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This X-Pac Shoulder Bag Adds Access to Your Backpack Game
Taking care of the little things. Important in day-to-day living…and day-to-day carry. But those little things aren’t always easy to access or store. Backpacks provide the space, but not the convenient access, often requiring you to partially or completely remove the pack to get to items. And while your clothing pockets can support a few items, you don’t want to be on the go with bulky pockets weighing you down (and some items simply won’t fit anyway).
But what if you could have carry that lets you roam with minimalist loads when you just need the essentials, or works in tandem with your backpack so frequently used items always remain within quick, easy reach without needing to remove your pack? Well, Hanchor have just such a solution on hand with their nifty Surface series of hybrid chest and shoulder bags.
Putting access front and center
Whether you’re hiking outdoors, traveling, or about town in urban environments, there are certain smaller items you want within easy reach. Perhaps a phone, keys and wallet in town. A passport and tickets during your trips. Snacks, maps, tools and other trail essentials in the wilderness. Hanchor’s Surface series of bags can be worn either as shoulder bags or attached to backpacks to create a chest pack. Slim and exceptionally lightweight, the bags are great options when you want to keep frequently used essentials or valuables secure yet accessible on the move. And since they’re so light and compact, it’s easy to store them in a larger bag (such as a travel pack or hiking pack) or a jacket pocket until you need them. Plus with their pleated bases, you can enjoy added storage space while still retaining a flat, lightweight form for easy packing.
So how do they work?
The Surface shoulder bags come with accessory buckles which can be used to attach the bag to the shoulder straps of most backpacks, creating a handy chest bag. And if you need more stability you can also use an optional stabilizer mechanism, an adjustable loop at the back of the bag that connects to a backpack hipbelt. The stabilizer mechanism is a standard configuration on the Surface Mesh, and can be custom made for other Surface bags. Below you can see the Surface Mesh and stabilizer mechanism in action, converting from a shoulder bag to chest bag with a simple, quick process.
Options, options, options
The bags come in two sizes, Surface and Surface Mini, to suit different loads. While the Surface includes accessory buckles to convert it to a chest bag, the Surface Mini does not come with these buckles but can still be used as a chest bag by purchasing optional accessory buckles.
You can also opt for the Surface or Surface Mesh, with the Surface Mesh version offering two exterior mesh pockets for items you want to see and access easily on the move. And as mentioned above, the Surface Mesh comes standard with the stabilizer mechanism.
X-Pac VX21 fabric is the main player here, offering excellent weather resistance and a great strength-to-weight ratio for long-term durability. The bags come in a choice of colorway options, with some limited edition versions too. Plus there’s even custom Surface options, either with or without multicam options. With a host of combinations available, you can tailor your picks in a way that nails your perfect carry companion.
The accessory buckles can be used on most shoulder bags or camera bags to convert them into chest bags. You can purchase the accessory buckles by themselves and convert a bag you already own into a convenient chest bag secured to a backpack, letting your backpack suspension take the strain instead of slinging the load on your neck or shoulder.
Score free international shipping!
Hanchor’s Surface series is a thoughtful and adaptable solution for adding easy access to your backpack game or rolling solo with a sleek shoulder bag. But we know international shipping is a sting that often stands between enthusiasts and their ideal carry. So Hanchor have been kind enough to provide free international shipping for all Surface series products (including custom orders). Use the code carryhanchor at checkout, valid for 30 days from the published date of this article.