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Kickstarter Highlight: Code of Bell X-PAK PRO and X-PAK ONE
Crowdfunding is fast becoming the world’s go-to platform for new releases. But do you ever find it hard to cut through the noise and pin down the ones worth your hard-earned? Well, that’s where this sponsored series comes in. We’re vetting carry Kickstarters for you, digging up the facts, and shedding light on the ones we think are worth a closer look.
This week’s selection: Code of Bell and their X-PAK PRO™ and X-PAK ONE™.
Getting more out of less
Backpacks are useful everyday bags when you need to carry a lot. But when you’re roaming with just the essentials, they can turn into bulky inconveniences. So Code of Bell set themselves a challenge: create a compact alternative to the EDC backpack that’s still big on functionality, versatility and quality. The result? The X-PAK PRO and X-PAK ONE. Sleek, unisex sling bags that pack a lot of practicality into compact carry.
What you need, when you need it
You might not need to carry particularly large items on a daily basis. But you probably do have a fair number of smaller items in your EDC setup. Both the X-PAK PRO and X-PAK ONE keep these items tidy and easily accessible throughout the day. Exterior pockets store the likes of your wallet, phone and transport card at the ready, with external webbing providing further options for securing quick-access items.
Look inside and you’ll find multiple interior pockets. No more rummaging for that elusive pen, notebook or charging cable. And for added convenience the bags include a bright orange lining to boost the visibility of the contents. The X-PAK PRO fits up to a 13″ laptop and an iPad, while the X-PAK ONE fits up to an iPad Mini.
Extra loads are covered too
So the bags are great for the essentials, but what about when you need to pack a little extra, such as an outer layer or your gym shoes? In addition to the main compartment, both the X-PAK ONE and X-PAK PRO feature an expandable front compartment, ideal for storing more items as required.
The X-PAK ONE can expand from 4L to 7L, while the X-PAK PRO grows from 10L to 17L. The expandable rolltop compartment adapts to a variety of loads and cinches down tidily when not in use.
Flexible portability to carry you through the day
Carry needs and environments change, so the X-PAK PRO and X-PAK ONE are designed to adapt accordingly. Both bags can be carried across the body, over the shoulder or by hand using the optional Handle Grip.
Additionally, the X-PAK ONE can also be carried as a waist bag or as a handlebar bag with the optional Bike Pack Strap Kit.
Durable protection come rain or shine
An EDC bag needs to stand up to the rigours of daily use. But it should also protect your gear from the elements. The X-PAK PRO and X-PAK ONE do both, combining weatherproof X-Pac fabric, water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon, weatherproof YKK zippers and rugged ITW buckles. No need to worry if you’re caught in the rain or snow, or accidentally spill something on your bag. These hard-wearing haulers will keep your gear safe and sound wherever the day takes you.
Go further with just one bag
These sling bags are built to thrive in active urban lifestyles, moving elegantly and efficiently from work to play and travel. If you want an everyday bag that fuses quality craftsmanship and materials, thoughtful organization and adaptable portability, get in on the action now through the Code of Bell X-PAK Kickstarter campaign, which runs until 18 December 2017.
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Above are the facts, but there’s always a little risk when backing a crowdfunder, so keep that in mind before you decide to back/purchase.