The Idea Lab

Hiking Backpacks

The Idea Lab is Western owned manufacture of high quality premium Hiking Backpacks. We understand that whilst Chinese factories are becoming increasingly efficient, sometimes they fail to meet our standards of quality and service. We are here to ensure those requirements are met.


If you are looking for high quality bag and rucksack manufacturing services, you are in the right place. The Idea Lab, based in Guangzhou, China, is a quality driven and price focused off shore manufacturing company. Western owned and compliant in international quality standards The Idea Lab is one of the leading companies in South China positioned to deliver some of the best promotional products and design services at the affordable costs. Read below to learn a little about where we focus when manufacturing Hiking backpacks 


A typical hiking backpack will be made from a lightweight polyester that is water resistant and breathable as it is potentially going to be worn for long periods of time. Whilst it is not essential to use a high military spec nylon such as Cordura, given that backpacks are used for carrying a lot of weight, a high denier count is necessary as well as ripstop material. But it is the buckles where The Idea Lab is  really focused on material procurement. The best buckles in the world are made from a patented polymer called Duraflex, possibly the highest end quality plastic in the world. Using such high calibre components is essential to having an excellent end product. Buckles, slips, hooks, retainers and slides will be exposed to pro-longed consistent use. They need to last the distance or your product will fall short of customer expectations. With our feet on the ground and our vast experience in off shore manufacturing, we ensure that the best raw materials are sourced prior to any large scale manufacturing taking place. 


The Idea Lab does a lot of injection moulding as we design and produce glassware for cruise lines, however it is rarely a part of bag and backpack manufacture. Injection moulding works by heating up plastic pellets to melting point and then driving them through a screw into a prepared stainless steel mould. The mould is then cooled and the plastic part is ejected. After it is ejected it is checked for faults and then collected before being sent to the assembly factory for final manufacture. People rarely pay much attention to injection moulded components as the unit cost and often the quantity is negligibly low, however it is important to have direct access to the factory supplying buckles for the backpacks as these components will sustain a great deal of wear and tear. 


Quality Control is always a balance between preparing your order well in the first place, so that there is less chance of things going wrong and having good working relationships with your suppliers so that if & when things do go wrong, you are able to communicate clearly with the supplier the issue at hand and reach a mutual solution as soon as possible. With over ten years experience working in off shore manufacturing in China, The Idea Lab are just the right people to do that. 

Regarding hiking backpacks, it is pertinent that out sourced components are continually held to a good standard and if the buckle supplier is suffering on a lead time, the final assembly house does not take the order elsewhere to a less capable manufacturer just to save time. A high denier, lightweight fabric should be checked thoroughly prior to delivery to the factory as well as making sure that proper strength needles are used to avoid breakages and nesting threads around seams.