- Buyer's Guide
Black Ember Brings its Signature Modularity to the Waterproof Roll-top
Trailblazers in urban modularity, Black Ember lit up the carry scene with their first modular backpack. And they’ve gone from strength to strength, honing their distinct blend of rugged durability, reliable weatherproofness, urban styling and modular adaptability. But a rolltop backpack hasn’t fallen within their sphere of focus. Until now.
Meet the Black Ember WPRT.
Elevating the good, integrating the overlooked
Water-resistant rolltops are good at protecting gear from the elements. But a lot of them lack sufficient organization and easy access to make them a favored go-to option for everyday use. Black Ember wants to change that with their WPRT Backpack.
First up is premium weather protection. The pack is made with Black Ember’s proprietary three-layer 800-denier Micro-Hex textile, a performance textile that offers long-term durability and weatherproofness. Enhancing the weather protection is laser-cut and heat-bonded construction, YKK AquaGuard zippers, and waterproof zipper garages. The result? An IPX-06 waterproof rating, along with a pack backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Protection from the elements is on point. But what about the organization and access? The pack features a choice of quick-access pockets to store items such as a tablet, water bottle, keys and other items you need close at hand. There’s even hidden back panel pockets to store valuables. Additionally, the WPRT features an external access suspended laptop sleeve, keeping up to a 15″ laptop safe yet easily accessible when required.
And if you want to quickly reach gear in the main compartment? No problem. Side zipper access lets you get to it quickly without having to undo the rolltop closure.
Considered comfort for the long haul
A pack should be comfortable whether you’re carrying smaller loads or larger ones. So the WPRT offers a thoughtful mix of features to keep you in carry comfort throughout the day. The back panel moves independently from the backpack to fit your specific shape. Also enhancing the comfort is an air flow channel in the back panel to help keep you cool on the move.
The removable magnetic sternum strap is convenient to use and keeps the load stable, while the bag’s ergonomic 3D shoulder straps provide a deft blend of structure and padded comfort. Additionally, the straps can be stowed out of the way for a clean silhouette when storing the bag in tight spaces. If you need extra support, you can also pair the pack with an optional waist belt.
More or less just what you need
One of the perks of a rolltop is its adjustable volume. The WPRT is expandable from 25L to 30L, allowing you to adapt to changing loads and carry more or less as required. The magnetic V-buckle makes it easy to secure the rolltop in place, but the zippered opening keeps gear secure when the rolltop is expanded.
To mod or not to mod
Perhaps you prioritize adaptability. On the other hand, clean urban-friendly aesthetics may be key in your carry. So Black Ember provides options with two versions of the pack, the WPRT Modular and WPRT Minimal. The WPRT Modular is ideal if you value modularity and the ability to tailor your pack to a variety of needs. The pack is compatible with Black Ember’s existing MODs, modular accessories ranging from pouches to straps.
The WPRT Minimal offers a more pared-back aesthetic that still accommodates modular straps if you want the flexibility to secure gear externally. Both versions also come with a modular handle that can be secured to the top or the side of the pack.
Black Ember has also created four new optional MODs for use with the WPRT, ranging from a DSLR Pack and VERT Pack, to a Maglock Belt and Maglock Key Chain. A combination of Fidlock magnetic hardware and mechanical clasps enables quick and secure attachment. And for added flexibility the DSLR Pack (which is compatible with both the minimal and modular WPRT) can be used as a standalone camera shoulder bag.
The not-so-humble rolltop
The WPRT takes rolltop backpack design to new heights. Convenient organization, quick access and clean aesthetics come together in a pack built for modern everyday and travel needs. An all-rounder that embraces diverse environments, loads and weather conditions. Find out more about the collection through Black Ember’s WPRT Kickstarter campaign which runs until 28 December 2018.