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Best Active Backpack Results – The Fifth Annual Carry Awards
The Everyday Backpack is carry at its apex. With its intuitive, simple and clean design it’s easy to see why this is the most successful bag Kickstarter to date. And to be real, this is something that’s changed the game.
A supreme ‘crossover’ bag, this weatherproof pack excels just as well in everyday use as it does during photography sessions or on the move. From photographers to travelers, to commuters and adventurers, this pack nails crazy sets of carry needs.
So how does it do it? Let’s roll it out. It’s ultra-customizable. Features such as configurable FlexFold dividers allow for customized organization, flipping and folding to suit any gear combination you can throw at it. It’s expandable, with a multi-catchpoint MagLatch closure enabling the top of the bag to broaden and swallow more. It carries inside and out, with configurable tension straps that are sweetly hidden away but then latch to its frame to help lug those large and awkward items.
Finally, next-level access: a MagLatch opening provides top entry while duel side access allows for lightning fast hands-to-gear when time is of the essence. But what makes this bag truly worthy though is that all of these useful features are combined harmoniously in a way that makes sense. It’s just so darn smart.
Congratulations, Peak Design. You’ve built a game changer.
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
The Bora AR 63 is an excellent example of Arcteryx’s commitment to continuously pushing technical design forward. As you move, your back length changes. The pack’s RotoGlide™ hipbelt adjusts to these changes by gliding up and down as well as rotating from side to side, in the process reducing chaffing and improving balance. The pack also features GridLock™ shoulder straps that are adjustable in width and height to enable a custom fit. And of course, being Arc’teryx, these excellent comfort features are complemented by solid construction that ensures durability in demanding use environments. When you discover a way to significantly improve carry comfort, the world takes note. Kudos, Arc’teryx.
The S.H.A.D.O. is a tactical pack that’s equally at home in outdoor wildernesses or roaming on urban streets. This California-made pack combines ruggedness and performance, allowing it to adapt to changing needs and keep up wherever the action leads. The bright orange lining boosts interior visibility and can assist with emergency signalling. The bag’s dual compartments feature clamshell-style openings for quick and easy access to gear, while a mix of pockets and attachment points keep items tidy and within easy reach. Slip a laptop in and store your EDC for the commute, or hook up a hydration bladder and head for the hills. Adventure to everyday carry to overnight trips…the S.H.A.D.O. Pack handles them all. Great job, Prometheus Design Werx!