On Friday we took the day off to visit Hood River in the Columbia river gorge, home to Rochibaud Batten Systems. We took a factory tour to check out their manufacturing process, meet the staff and show them a few of our packs. We use RBS battens in our backpacks as light, flexible stiffeners, but their longer cousins are used all over the world from America’s Cup boats to cruisers and windsurfers. They showed off some of their newest products, like battens designed to work with roller furlers. We didn’t have time to take a tour of one of our favorite breweries, but we stopped by one of the best shapers on the west coast to order a brand new surfboard.