- Buyer's Guide
The Only Backpack You’ll Need for Your Run Commute
Being stuck in busy commute traffic is a drag. But running to work takes this frustration out of your day – and keeps you fit. And of course, you still need to transport all your work gear with you. And the IAMRUNBOX Backpack Pro 2.0 is designed to be the only pack you’ll need for your run commute.
Swedish brand IAMRUNBOX took extensive customer feedback on board when creating the upgraded version of the original Backpack Pro. Introducing more features, enhanced professional aesthetics, and extra space to create a 12L backpack that looks stylish in work settings but performs when you’re hitting the pavement at pace.
Commuting in comfort
Key to the pack is the considered carry comfort and ergonomic design. The lightweight bag features a sternum strap, waist belt and load lifters, allowing you to dial in the fit for secure, anti-bounce carry. This not only keeps you comfy during your run but also helps avoid impact on the bag’s contents. A ventilated back panel adds to the comfort, helping you stay cooler when you’re clocking up the miles.
Protection for you and your gear
You can’t always avoid inclement weather when running to work. But the Backpack Pro 2.0 has you (and your gear) covered with its water-resistant hardshell and water-resistant YKK zipper. Handy not only for keeping the elements out but protecting against scrapes and impacts too. And the pack can be paired with an optional rain cover for added protection if your city is prone to torrential downpours.
But the protection doesn’t stop there. Reflective detailing helps keep you visible in low-light conditions, while a safety whistle on the sternum strap provides added peace of mind if ever an emergency appears.
Optimized, wrinkle-free organization
Running to work necessitates packing a change of clothes. But what you don’t want is a wrinkled jumble when you arrive. So IAMRUNBOX provides a range of thoughtful organization to keep your clothes wrinkle-free while also neatly storing your work tools and tech.
The bag features a clamshell design for convenient packing and access. One half of the pack stores your work clothes, with an included Clothes Folder smoothing out the packing process. The other half provides a dedicated pocket that fits up to a 15″ laptop. And with further interior pockets on hand you can securely store smaller items too.
But what about items you want readily accessible during the commute? Large waist belt pockets store quick-access items such as keys, a phone and wallet. Bulkier items such as outer layers can be secured to the pack with external attachment straps, while MOLLE webbing on the shoulder straps provides a handy place to attach a safety light, pouch, optional water bottle holder or other items you want at the ready.
Rounding off the organization, the pack includes excess strap management to avoid distractions while running. So you can focus on the path ahead and not annoying flapping straps.
Added functionality with practical add-ons
The Backpack Pro 2.0 can be paired with optional add-ons to further tailor your commute carry. The Space Bag is a ventilated bag that secures externally to the pack and is useful for storing bulkier or wet items such as shoes, dirty laundry, or a lunch box. The optional Rain Cover provides an added barrier in downpours, while the Quick-dry Microfiber Towel is a compact and fast-drying alternative to larger, more cumbersome towels. And to help you stay hydrated on the move you can also pair the pack with the Water Bottle Holder, which you can attach to the shoulder straps or hold by hand to suit your preferences.
Doing your bit, one step at a time
Running to work can change an annoying commute into something mentally and physically enjoyable and beneficial. But it’s also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save on commuting costs. And with this pack as your partner, it’s easier to embrace the change.
If you want a comfortable active commuter pack that doesn’t skimp on style, effectively organizes your gear, and isn’t afraid of the elements, the IAMRUNBOX Backpack Pro 2.0 is well worth considering. If you’re keen to make it your own, check out their Kickstarter campaign which runs until 5 November 2019.