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One of Our Favorite Stylish Bag Lines Just Got Better
Troubadour is a brand that makes an immediate impact. They certainly captured our attention with their sophisticated take on carry, fusing ultra-clean lines with daily functionality and premium quality. But like any good brand knows, there’s always room for improvement. So when Troubadour updated their Explorer range and we discovered one of our favorite stylish carry lines had gotten even better, we knew we had to learn more.
The updated Explorer Collection maintains its focus on effectively straddling the work/play divide, introducing not only new pieces (such as the suave Embark Overnight Bag) but also revising firm favorites. The Apex Rucksack and Off Piste Rucksack welcome a variety of updates that improve their organization and comfort, along with more sustainable construction and packaging too.
Organization for life on the go
Instead of a detachable organization pouch in previous designs, both bags feature new internal organization for quick and easy gear access, whether you’re retrieving work items or travel essentials. Inside the main compartment is a zippered mesh pocket against the front wall, providing visibility of the contents while keeping them secure. Look to the back wall and you’ll find the majority of the organization including a padded 16″ laptop pocket and a zippered pocket constructed with waterproof and antimicrobial fabric like all of Troubadour’s lining fabric. Additionally there’s two slip pockets, along with elastic pockets to store a pen and phone.
Externally the Apex has a front zippered pocket and two bottle pockets which now feature additional elastic and a redesigned shape to hold bottles more securely.
The Off Piste Rucksack also offers an external zippered pocket, as well as a new external bottle pocket and a vegan leather top for a smart finish.
Shouldering the load in style
The shoulder straps in the bags now utilize EVA foam with a custom perforation. A premium choice, the EVA foam distributes weight well and retains its bounce even after years of use. The custom perforation enables airflow through the straps to help keep you cool and comfy, without adversely affecting the straps’ structural integrity.
Bags that really have your back
The back panel construction has been totally revised and now features multiple layers for improved comfort and weight distribution. The outermost layer is a smooth fabric that feels comfy against the wearer’s back and is gentle on clothing. Beneath this outer layer is 3D mesh that enables airflow through the back panel. The layer beneath the 3D mesh is custom perforated EVA. The dense, layered EVA provides ergonomic weight distribution while the perforation enables airflow. The high-quality EVA padding provides long-lasting comfort so you’ll still enjoy wearing the bags years from now.
Embracing a more sustainable approach
The bags are crafted with a waterproof nylon made from 100% recycled plastic. The fabric has a twill weave for durability, with a seared and waterproofed back to keep the elements at bay. Additionally, the front also has a weatherproof finish to help water bead off the fabric. You’ll find a variety of colorways to choose from too, even including reflective options for better visibility in low-light conditions.
Besides more sustainable fabric choices, Troubadour have also followed a sustainable packaging path. Shipping boxes are made from recycled paper and the bag packaging is made from cornstarch, not plastic.
A new level of class
Troubadour have always executed their carry offerings with a balance of style, quality and practicality. Now their Explorer range is even more impressive, encouraging you to do as the name suggests and explore further with a more comfortable, organizied companion by your side. Keeping your gear protected and tidy during the commute and weekend adventures, while still enjoying clean, timeless elegance. If you’re keen to learn more, the updated Explorer range is available now.