I got my first Bill's Bag for a canoe trip on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in 2008—three decades after the product came to market. While NRS has tinkered with the accessories and materials, the design has remained largely unchanged since those first prototypes, and for good reason.
Matt Thomas was a world-class kayaker who got paralyzed in a mountain-bike accident. His friend Joe Jackson moved in for a demanding stint as a caregiver. Outdoor sports were off the table, of course—until Thomas heard about paragliding.