline calendar...however, to be safe, we really recommend getting that order in sooner than later!

Again, our sincere apologies, but this will insure that everybody gets their gifts on time!


Introducing the new collection Leave Nothing Behind

Desgined and hand printed by Mari Montacelli. Handmade by Ellie Lum and Mari Montacelli in the RE Load SF studio one stitch at a time. Limited run of bags, frame pads, and t-shirts.

An Interview with Mari Montacelli

How old are you?
I am twenty-four years of age.

How long have you been silkscreening professionally for?
I've been silkscreening for six years.

How did you come up with the textile print & concept for this collection?The graphic came from a drawing I made after I kicked a rock, not on purpose, broke one of my toes, though. Made it so it was uncomfortable to walk. It started me thinking about how movement can become restricted easily if you think about it in only a familiar way. That's where the "ghost claw" on the shirts comes from, its an alternative means to keep on, keepin' on. The lines of the textile are from the shirt graphic, in the wings of the bird, then keeping everything black and white. 

What is your favorite thing about making things?
Welp, everything...

How long have you been apprenticing at RE Load?
A little over a year.

How would you describe your apprenticeship?
Its rad. I'm getting to learn how to sew without having to sit in a class. Its pretty similar to how I learned to screen print. You learn a new step, then take into production, pretty much fail at it, then get better eventually because you have the chance to do it over again. B
ut mostly you start to understand why things are made in a certain sequence or why a part goes in a specific place. That understanding isn't confined to the one singular thing you are making, its starts to creep over into the way you understand other stuff, how they are similar and why they need to be different. 

How do you feel about art school?
I have never attended, so I can't really say one way or the other. I was sort of thinking about it, however, financially I couldn't justify it, so at the time my main gripe was that it should be cheaper... Now though, I know it would have been all bad. I have a hard time learning in group settings- I can't pay attention with thirty other people milling about, walking, breathing and what not. Then having a professor demand you process information the same way they do by writing papers or making presentations. Personally, it would have been a waste of time.  If it was taught more as a trade, like,"Here is this technical skill, this is how these instruments work, now GO do as you will with them." I would be interested, but maybe thats more what you'd call design and not art...? 

Tell us about Four Lttr Wrds? 
Four Lttr Wrds is the name of my business. Most screen silk screen shops print large volumes of t-shirts or posters. And thats always a good-time, usually though, the jobs I get are these little unique projects where I get to put a little more
creativity and time into completing the job. 

Sunday, February 03, 2013

RELOAD/REUSE: Plockets now available!

We are committed to throwing less and less away, and in light of this, we are continually developing innovative ways to use our big pile of cordura and liner scraps. As we enter a new year, we renew this committment to be more sustainable by keeping things out of the landfill, leading us into a plethora of new projects in 2013. In particular, I have been mulling over what to do with the pile of liner & Cordura scraps under my cutting table that resembles a futuristic rats nest made by a very industrious rat obssessed with abrasive-resistant waterproof fabric. I have resolved that this unruly mess has to be dealt with-and not by just casting it away to the landfill for the most industrious rats to use for the next thousand years.
Hence, a new product born out of discarded scraps, Plockets, living wall planters! Plockets are great to plant herbs, succulents, or any indoor plant. People have also been known to use them as hanging wall organizers for keys and mail. The possibilities are endless! Plockets take influence from the current living wall planters on the market and put a RELOAD/REUSE spin on them. Stay tuned for more projects that carry our committment to conscious consumption forward. We will be continually offering recycled and upcycled products that use our production scraps and cast-offs. These products will be tagged with our RELOAD/REUSE label. Up-cycling lends itself so well to creativity!
Each Plocket is unique in patterns, color, and style. Plockets are available in 2 sizes, Small and Large. *See product description for specifics Plockets are specifically designed for indoor or outdoor use. * See description of each product for specified indoor or outdoor use. Outdoor Plockets have drainage holes, indoor ones do not. For custom Plocket orders please email
Plockets featured on social media!
Magical Realism
Proper Hustle
Cordura FB

Monday, November 26, 2012

:: Holiday Schedule 2012 ::

Please check out these dates to make sure that any items you are ordering as a gift arrive by Monday, December 24th! These dates are for standard UPS ground shipping (bags) and USPS Priority Mail shipping (accessories). We can offer quicker turnaround/shipping if you need it, but you MUST contact us directly BEFORE ordering the item!

So, with that out of the way, here we go....again, please be sure to contact us if you have any questions!

For in-stock bags (any of the Single or Double strap bags in the SHOP section):

For shipments to Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota: Your order must be placed by 1pm EST on Monday, December 17th.

For shipments to South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska: Your order must be placed by 1pm EST on Tuesday, December 18th.

For shipments to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida: Your order must be placed by 1pm EST on Wednesday, December 19th.

For shipments to Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, NewYork (outside of NYC), Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan: Your order must be placed by 1pm EST on Thursday, December 20th.

For shipments to New York City (ONLY NYC!), Pennsylvania. New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland: Your order must be placed by 5pm EST on Thursday, December 21st.

For in-stock accessories (any of the accessories in the SHOP section):

For all domestic shipments, your order must be placed by 1pm EST on Wednesday, December 19th.

For custom-built accessories (any of the accessories in the BUILD YOUR OWN section):

For all domestic shipments, your order must be placed by 7pm EST on Monday, December 17th.

For any custom-built bags (any of the single or double strap bags in the BUILD YOUR OWN section):

We are guaranteeing delivery by Monday, December 24th on all custom bag orders (without graphics) that are placed by 7pm on Friday, November 30th. After this date, we cannot guarantee delivery on time for the holidays unless you contact us first. PLEASE do not order online before contacting us, then email us saying you need it done faster. We will do our best to accommodate late orders, but we do have limited time, and we may have to charge extra for quicker turnaround and/or expedited shipping.

For any custom-built bags that include graphics:

You need to contact us directly, as soon as possible, if you are going to have even a chance at getting the bag on time!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

:: The Brand New R.E.Load Saddle Roll ::

This summer it seems like we've been getting almost daily requests to make some sort of saddle we've done it! Our new Saddle Roll is a simpler take on our long-running Pro Tool Roll, with three large slots for wrenches, multi-tools, tire levers, patch kits, tubes, or whatever you may need for simple fixes. Roll it up, and full-length Velcro® will keep everything securely closed while you thread the nylon webbing straps through your seat rails and back around the entire roll. Click in the National Molding® quick release buckle, and you're good to go!

The Saddle Roll is available now in the updated Tool Rolls & Pouches section of our website, along with the original Pro Tool Roll and brand new Tube Pouches and Simple Pouches.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On Saturday, July 21st, we are happy to be hosting the opening reception for Mark price's installation in the DETOUR window! Come through, 7-9pm, and check out the work and talk with Mark! The R.E.Load backyard will be open, featuring the usual treats!

Press Release: 
Our Age / Ruined Monolith
Mark Price
Detour at Reload
608 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Price’s work speaks to a deep-seated human fear of groundlessness and change. We seek stability and a world we recognize as sane and reliable, and Price’s work won’t give it to us. Instead he offers incomplete warnings of a shattered future in gestures that pierce the picture plane, flattening it into jagged shards that we strain to recognize. A silhouetted character appears from time to time in the work, functioning as a reminder of the fragmentary and incomplete nature of consciousness. In Price’s installation, our own experience can no longer be trusted. The high-resolution screen through which we view things has shattered into stuttering and razor-sharp hi-contrast graphic regions. Fragmentary bits of a larger situation, his collages emerge into a three-dimensional plane that feels tentative, vulnerable, and hyper-real. 

“Price’s visual world consists of both appropriated scenes and personal machinations of pure imagination. In it are fragments of collected, distorted, and replicated artifacts—an arrangement of shadows in a parking garage, the sinister implications of a computer error message, and the menacing pattern of caution paint at a Hong Kong toll plaza…The result of this combination is a hypnotic tour of where our psychological and information architecture collide.” - Maxwell Neely-Cohen

Mark Price (b. 1981, Detroit) lives and works in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In 2009 his work was selected by curator Aaron Betsky for inclusion in the internationally recognized Confines exhibition at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern. His work is represented in New York by Kesting / Ray.