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Cotopaxi Allpa 35L: Highlights of This New Travel Backpack

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If you plan to travel soon and prefer to walk around, hands-free, with just a backpack, you may want to take a look at the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L backpack, right now. On Indiegogo alone, Cotopaxi managed to raise over a million dollars to fund this project. Why so much hype for a backpack? My hunch is that it’s both a combination of the Allpa’s design and function that’s attracted a large amount of attention. Smaller than most giant travel backpacks, the Allpa 35l still has enough packing capacity to carry around 3 (4 if you’re a packing wiz) days worth of clothes.

Currently, the Allpa is going for $145 on Indiegogo, but who knows for how much longer that’ll remain. So if you want to act fast and get this huge deal, here are the highlights of the backpack you need to know.

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The Allpa 35L Backpack: Specifications and Basic Information to Know

Dimensions: 20” X 12” X 8”

Fits 15” laptop

Capacity: 35L

Weight: 3lbs

The size of the Allpa 35L makes it suitable to use as a carry-on backpack, not a personal item. Just to clarify, this means that you can’t bring the Allpa with you with a rolling

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Your Guide to the NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack

 

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The NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack project on Kickstarter definitely has this whole crowdfunding thing figured out.

If you haven’t heard, NOMATIC is making history on Kickstarter and pulling in record high earnings.

And it’s not by accident that they’re having so much success. The successful backing of the NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack are because of both bags are stylish and functional while offering a wide array of unique features.

We decided to look a bit closer at these two bags. And by the end, we’ll give you our honest opinion on this NOMATIC project.

The NOMATIC Backpack for Everyday Use and the NOMATIC Travel Pack for Those Short 1-3 Day Trips

The idea behind offering these two bags is that though they may look the same, they were each designed for a specific function and purpose.

The NOMATIC backpack is meant to be your go-to everyday backpack. I wouldn’t label it as an ideal bag for bike commuters and it’s a little pricey for college students. But it seems like a good fit for young professional based on its sleek look and design.

As for the NOMATIC travel pack, this bag was made for those short weekend trips with

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Osprey’s Farpoint 40 Backpack Has the Extra Room You Need For Any Adventure

A high-quality backpack is needed whether you travel a lot, or you are still a student. A reliable and durable backpack can last for years, and in buying one you have to consider the amount of weight that it can carry, and the other capabilities added to the product. For travelers, for example, a high-quality backpack is necessary as all the things that they would need should fit inside it, it does not necessarily mean that it has to be big, but it should be spacious enough to throw in the small things that they would need on the road.

Osprey Backpacks Have a Reputation for Being Durable

If you are looking for a backpack that will not fail you, then Osprey is the right brand for you. Osprey is a backpack brand that hikers have sworn their trust to; their ergonomic backpacks allow their customers to walk or hike comfortably without any discomfort or pain. For years they have innovated and expanded to all parts of the globe to deliver the same comfort and elegance that the American customers have been experiencing. And since Osprey is owned and founded by a self-declared adventurer, rest assured that this company will strive to achieve perfection in every model that they release.

Introducing the Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack

One of their bestselling backpacks is the Farpoint 40; this product comes in two colors, jasper

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A Closer Look at the Osprey Porter 30 Travel Backpack

Thinking about the Osprey Porter 30? If you are planning to go for a light travel or any other short-term outdoor adventure, you need to carry along a backpack that will cater for the trip. It should be capable of accommodating all of your stuff and at the same time enhance your portability. Simply, the Osprey 30 is a backpack that is designed to cater for small trips.

It is the lightest and the smallest backpack in the Porter’ series, and this makes it a perfect carry–on. It is something that you can wear throughout the day without feeling drained or overwhelmed. This review will give you all the details that you need to know about Osprey Porter 30.

About the company

Osprey is a Colorado-based company that that is located just a few miles away from the rugged and magnificent, the San Juan Mountains. This location speaks a lot about the company’s goal and mission. First, it is a testing ground for the packs from the company. Since Osprey specializes in producing backpacks for adventurers, it will only be wise that they test them in such environment. The location also motivates the company to come up with more innovative products for trekkers and adventurers.

Features of Osprey Porter 30

To determine whether this backpack is ideal for you, let’s have a breakdown of its main features.

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The WANDRD HEXAD Duffel Travel Backpacks: For Those Who Want to Pack Heavy

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On my list of most anticipated travel bags are the WANDRD HEXAD Duffel bags. For those of you who may not know, WANDRD successfully launched another Kickstarter campaign early summer of 2017. This time, they’ve come out with two dedicated modular travel backpacks that you can use as a carry-on bag. Given their success with the PRVKE series, I wanted to take a closer look at the WANDRD HEXAD Duffel bags and the features that make them functional, versatile, and long-lasting.

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How Do the HEXAD Duffel Bags Compare to Other Carry-On Travel Backpacks?

It’s important to first understand how these bags should be used, who should use them, and if they will work for you. The best way to go about learning this information is to do simple comparisons between these bags with other travel backpacks out there in the market now.

I’m only going to focus on the Carryall 40L and Access 45L bags for now, as most other carry-on travel backpacks are similar in size.

How Big is the Carryall 40L and Access 45L, Really?

For reference, both bags have the same dimensions as the TLS Motherlode Weekender Convertible Travel Backpack. And that backpack is huge. It’s one of those bags that can carry everything you want, however,

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Boundary Prima System and Modular Backpack: Everything You Need to Know

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The Boundary Prima System on Kickstarter is pushing the boundaries when it comes to creating backpacks and providing sustainable products.

Instead of using separate bags for work, travel, and your camera gear, the Prima System is these 3 bags in one.

With features that adapt to your needs, this modular backpack keeps all your gear organized and protected no matter where life may take you.

Let’s take a closer look at how Boundary’s Prima System works and whether or not it’s right for you.

The Boundary Prima System for Work, Travel, and Photography

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By combining all 3 of the components of the Boundary’s Prima System, they believe that their backpack can be used as a work bag, a travel backpack, and a camera bag.

I’m a little less convinced on how well this bag would work when it comes to a serious travel bag but based on the design features, it seems really suited for biking and hiking in urban or more natural environments.

Even though Boundary claims to suit work and travel, I think the Prima System really shines when it comes to packing camera gear.

It easily fits and secures your camera and other gear with enough room

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The Miir Commuter Backpack – In Depth

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The Miir Commuter Bag from Top to Bottom

Miir, a backpack company that started on Kickstarter a few years back, has returned with a new bag, the Miir Commuter Backpack. Created with the best waterproof materials out there, this backpack is ideal for bike commuters and anyone who commutes to work. And while 25L doesn’t seem like a lot, you’d be surprised by how much you can fit inside here. Besides one or two hiccups that I found, the Miir Commuting Backpack seems to be a great choice for urban commuters.

Valuable Tips About Using Bike Commuter Backpacks You Should Know

Whether you bike everywhere, use public transportation or take Lyft, you know that getting around is much easier when you carry less. And although backpack companies would like to make you believe that the more you can carry, the better the bag, this simply doesn’t apply to daily travel. When you’re moving from point A to Point B, you want to be quick without inconveniencing anyone else around you (because, humanity).

Below are some general guidelines that will help you cut down on clutter you may be carrying with you. This isn’t just for comfort, but also for improved organization, overall. 

1.) Before you pack it, ask yourself, do you really need it? Some people have a tendency to pack a lot of miscellaneous items, like pens, notebooks, and other office supplies,

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Does the KP Zero G Backpack Deliver Essential Comfort or HYPE?

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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

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Hackpack Backpack From Kickstarter: Dream Bag For Young Professionals?

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The Hackpack commuter bag by Hackpack Design, originally launched on Kickstarter, was created out of a need for a versatile, professional backpack. Kim and Ed, the creators, set out to make the best commuter bag for daily and light travel use. The result? The Hackpack. A 4-in-1 commuter backpack that transforms into a briefcase, messenger, and sling, this modular bag seems like it can appease all types of commuters. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the bag that seems to have it all.

Hackpack’s Four Styles: Backpack, Messenger, Sling, and Briefcase

Before we get into how the Hackpack can take on four forms, let’s first discuss one important question:

Why would you want a bag with so many different styles? Who would need that?

This is the first question that came to my mind when I came across this product, not gonna lie. And it’s a fair thing to ask because I like to keep things simple and didn’t really understand why anyone would want to complicate their life with all the features this bag offers.

But as I began to read more about the product and the goal of the creators, it became clear to me that this is a product that people out there will actually appreciate. This bag takes into consideration commuter’s and professional’s

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Everything You Need to Know About the Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack

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Consider you’re going on a trip, and you don’t really want to bring a suitcase carry-on or even check in luggage. You’re looking for the ultimate carry-on to handle your travel needs. I wanted to share my thoughts on the Timbuk2 Aviator travel backpack.

Here’s the deal, my first impression is the Timbukt2 Aviator is a decent travel backpack.

But, I want to go a little bit more in depth so you can make a well-informed decision of whether you want to buy this backpack.

So, let’s begin.

Overview of the Timbuk2 Aviator Travel Backpack

Before we begin, let’s first cover the general information about the Aviator.

Aviator Dimensions, Weight, and Capacity

The specifications of the bag are as follows:

  • Dimensions: of the Aviator are 22.83″ x 13.39″ x 9.45″. (The Aviator is a good Carryon backpack size).
  • Weight:  It weighs a little over 4 Lbs, 6 oz  (or 2 kg).
  • Volume: It has a capacity of 1820 inches.

Backpack Organization

This backpack comes equipt with the following organization features:

  • The Main Compartment
  • A Laptop Compartment
  • A Mid-size compartment
  • 3 Smaller Compartments

Price of the Timbuk2 Aviator

As of writing this post, I have seen it advertised for $189.  But, I have also seen it on sale.

Now that I’ve covered the basic information, let’s dive into the overview of the exterior features and compartments.

Timbuk2 Aviator Exterior Features Overview

In this section, I talk about the exterior features of the bag and my thoughts on

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Our List of the 10 Best Commuter Backpacks (Really…)

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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 the definitive 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 Makes a Commuter Backpack Different?

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

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How Does the eBags Professional Weekender Compare to Other Travel Backpacks?

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Another member of the eBags TLS family is the Professional Weekender. Whereas the TLS Mother Lode Weekender is large, and the Slim Laptop Backpack is small(ish), the Professional Weekender is the happy medium. Or is it? Like with most other travel backpacks, the issue isn’t that it may not be big enough, but that it’s possibly too big. While there is no doubt that all of these bags can carry an impressive amount of items, it’s still unclear which backpack has the happy medium between big enough, but not unnecessarily big.

To help clear up the confusion, I’ve broken down how the eBags Professional Weekender performs against the other two eBags backpacks I’ve covered: the Slim Laptop Backpack and the Mother Lode Weekender.

Each of the three backpacks serves a different purpose for different needs. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better idea of what backpack is better suited for you.

eBags Professional Weekender: Specifications and Features of the Backpack

Combining a laptop and travel backpack, Professional Weekender is built to keep both your clothes and electronics organized. The sleek profile of the Weekender sets it apart from a typical travel backpack, giving you a more professional look.

Specifications of the eBags Professional Weekender

Dimensions:

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The Minaal 2.0 Carry On: A Minimalist Packer’s Dream and a Backpacker’s Worst Nightmare

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On the spectrum of carry-on travel backpacks, the Minaal Carry On 2.0 Backpack is one of the higher-end options available to you. In fact, compared to the Incase EO travel backpack, that’s also a carry-on laptop bag, the Minaal costs over $100 more. And while it’s not in the Tumi price range, it can still leave a dent in your wallet.  But to spend that much money on a backpack, you need to know what you’re paying for, right?

So, why does the Minaal Carry On cost so much? Because it’s bigger? No. In fact, even though the Minaal Carry On 2.0 travel bag is smaller than most, it costs, if not more, than other bigger travel backpacks on the market.

No, as it turns out the Minaal Carry On 2.0 was built specifically to reduce how much you can pack. Why would a backpack company do that? Here’s why.

Who is the Minaal 2.0 Travel Backpack Built For?

Depending on how you travel and what you pack, this backpack can either be a nightmare or a miracle bag.

The Minaal Carry On is for people who want to travel with a single backpack and don’t mind minimalist packing. And just to be clear, minimalist packing applies to both clothes and electronics. It’s a convenient pack that can fit up to four days worth

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Best and Worst Things About the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack

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The Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack is known for being able to hold a lot a weight while still retaining its shape. This is greatly due to the exterior design of the pack and is what sets it apart from similar backpacks, like the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L Carry-On Backpack. Another distinction of the Osprey Porter 46 backpack is the panel loading style, which some people end up either loving or hating. So, if you want to learn more about all the features this travel bag has to offer, keep reading!

The Osprey Porter Travel Backpack Bag, 46-Liters Of Packing Fun

If you’re looking for a travel backpack to use as a carry-on, the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack isn’t a bad choice. It’s not perfect, but for the majority of the part, it’s a great bag to have with you when traveling. Although there are some things about it that I would’ve preferred were done differently, it has some great features that shouldn’t be overlooked either.

First and foremost, this backpack can carry a lot. 46L pushes the carry-on restrictions, but you shouldn’t have a problem fitting this in the overhead compartment of a plane.

The Osprey Porter 46 Travel Pack also feels durable and sturdy, which gives a sense of comfort to travelers who are solely using a backpack for travel and nothing else. Made to resist moderate rain, you won’t have to worry about your

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How Does the Incase EO Travel Backpack Compare to Other Tech Travel Bags?

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Another popular tech travel backpack that you see everywhere is the Incase EO Travel Backpack. Very similar to the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible, this backpack is a hybrid between a laptop bag and travel backpack. But how does this backpack compare?

General Specifications of the Incase EO Travel Backpack

Dimensions: 21.5″ x 15″ x 5″ (L x W x H)

Capacity: 24L

Compatibility: 17” Laptop and iPad.

Material: Water-resistant 300D Polyester, with a triple coating on the black model.

Features: Mesh padded back panel and shoulder straps, with a sternum strap for support.

Price: $179

A Closer Look At the Compartments of the Incase Laptop Travel Backpack

Now, before I compare how the Incase travel pack holds up against other backpacks, I first want to discuss the features of the bag and all the things I think it does well.

Two Quick Access External Pockets

On the front, there’s a horizontal, easy access zip-pocket to carry your flight documents. Under the top grab-handle, there is a hidden smartphone pocket lined with faux-fur to keep it safe from scratches.

Organizer Compartment

The accessory compartment located in front of the main compartment is perfect for storing all your tech accessories. There’s also enough room for a thin binder or notebook if you need it. Inside you’ll two mesh pockets, four nylon slip pockets, and two pen holders. You can organize

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Is the eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack Right For You?

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For anyone professionals out there that want a backpack dedicated to carrying your electronics, you should check out eBags Slim Laptop Backpack. Similar to the Slimpack Kickstarter Backpack, the ebags Slim Professional Backpack has a minimalist design for everyday commuters. Whether it’s for work or for travel, this backpack is designed to organize and protect all your electronics, while still maintaining a slim profile.

But with so many professional backpacks out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Below I’ve answered a few questions about this backpack to help give you an idea of who this backpack is designed for. After that, if you’re still interested in learned more about the Slim backpack and my thoughts on it, keep reading.

Is the TLS Professional Slim Laptop Backpack Appropriate for Work?

Yes, I would say that this backpack is suitable for corporate casual wear, in terms of how the outside looks. It’s a professional looking backpack that’s not bulky or heavily decorated. The minimalist exterior and slim profile makes it an office friendly backpack, in my opinion.

Now, if you prefer a more professional look, you’re probably looking for a briefcase or something with leather. Brands like a Tumi and Briggs and Riley also offer more professional looking backpacks, but cost three-times more. It comes down to what your priorities are and what you need for work.

The sleek design of the Slim Laptop Backpack also makes it good for commuting. Whether

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Is the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L Anti-Theft Carry-On Good for Travel?

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The one bag, carry-on backpack trend is more popular than ever, and now every backpack company is coming out with their own unique take on this travel tool. Pacsafe did this with the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L anti-theft carry-on bag. Like the Watson backpack, this Pacsafe backpack incorporates a trademark locking mechanism to deter thieves. It’s for this reason, plus its other great features that people have taken the Venturesafe 45L as their new laptop travel bag. Now, it’s time to find out how this pack really holds up for travel purposes.

How Travel-Friendly is the Pacsafe Venturesafe? Here’s What You Need to Know

When considering a bag travel-friendly, there are a few criteria that I like to keep in mind. First, does the bag have considerable packing space? Second, is it comfortable to wear? Third, is it easy to carry around and use? I expect any backpack to meet these basic standards, and if it doesn’t, then I don’t consider it travel-friendly. Luckily, the Pacsafe Venturesafe carry-on meets these standards, and I’ll go into more detail with that. I’ll also explain the ways in which the backpack goes beyond with its additional features.

The Packing Space of the Venturesafe Backpack is Okay…Could Be Better Though

First, let’s start with the ways that the Venturesafe pack does a good job when it comes to packing space. Now, while I don’t think this backpack actually is 45L in capacity, there’s still potential there. The main compartment is the star of

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How To Know If The Timbuk2 Uptown Travel Backpack Is Right For You

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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

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Is the TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Worth $200? Find Out

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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

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Looking for a One-of-a-Kind Bag? Check Out Our List of the Best Backpacks from Kickstarter and IndieGoGo

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.

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Does The Slicks Backpack Travel System Live Up to the Hype?

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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

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Slim Pack Backpack by SlimFold: The New and Improved Commuter Bag?

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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

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Check Out Our Review of the Monty Roll Top Messenger Bag from Mission Workshop

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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

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Here’s What You Need to Know about the Herschel Supply Little America Backpack Before You Buy

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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

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Here’s a Breakdown of the Wenger Synergy Backpack by Swiss Gear

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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

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At First Glance: The Designed for Life Hideout Pack from Everyman

Looking for the next big thing on Kickstarter? Then check out our sneak peek of the Hideout Pack from Everyman.
Their first ever backpack release, the Hideout Pack is a backpack built for everything from your everyday commute to travel.
So before the new product launch, let’s take a closer look at Everyman’s new bag and see what makes it stand out from other backpacks already on the market. 

The Hideout Pack was Built for Everyday Use

Promising to work as 3 bags in one, Everyman claims that their Hideout Pack can be used as an everyday commuter bag, carry-on, or travel backpack.

Thanks to it’s minimalist design and innovative features, this backpack is highly versatile and perfect for everyday use.

The backpack also comes with Everyman’s Design for Life Guarantee.

The Story Behind the Creation of the Hideout Pack

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Everyman, this company prides itself on making simple but durable products. As you might have already guessed, these products are meant to function for everyday use.
Many of their products are smaller, such as the Grafton Pen, the Ballard Bottle Opener, or their pocket notebooks.
But with the launch of their newest product, the Hideout Pack, this might be
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Incase Nylon Campus Pack Review – Everything You Need to Know

Incase-Nylon-Campus-Pack-Ultramarine-Golden-Rod-Backpack-ReviewWondering Whether or Not Should You Buy the Incase Nylon Campus Pack?

Incase mainly focuses on creating products for Apple consumers. Incase is also well-known for their laptop backpacks, laptop cases, and camera bags. The Incase Nylon Campus Pack is a convenient and nifty laptop backpack that is perfect for light travel and going around campus.

Incase Backpack’s Specifications and Features

Incase Size and Dimensions

Side views of the backpack can expand to about 7” – 8” (contains rain jacket and the other items inside).

The backpack is about the size of a regular backpack; about the same size as the Just Porter Hazen Professional. From personal measurement, I found that the size of the backpack is about 18” in height, 10”-11” in length, and 7” in width. That makes the average volume of the backpack to be around 1300 in3.

Laptop Fit Size

I have a 15” Acer laptop and it fits into the laptop pocket nicely; not too loose and not too tight either. The 15” MacBook Pro will definitely fit nicely into the pockets. However, anything bigger than a 15” (like gaming laptops) would most likely not fit and have to be stored outside the laptop pocket.

Number of Compartments and Pockets

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The L.L. Bean Sportsman’s Rucksack: Everything You Need to Know

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Should You Buy the L.L. Bean Sportsman’s Rucksack?

Headed off to college in the fall?  Going on a hiking trip for a day or two?  Either way, you’re going to need a backpack to hold all your gear for the enterprise.  Whether you’re toting your notes or hauling a whole lot of trail mix, the Sportsman’s Rucksack will help you out.

I am notorious for causing weaker backpacks to explode.  Not all at once, but over time I tend to overload my bags.  With this in mind, I sought out a bag from L.L. Bean, knowing that their gear is both reliable and under a lifetime warranty.

This is how I stumbled upon the Sportsman’s Rucksack, a backpack that has lived up to its name.  Like me, it survived freshman year of college, albeit with a few bumps and bruises.  

General Features of the L.L. Bean Sportsman’s Rucksack Backpack

Dimensions: 17”H x 12”W x 9”D

Weight: 2 lbs. 2 oz.

Carrying Capacity: 1,525 cu. in., or 25 L.  This suits most carry-on requirements.

Materials:  Made out of Kodra Nylon, the Rucksack features a leather trim and brass hardware.

Laptop Space: On their website, L.L. Bean lists this bag as capable of carrying a 15” laptop, but my

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The Patagonia MLC 45: Everything You Need to Know

Making Some Luggage Headway With The Patagonia Maximum Legal  Carry Bag Review

How many times have you wondered if you were going to get some grief from the airline when you arrive at the airport? I used to be in a constant state of anxiety about whether the airline would allow my rolling suitcase above. Then I took at look at the Patagonia MLC 45 aka the Maximum Legal Carry by Patagonia.

Look, with more people using low cost airlines for travel, the need for practical luggage is a must.

Whether you use a carry-on suitcase or a travel backpack, it’s important to choose a bag that fits your needs.

Patagonia may be using the Maximum Legal Carry backpack as an entre into the casual travel market. The grab your stuff and leave for a very long weekend type of bag…. This bag appears specifically made for the overhead compartment.

Who Should Buy This Backpack?

Listen, all backpack companies hope that someone writes, “This bag is for everyone!” But, the Patagonia MLC is meant for the casual fun traveler.

Immediately, I wouldn’t recommend this back for a business traveler. Also, It’s not for the traveler that will be traveling to all the corners of the world for technical trekking.

But more for a traveler that will not be doing technical trekking or hiking. Going to Vietnam for a week, sure. Hiking the apalachin trail, no way. This is not some crazy technical Osprey backpack.

The Patagonia

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Watson Backpack: Everything You Need To Know

The profesisonal Watson Backpack on Kickstarter
The Watson Backpack project on Kickstarter is changing some rules in backpacks. And their approach may change your mind too. The Watson from Function is more sophisticated and refined bag than their competition.
 
We decided to delve a little deeper in on the Watson Backpack project. And by the end, we’ll give you our unfettered thoughts on the Watson project.

The Watson Backpack for Urban Professionals

The goal of an exceptional backpack was primary for the Function Design team. The team spent 12 months honing the Watson backpack for “knowledge workers.”

Whether they mean information technology workers, or an everyday professional backpack for men, I just wasn’t certain. But, it’s not mental gymnastics. They’re aiming for the professional backpack crowd with style and taste with their backpack.

I will say that they have some unique features in their backpack. And their feature-rich backpack matches their aim to create something special for an everyday backpack.

The History of The Watson Bag

Watson’s founder, Valerie Crisp is a third-generation entrepreneur. Valerie, inspired to leave her mark on the design world, came up with
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The Ideal Professional Backpack For Men Who Work

Choosing Best Backpack For Men

The Ideal Professional Backpack For Men Who Work

A professional backpack is the perfect gift idea for women and for men. But what are some qualities you should look out for in a business backpack? Below is a short list of the top 6 things you should be looking at when deciding what professional backpack to buy for that special guy in your life.

Here we go!

Backpack and Comfort Should Go Together

There’s nothing worse than lugging around a heavy backpack all day (remember elementary school?). By picking the right backpack, you’ll help alleviate strain on your shoulders and lower back.  Rule number one, make sure that the backpack has padding on the shoulder straps and along the back. This extra padding will help distribute the weight of the contents more evenly along the back.  We discussed comfort in our article about the Watson Backpack, and it’s important to place it at the top of requirements.

You can find a comfortable backpack, just look. If you can’t, look some more. ~David

When carrying a lot of weight on our backs, we tend to lean forward, which can be bad for our shoulders and back. Thick straps and proper strap adjustment are key here. Make sure that the straps are pulled tight so that the bag goes up higher on the hips. Once you do this, the weight will not be on the straps, rather on your upper torso.

Also keep in mind that after wearing

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5 Easy Techniques That’ll Help You Improve Your Memory

We’ve all experienced that moment when we forget the name of a friend of a friend, or that colleague that we never talk to. It can be embarrassing, but there are things you can do to improve your memory.

Below you’ll find a few easy exercises and tips you can do everyday to slowly improve your memory.

1. What You Eat Matters For Your Memory

You are probably wondering what the fuss is about eating. Well, the foods we eat do matter, because it is what fuels our brains, and activates our memory. Our memory is like a human body. The same way our bodies need certain foods to sustain our energy levels, so does our memory. The more energy our brain has, the better our memory functions.

Some important foods which will help fuel and improve your memory includes fresh vegetables, blue berries, soy beans, green tea, salmon, milk, spinach, carrots and asparagus, to say the least. Foods to avoid would be excessive intakes of carbohydrates and sugar. These can slow your memory functioning down.

2. Get Some Exercise and Improve Your Memory

This is a crucial part in the functioning of your brain, as well as the performance of your memory. By exercising, your brain works at a capacity where its able to activate the nerve cells in your body. In order to improve your mental game, you have to keep it active.Exercise helps your memory

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What NOT to do When Commuting Using Public Transportation

Commuting Using Mass Transit Could Be Fun

Listen, commuting by mass transit presents an opportunity to meet and connect new people and it opens you to a whole new world of opportunities and fun. There are certain things you need to do in order to keep the fun going, there are mistakes you need to avoid if you don’t want to be another weird or creepy passenger. This article highlights mistakes and to avoid and how to succeed while commuting to work especially if you’re with  your backpack.  In the end, with a little research, commuting success is a slam dunk.

Manspreading, Don’t Take Up Space With Your Crotch

commuting to workThis is usually a big problem when there is a limited amount of space. Taking more than one seat when the bus or train is overcrowded is very rude. Manspreading results in the violation of the personal space of another. The name is derived from the tendency that men have to “spread” their legs when sitting down. Male or female, you should not take a space of two or three people in between your laps when you could just sit right and create more space so as to ensure that fewer people are standing.

Squeezing Yourself Into A Small Seat, You Animal

Squeezing yourself into a seat that is too small for you along with your belongings could make

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