3 hot backpacks right now – rugged, stylish, and worthy of your next trip
The weekend is here and it’s summer which means one thing – time to get outside. Whether you’re hiking or just walking the city streets you’ll need to haul your gear. We’ve picked 3 rugged and stylish bags that will do the trick: the sensible Ogden Made Two Bit Klettersack, the utlity-focused SOVRN Republic Drifter, and the well-rounded EraThr3 E3 Asylum Bulletproof backpack.
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Ogden Made Two Bit Klettersack
Ruggedly adventurous yet filled with modern sensibility, Ogden Made’s Two Bit Klettersack is up to the task whether you’re scaling mountains or grabbing a bite and coffee. Or one after the other. The Klettersack is constructed from durable 1000D Cordura and features a side access padded laptop sleeve for a 15″ computer, a flap top, plus a zipper opening for direct access to the bag (or to the photo module when paired together). Tension lock side straps also secure to the bag the stuff that can’t fit inside, like a tripod, tent, or large picnic blanket.
$165 to $185 US (with the Monte Camera Module) – MORE
SOVRN Republic Drifter Backpack
Backpacks and duffel bags each come with distinct advantages. SOVRN’s Republic Drifter Backpack functions as both, converting from a double shoulder strap backpack to a duffel in seconds. The 30 litre bag is constructed from canvas along with PU leather and boasts three PVC handles, a mesh water bottle slot, and side mounted utility straps for externally rigging unwieldy items. Aside from its large main compartment, a slimmer front pocket also organizes smaller accessories like your wallet, phone, and tablet.
$100 US – MORE
EraThr3 E3 Asylum Bulletproof Backpack
On first impression, EraThr3’s E3 Asylum Bulletproof Backpack is handsome, but otherwise looks like a typical, well-equipped backpack. And discreetly well-equipped it is: the E3 Asylum features a Certified IIIA built in Soft Armor in its back panel rated to stop 9mm to .44MAG and to offer blunt trauma protection. In terms of storage space the backpack is rigged with ambidextrous side entry to its rear compartment suitable for quick grab items or dual concealed carry, a large main compartment for the bulk of your goods, plus small pouches to organize everything your way. It’s also overbuilt, including seatbelt webbing for carry handles and strap attachment points, a weatherproof waxed canvas, and a Hyperlon bottom panel to stop the elements from seeping in when setting the pack down on wet surfaces.
$570 US – MORE