August 18th, 2017

If you want a convenient travel backpack, but don’t need an actual travel backpack, the Timbuk2 Uptown Backpack might be something worth looking into. While it’s not perfect and it may not hold up against designated travel bags. the Uptown definitely has some advantages over an everyday backpack. Made for work and travel, the Timbuk2 backpack delivers in some areas and lacks in others. Let’s discuss why that is by taking a closer look, starting with, as always, the ways in which the bag does a great job.

What You Should Know About the Timbuk2 Uptown Backpack: Specs, Materials, and Features

Below is the general information of the backpack, paying attention to the exterior materials, features, and specifications. This info can help you decide if, on paper, the Uptown will be right for your needs. For instance, are these dimensions going to work for your travel purposes, or would you be better off with something bigger? Smaller? Here you can decide for sure if you’d be interested in the Uptown.

Specifications of the Timbuk2 Uptown

Dimensions:  19.49 x 6.5 x 11.22 inches

Accommodates up to a 15″ laptop

Medium Sized

Weight: 2.4 pounds

30L  capacity

Price: $119

Materials: Made with 400D Nylon Faille

Nylon is a typical material used in most backpacks, and it’s usually the cheapest option for manufacturers. While these types of backpacks do a good job of holding up, in the long run, you may experience wear and tear if treated poorly.

Features: Ventilated Back Panel to Keep You Cool

Bikers can rejoice at the fact that this backpack

August 16th, 2017

As more and more backpack companies hop on the hybrid, modular backpack trend, it gets harder to tell which bags are worth it and which are just marketing hype. The eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible is a tricky bag to rank because, on one hand, a number of features, space, and the practicality of the bag makes it a great find. But there are some tweaks that I think need to be made in order to make the bag worth $200, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a “bad” bag. Just like the Slicks travel backpack, there are ways that this backpack is good for travel use. 

So, here are all the ways I think this bag is fantastic for weekend travel.

The TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Has Plenty of Space, and Then Some

When looking for a weekend travel backpack, the biggest problem is finding a backpack that’s big enough for everything without exceeding airline carry-on dimensions. This is not an issue with the TLS. In fact, the TLS is one of the bags that gets it right when it comes to providing enough packing space.

Space and Capacity of the TLS Mother Lode

One of the great things about this backpack is the space capacity. On the site, the dimension are 22″ x 14″ x 9” which is a pretty generous size for a weekend travel backpack. On top of that, the laptop compartment is customizable and

August 11th, 2017

Kickstarter and Indiegogo companies are always overflowing with new and creative ideas, especially when it comes to their backpacks.

It can be a little overwhelming diving head first into all these amazing ideas.

So we decided to create a list of unique Kickstarter and IndieGoGo backpacks. These bags are sure to make you stand out in a crowd and make you the envy of all of your friends.

Before we get started, what unique and innovative backpack feature is really important to you?

Choose a Kickstarter or IndieGoGoBackpack That Is As Unique As You Are

Why settle for a backpack that is JUST a backpack? Step up your game and get one as amazing as you.

Whether that unique factor comes from its’ storage capability, advanced technology, theft prevention, philanthropic twist, or its’ versatility.

Don’t let yourself just fall into the mainstream, take on the challenge of being unique!

After this, you’ll never understand why people settle for just a normal backpack.

A Kickstarter Backpack That Makes You Mobile – The Movpak

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The Movpak is your typical features like any normal backpack. It has durable zippers, a laptop sleeve, an interior pocket, and a large main section to store clothes and books.

Just another backpack, right? Wrong.

Roll Up In Style

The Movpak not only holds all of your items, it also

August 11th, 2017

Have you ever wanted your work bag to also be a gym bag, and a travel bag, all in one? Well, you’ll be glad to hear about the Slicks backpack, because it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for. Originally launched on Kickstarter in early 2016, the ingenious modular design of this backpack is what makes it stand out from other bags out there. Aside from the Boundary Prima System backpack, there aren’t many modular backpacks that have caught my eye. The Slicks backpack was made with one goal in mind: to give you as many packing and travel options in one bag. With its convenient features, you’re able to customize your Slicks bag to fit your particular travel needs. Let’s take a closer look at this transforming backpack, shall we?

A Work Travel Backpack That You Can Also Use Everyday? Here’s Why the Slicks Backpack Is So Versatile

Why is this backpack the perfect bag for work, gym, travel, and commute? It basically comes down to three things: the size, comfort, and organization capacity of the Slicks backpack.

Here is a brief rundown of the specifications of backpack you need to know:

  • Size: L 52cm X W 32cm X 20cm
  • 30 L capacity
  • Fits a 15” Laptop
  • Water resistant exterior
  • Rain cover included
  • TSA carry-on dimension compliant

This is very general information, but what’s important to point out is the size of the Slicks

August 11th, 2017

When it comes to commuter backpacks, the more lightweight and minimalist, the better. SlimFold’s, creators of the Slim Wallet, have made their mark on the commute backpack world with their Slim Pack backpack. While some backpacks like the Nomatic travel backpack, are huge, this backpack is the opposite. The Slim Pack, which retails for $199, is about as minimalist as backpacks get. Originally funded on Kickstarter, this backpack weighs less than most backpacks and manages to protect everything inside with its quality materials.

Find out how such a small bag delivers on its promise as a weatherproof commuter backpack.

Slimpack: A Slim Backpack With Comfort Design and Quality Materials

If you’re looking for a backpack that’s designed for looks and function, the Slimpack doesn’t disappoint. It looks cool, that’s for sure! But it’s also a bag that delivers on comfort and durability. And that’s all due to design and materials that SlimFold used.

Lightweight, Comfortable, and Convenient: The Slim Pack Backpack

The comfort of the Slim Pack can be linked to the fact that it’s super lightweight. The Slim Pack backpack is one of the most lightweight backpacks out there. Unpacked, it can weigh between 1 to 1.5 lbs. For a lot of people, heavy backpacks aren’t much of a turn-off. However, if you walk long distances, or if you bike, heavy backpack loads can get worse over time. Not to mention the long term damage a heavy backpack can do to your back and shoulders. That’s why, for those who don’t carry

August 9th, 2017

When it comes to function and style, Keep Pursuing never seems to miss the ball. Their most recent creation is no exception. The Zero-G backpack, shown here, originally launched on Kickstarter in August 2016, was highly successful with over $290,000 raised. The popularity of this bag is almost comparable to that of the timbuk2 aviator backpack.

But why does this backpack stand out among the rest? Well, as it turns out, the zero g backpack claims to be the first weight reducing backpack! Learn how they managed to do it while still maintaining a minimalist design.

Follow me as I walk you through the features of this bag, starting with a first glance at the exterior, then moving into the interior and everything else.

What are the Zero-G Backpacks Materials, Design Features, and Hardware?

Sometime you have to be sceptical regarding the Materials and design of a backpack. And the Zero-G bag by KP is interesting.

Sideview of KP Zero-G

The first thing that caught my eye when I received my Keep Pursuing bag is the durable looking exterior. The matte PU leather is smooth and sophisticated, perfect for anyone in a professional work setting. The Zero-G backpack is also well structured, with an almost cocoon shape to it, allowing for the bag to hold its shape. At a first glance, this pod looking backpack seems simple, compact and frankly, plain. But don’t be fooled, there’s more materials and design going on here than

July 31st, 2017

Anyone that rides their bike or takes public transportation knows that a commuter backpack is a helpful tool use to make your daily commute a little easier. It has many duties.

In a perfect world, your commuter backpack should hold all your stuff, protect it with from elements and a comfortable fit wouldn’t hurt either.

Not only that, but you’re probably also looking for a bag that looks cool and stylish but that you still feel comfortable using for work

So with this in mind, we’ve created a list of commuter backpacks to help you pick which one fits your lifestyle and commute the best. But before we jump into our list it’s necessary to know what exactly you should be looking for in your commuter backpack.

What is a Commuter Backpack?

When deciding on what commuter pack to choose, thinking about how you commute is a good place to start.

Maybe you ride your bike to work? Then you’ll want to choose a bag that’s durable and weatherproof. Something that’s comfortable to bike around with and that keeps you safe biking down the busy streets. 

Taking a bus or train? Then you’ll want something large but compact and with enough comfort and protection to keep all your essentials safe. 

It can be difficult to narrow it down to one pack that does it all. It helps to

July 18th, 2017

The Monty Rolltop Messenger Bag

Mission Workshop is a sister company to Chrome, another company that makes gear for cyclists and city folk.

At Mission Workshop, they’ve zeroed in on style and coolness, while maintaining the utility that made them famous with Chrome.

The Monty Bag, specifically, feels like they’ve aimed for the sweet spot between versatility of use and focused design.

Reviews of the Monty Messenger Bag from Other People

I agree with this review from Steven Yau’s Blog:

When the bag was delivered, I initially had comfort concerns as the back and bottom of the bag was not padded. I managed to mitigate this with an old laptop sleeve (one of those that you can supposedly drop an egg on and it won’t crack) which also gave me a ’slot’ to slip my laptop into.

It also felt heavier than I expected (1.35kg) due to the waterproof lining all around the bag but it didn’t matter too much after the bag was on my shoulder as the strap took must of the weight and spread it across my chest.

In terms of organization, the two front pockets were roomy enough to fit all my loose tech accessories such as USB cables, chargers, batteries etc and also my pens and notepad. I also found that there was more internal organization than I

July 17th, 2017

Herschel Supply Little America Backpack Review Black

The Herschel Supply Little America Backpack is a very well made backpack. There is a large pouch that it the main pocket and a smaller pouch for smaller objects. The large pouch has a magnetic flap that covers it but also has a drawcord to keep the objects secure. 

There is a large, fleece-lined, padded laptop holder in the large pouch that can fit most laptops. The pouch also has two Velcro closed pockets that can be used to put water bottles in.

Next to one of the compartments has a headphone port with it as well. The smaller pouch also has a magnetic flap along with a zipper. This pouch has a key chain holder that the owner can use as well.

The smaller pouch is used for miscellaneous items while the larger pouch can be used for items such as books or other large things.

Compartments and Interior Organization of the Herschel Backpack

Large Main Interior Pouch

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The large pouch has plenty of room for whatever you need as the bag is 19.5 inches high, 11.25 inches wide and 7 inches deep. You will be able to fit a number of things inside of this pouch.

The pouch has a very nice red and white pinstripe design that contrasts the black and tan exterior of the bag.

July 12th, 2017

The Wenger Synergy Backpack by Swiss Gear is large enough to carry a bunch of stuff all at once. Over the 4 years that I have owned it I have used it almost every day. After all of these years, it has held up considerably well given the amount of weight that is usually inside it.

Wenger is a Swiss company that has been around since 1893. You might recognize the logo from the world-famous Swiss-army knife. I’m not sure how long Swiss Gear has been designing luggage and packs, but this backpack has been very good to me.

Wenger Backpack’s Specs and Key Features

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This is by no means a small backpack. Swiss Gear designed the Wenger Synergy bag to hold a lot of gear at once. This is obvious given the numerous pockets and large capacity within those pockets. The fabric is durable and designed to hold a lot of weight, but your back may not be happy with you if you load it up to the max.

Size and Dimensions 

To sum it up, it is big. Not necessarily in height or in width, but certainly in depth. If the backpack is filled to capacity, you will look a bit like your carrying a turtle with a tumor on your back. Since it can be so wide, you have to consider weight distribution, as back pain may arise from putting the heavy