Traveling today means tech. The savvy technophile wants to keep their gear near, clear and secure. Here’s our pick of the best bags to keep your laptops, tablets, phones and camera equipment safe, and most importantly, available when and where you need them.
First up is the Portal range from luggage stalwarts Osprey. The large Osprey Cyber is a well made backpack with a quick access slash pocket, grab handle and padded harness – all furnished in typically stylish yet restrained Osprey good looks.
The key feature of the Cyber is the Port window, an easy-to-access sleeve with a transparent window through which you can operate a touch screen, letting you pinch and swipe while on the go. Being able to check your email or read a map in the rain, sleet or snow is a clear advantage we really enjoyed. This pack is perfect for the urban cyclist or city explorer. Also available in the smaller sized Cyber Port.
A more business-like variant is the Beta bag which has all of the same cool features as the Cyber, but in a courier style bag. The entire Portal range from Osprey is a great advance, bringing technology to the forefront of your travel and commuting needs.
Check out the Portal range at www.ospreypacks.com
For the photographers out there the Crumpler name has always been associated with style and durability. The Jackpack Half Photo is the perfect range for the traveling photographer. The top half fits your everyday needs, with room for a tablet/slim laptop, notebook, phone, water bottle and lunch. The bottom half fits a wealth of camera gear, easily absorbing a DSLR camera, spare lens or two, batteries, charger and flashgun. Ripstop fabric and toughened harness and grab handles means this bag will take a lot of punishment while your equipment won’t. Best of all the Crumpler Jackpack doesn’t scream “lots of expensive camera stuff in here” to potential thieves – keeping you valuable gear safe and secure while you’re on the move.
A really nifty addition to the Crumpler range is the small but beautifully formed Banana Pouch. We’ve long searched for a bag which fits a mid-size compact camera – not a point and shoot, not an SLR with zoom lens. The Banana Pouch finally fits the bill. Available in small or medium the bag is simple, made of water repellent neoprene fabric, with an inner SD card pocket and ergonomic zip pulls. Discreet and thoroughly useful, the Pouch is the perfect traveling companion.
Check out these and other Crumpler bags at www.crumpler.eu