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High Above's Story

Learn more about our story and meet the team who pours their blood, sweat, and beers into every product that goes out our door.

High Above was started in 2011 out of a garage in Seattle. Our fearless leader JC, started making backpacks and accessories for urban bike commuters. The designs sold like crazy in Japan, so for most of High Above’s existence the majority of bags were shipped overseas. It was much later when, in searching for a straight-forward product to sell domestically, High Above transitioned into what we do best, which is making high quality, domestically made mountain bike products for all of your dirt adventures.

JC Canfield

Owner, Designer and Sewer

Our fearless leader, JC, started High Above in 2010 from a spare room in his apartment in Seattle. After escaping the hectic city, JC headed north for a life full of loam, cider, and tots. When he’s not sewing till his fingers bleed you can find him BSing at the nearest bike shop or eating a bag of Juanita chips.


Marketing and Head of Operations

Yielding from the mountain bike mecca that is Durango CO, McCauley brings her bike industry experience and enthusiasm for playing hard to High Above. She knows how to keep us in line just as well as she knows how to have a good time. McCauley also has a knack for pottery, climbing, skiing, and finding random dogs that she can hang out with.


Designer and Head of Sewing

Brendan started tinkering with sewing machines at a young age mending clothes, sewing patches and repairing outdoors equipment. After joining a USFS Helicopter Rappel program and being introduced to industrial sewing machines used to make Rappel and Aviation equipment he started to dive deeper into the bag manufacturing world and has been hooked ever since.


Wholesale Manager and Tail of Operations

She will turn anything into a competition and fastidiously tackles to-do lists to the ground. While Rach has zero experience in the business world, she’s learned quickly and enjoys working with our various dealers and friends. Outside of biking she’s usually chasing her various pets around, and satisfying her itch for H2O via fishing, surfing (badly), or scuba diving.


The Space Wolf

You know how they say humans and their dogs embody each other? Arrow and John take this to an entirely new level. Arrow, a derpy Labradoodle with a heart of gold is never far from the heels of his human. If you ever have the pleasure of riding Galbraith’s ‘Spacewolf’ you’ll quickly understand how fun, quirky, obnoxious, and straight up rad Arrow is.

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