It all started in 2014 when our founder Nick was on a backpacking trip...wait, let's back up a bit.
Circa 2011, Flagstaff made national news when someone hacked a construction sign and changed the message to "ROGUE PANDA ON RAMPAGE." Nick was driving his crew of volunteers home from a trail work hitch when he passed the sign and laughed.
Ok, back to 2014. Nick was on a backpacking trip that accidentally turned into a bikepacking trip wearing a backpack. He had been designing and sewing gear for himself for a while, but hadn't made a frame bag yet. After that accidental bikepacking trip, it was a no-brainer to make bike bags and soon enough friends started requesting them. Just like that, Rogue Panda was born.
Eight years later, we've grown into a larger team, but the philosophy is still the same - building the best products we can, without losing touch of our wacky, dirtbag roots.
Dedicated. Rugged. Relentlessly Custom.
We're obsessed with creating the best bikepacking bags we possibly can. That's just how we roll—constantly improving our products.
Every bag we develop is ran through the ringer until we're satisfied that it will last for years and years.
Want mushrooms or avecados printed all over your frame bag? We print all of our fabrics in house to provide shorter lead times and better customer service. We even printed ground beef for a customer ... once.
Meet the Pandas
Panda in Chief
Best Known For: developing obscure ice cream flavors.
After doing his time in conservation work, Nick started his own bikepacking company and then took up artisanal ice cream making. Ever dreamed of eating Hay flavored ice cream? Yea, neither had we.
Nick gets his vitamin D riding his Revel Rascal on local trails, through-hiking the Grand Canyon and climbing anywhere you can find rocks.
Master of Seams
Best Known For: hosting the brunch party you wish you were invited to.
Tommy joined Rogue Panda in 2016 with 25+ years of costume design experience. Looking for unmatched wit or an 1800-era costume—look no further.
Outside of work, you'll find him hosting friends—old, new and yet to be—to a brunch, happy hour, karaoke or a drag show.
General Mayhem Manager
Best Known For: sneaking up behind you, covering your eyes and saying, "Guess who."
We rescued Ted from an attic, where he was sitting gathering dust. Now he’s free to pursue a life of rogue activities, such as:
- Double dipping his bamboo
- Directing tourists to Walmart instead of the trail
- Putting his empty milk carton back in the fridge
Customer Care Panda Bear
Best Known For: rocking shiny, gold high-tops as her casual footwear.
Dog's Name: Journey (pit mix)
Jen hiked Denali and then hiked her ass to Flagstaff to enjoy 300+ days of sun every year.
As the Customer Care Panda Bear, she takes on the momentous duty of providing the best damn customer service this side of the Mississippi while ensuring all our bags make it safely to their new homes
Lead Sewist - Universal Bags
Best Known For: rocking Arizona's official neckwear any day of the week.
Dog's Name: Bozo (husky)
As a rule, Forrest doesn't own a vehicle or bike younger than himself. So, he's gotten pretty good at fixing them when they break down.
Forrest has taken on the challenge of keeping all our ducks (aka Top Tube & Universal Bags) in a row. He helps Rogue Panda become more efficient in production and our bags more efficient on your bike.
Sewist - Frame Bags
Best Known For: his unrequited love of Toby McGuire.
Dog's Name: Zola (best doggo ever)
Kai makes the world a better place by almost exclusively biking to work. And when he does drive, he makes the workshop a better place by bringing Zola with him.
Kai started off sewing Top Tube bags and then moved to Frame Bags. This guy—he does it all!
Sewist - Frame Bags
Dog's Name: Rupert & Winry (cattle dogs)
Sewist - Universal Bags
Best Known For: being the most mysterious man in Flagstaff.
Sewist & Master Builder
Best Known For: being the guy you can rely on to laugh at your jokes.
Dog's Name: Neil (wolf dog)
Sam served his time in the Navy, so you know he can rock a suit and that boy sure does know how to clean.
Apart from sewing anything you need him to, Sam can master mind any workshop build we throw at him.