BlackWolf, Victorinox and Pelican have released a selection of backpacks and ruck cases that could make the world of difference this holiday season. We take a closer look.
Blackwolf Sync 30 Daypack
The Sync 30 Daypack from BlackWolf features an air-mesh travel backing that’s designed to keep you cool while you’re wearing it. This breathable daypack weighs in at only 1kg and is made from 420D Mini Ripstop PU, making it the ideal crossover pack for weekend trips, day hikes and mini-adventures.
Additional features include padded shoulder straps for all-day use, removable waist belt and sternum strap for added pack stability; internal organiser; removable key holder; padded laptop holder; an internal mesh water-bottle pocket; and RFID protected pocket to ensure your electronics are protected from skimming.
On the outside the Sync 30 has low-profile front pockets (one lined with tricot to protect sunnies and the like) and a pull-out rain cover, and it features sturdy No. 10 zippers. It’s available in black or titanium.
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Victorinox Altmont Active
Victorinox has launched its lightest ever backpack range, reducing the weight of its Altmont Active bags by 30 per cent. Made from lightweight, durable and water-repellent nylon, Altmont Active bags feature multiple pockets, an exterior cord system for use with gear loops, compression-moulded back panels, an airflow system, and adjustable sternum and shoulder straps.
There’s also a mesh water-bottle holder in the main compartment and a dedicated space for a hydration bladder. A reflective print aids visibility at night and the packs are available in a variety of colours (black, dark teal and red) in sizes ranging from 18 to 35 litres.
To suit individual requirements, users can choose between a compact style, cap or roll-top models, an expandable version, or a rucksack that converts into a duffle bag. There are also optional rain covers ($45.95-$49.95).
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Pelican R60 Personal Utility Ruck Case
The Pelican R60 Personal Utility Ruck Case is claimed to be a crushproof, dustproof and adventure proof storage system for small items. Measuring 283mm x 174mm x 99mm, it features IP68-rated protection from water, dirt, snow and dust, a dual-pivot hinge latch, an abrasion- and impact-proof ABS outer shell, snap-in flexible lid organiser, rigid divider tray, MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) style loop system with Velcro straps, rubberised protective bumpers, and a built-in pressure valve.
It’s claimed to be waterproof to a depth of two meters for up to 30 minutes and is covered by a lifetime guarantee. It’s available in green, brown, black or orange.
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