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This 3-Way Bag Transforms to a Carry-On Travel Pack

by , July 24, 2019

Crowdfunding is fast becoming the world’s go-to platform for new releases. But do you ever find it hard to cut through the noise and pin down the ones worth your hard-earned? Well, that’s where this sponsored series comes in. We’re vetting carry Kickstarters for you, digging up the facts, and shedding light on the ones we think are worth a closer look.

This week’s selection: Black Ember and their FORGE Pack.

Daily grind meets global travel

A work bag is one of the most important pieces in your carry arsenal. A bag you frequently reach for to stay on track with workday demands. Transporting your gear comfortably during the commute. Looking suitably professional at your work destination. And keeping items well organized and easily accessible throughout the day.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

Black Ember’s chief designer, Chris Gadway, loved the flexibility of three-way bags he discovered in Tokyo. Bags that serve as a backpack for comfortable commuting, then transform into briefcases for work settings and can also shift into shoulder carry mode for more casual environments. But they aren’t without drawbacks, often restricted in packing volume and compromised in their shoulder strap design because of limited space.

So Black Ember got to thinking, what if you could do more with such a bag? Enjoying its commuter practicality but making it even more adaptable for travel needs too? Well, it turns out you can do more. And it’s called the Black Ember FORGE Pack.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

Expanding on work-ready versatility

The FORGE is a three-way commuter bag that transforms into a travel pack suitable for carry-on use. Work functionality is well considered with multiple carry modes and thoughtful organization. Backpack, briefcase and shoulder bag carry options let you easily adapt from the commute to the office and after-work settings too. Quick-access storage keeps essentials like keys, a phone and wallet close at hand. A suspended, padded sleeve protects your laptop. And further easy-access pockets and concealed pockets for valuables round out the useful selection.

Black Ember FORGE Pack
Black Ember FORGE Pack

And when it’s time to travel? The FORGE offers nifty expansion capability. With a simple unzipping motion, you can expand the bag from 20L to 30L for travel use.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

The bag can be secured to rolling luggage handles for convenient portability and features a TSA-compliant laptop sleeve and magnetic compression straps to enhance its travel-friendly design.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

Letting better comfort take flight

Black Ember have designed a butterfly back panel that provides simple shoulder strap storage while also allowing room for their ergonomic 3D shoulder straps. The harness has been created with optimal load carry and comfort in mind and features two layers of premium EVA foam and a ventilated back panel to help you stay cool and comfy on the move.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

Built for journeys near and far

Commuting and travel can be tough on a bag, exposing it to the elements, scrapes, rough handling and more. So the FORGE is built accordingly. Crafted with Black Ember’s waterproof, three-layer Micro-Hex textile, the bag combines excellent durability with a sleek, low-key aesthetic. Add in YKK AquaGuard zippers and bonded seams and you get the benefits of superior weather protection too.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

The FORGE offers Black Ember’s signature blend of urban functionality and technical design in an all-in-one work and travel bag. A piece that helps you get the most out of your carry, doing more with less, and in a way that simply makes sense for EDC and travel needs alike. If you’re keen to get your hands on your very own FORGE, head over to Black Ember’s Kickstarter campaign which runs until 6 September 2019.

Black Ember FORGE Pack

Note: this is a sponsored series, but only the best candidates are given this feature placement.

Above are the facts, but there’s always a little risk when backing a crowdfunder, so keep that in mind before you decide to back/purchase.


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