This Is The Next Bag You Are Going To Want To Buy
I have to admit that it’s rare that I get excited about a piece of luggage. Actually, I think it’s rare that anyone gets excited about a piece of luggage. That being said, I’ve been lugging around my admittedly pretty ordinary, very workmanlike Revo brand carry-on for the last few years, and it’s been very good at being a very average bag to take with me on trips. It’s kind of The Big Bang Theory of luggage: it’s not that good, but you can turn it on and have it playing it in the background while you’re cooking dinner and it doesn’t do anything too offensive to make you want to change the channel.
However, a couple weeks ago, the folks over at Standard Luggage Company sent me over their Carry-on Backpack to try out, and after taking it with me on a short trip over the 4th of July, I have to admit, I got a bit excited. Not only was I getting the chance to finally pack a new suitcase for a trip (yes, travel nerds do get excited about things like that), but Standard’s bag did a whole lot more.
The below video will get into it more, but essentially the bag is dual purpose. On one side is your regular suitcase (with a couple of big pockets and clamshell design which is great for lay-flat packing), but if you flip it over, the other side is your media bag with a pocket for your laptop, and lots of little pockets space for your magazines, books, papers, pens, earphones and whatever other little gadgets and small items that you usually cram into another bag.
I also liked the stretchy over-the-shoulder strap that allowed me to carry the bag behind me and didn’t dig into my shoulder like other straps tend to do during long walks. Of course, the real kicker is that the backside has another pocket that when unzipped, reveals shoulder straps that you can pull out and allow you to rock the bag like a backpack, a great option for those truly long hikes.
Anyways, enough of me telling you about it. Watch the video to learn more.
Here’s a full run-down of all off the bag’s features per Standard:
• Clam-shell opening allows for easy and lie-flat packing
• Built-in compression straps maximize space and keeps contents secured
• Concealable backpack straps transform the bag into a backpack in seconds
• Expandable zip adds 10L capacity instantly
• Separate laptop pocket to access your electronics in security checkpoints
• Two convenient front pockets: one for full sized documents and a smaller pocket for smaller items
• Padded top and side speed handles for traditional carry or pulling the bag from an overhead bin
• Built-in safety whistle for assurance in unknown situations
• All exterior fabrics are water resistant and easy to clean
• Universal sleeve integrates the bag with any rolling luggage handle
• Included: Rain cover keeps your valuable assets and electronics dry
• Included: Shoulder strap for carrying as shoulder bag; removable when not in use
• Included: Two interchangeable leather accent colors (Orange and Teal)
To find out more about the bag and to get one of your own, visit the Standard’s Carry-on Backpack site here.
Matt Stabile is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Expeditioner. The Expeditioner was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New York City. You can read his writings, watch his travel videos or contact him at any time at TheExpeditioner.com.