1) Paxis Fishing & Photography Backpack Review
In the world of backpacks, I’ve seen a lot of gimmicks and novelty features that are integrated with the bag that really don’t add to the overall experience or functionality. These days, you can find no shortage of backpacks with integrated mobile technology. This really just adds up to components and wires that will break down in all-weather situations, and bring little more than new ways to connect your iphone to your backpack.
The Paxis Pack is separated into two main compartments: the upper, larger section, and the lower, ‘shuttle pod’ section which I’ll cover in depth in the FUNCTION section.
The upper section has a large exterior pocket as well as a soft zippered pocket at the top to carry sunglasses, a watch or smartphone. The interior hosts a soft sided tablet pocket and two zippered pockets. The interior is a bright green, which helps you locate items inside. You’ll find most packs are dark on the inside, which can make it difficult to find small, loose items.
The lower section, or ‘shuttle pod’ has enough room to store a camera with accessories, a small lunch, plenty of fishing tackle, first aid gear, travel documents or just about anything you’d require access to quickly, without needing to remove your pack from your back. The built in wallet is a great addition to the pod, and works great for travel documents or tech media.
The pod is reinforced with interior armour in the bottom that adds to the durability and protection to your belongings, as well as adds an additional waterproof barrier. It also helps the pack stand upright when set on the ground. This feature is AMAZING. There’s additional armor to purchase that will allow you to divide the pod into multiple units to keep your items separated. We didn’t get a chance to review these items, but they would definitely be a very useful addition.
For a day pack, the size of the Paxis is perfect. It’s not too bulky and sits comfortably on the back after cinching the waist and chest belts. All zippers are waterproof with rugged pulls. The material is a highly water-resistant fabric; water actually beads up and runs off of the pack. The following specs are taken from the Paxis website and to be honest, I don’t think it even covers all the bells and whistles you’ll discover on your own after you’ve got the pack in your own hands.
Full Pack Exterior Dimensions: 18’’ x 12’’ x 7’’
Shuttle Pod Interior Dimensions: 11’’ W x 4’’ H x 5.5’’ D
Weight: 5.2 lbs.
Shuttle Pod Capacity: 5 lbs.
NYLAR™ Ballistic Fabric Technology [Hydrophobic, Highly Water-Resistant Fabric]
Padded Shoulder Straps and Hip Belt
Ergonomically Designed, Padded and Vented Back
Interior Tablet Pocket
Two Interior Zippered Pockets
Soft Interior Pocket
Tripod / Ski / Fishing Pole Pocket
Nylon Daisy Chain
Exterior Accessory Pocket
Exterior Mesh Pocket
Interior Zippered Pocket
The shuttle pod is reinforced with a rigid support along the back and bottom that offers added protection to your items within. The base offers added ruggedness to also protect from any moisture that might find its way in. The pod is also useful to providing a strong base for the Paxis’ Free-Standing design.
The pod boasts a built-in wallet on the inside, a small, zippered change purse and a mesh, elasticized pouch.
This is the one feature that is lacking from most backpacks on the market today. The Paxis Pack sits. It does not waver. This simple ability allows you to set down your pack anywhere without it falling over and spilling the contents out all over the ground. You’ll be amazed at how useful this is when you set down your pack, and need to reach in for something. No balancing it against your leg, tree stump, curbs.
ARC Swing Technology
ARC Swing technology is what makes Paxis stand out from every single pack out there. The shuttle pod is attached to the backpack frame via a solid aluminum arm and two articulating hinges. The pod can be released and swung out in front of you in one very smooth and fluid motion, where you can unzip it and access some of your more used items – cell phone, first aid kit, travel documents, gloves, food, etc. There’s a strap that can be used to secure the pod in place while it’s swung out in front of you, so that it stays in place so you can keep your hands free. When you’re done, the pod is easily swung back behind you and clips into the frame securely.
Adjustable Shuttle Pod Release Handle
The shuttle pod release handle sits on the right strap and can be easily adjusted to 3 different locations on the strap, to suit various body sizes. The release is attached to a cable that runs alongside the right shoulder strap and into the back of the pack to the mechanism that secures and disengages the shuttle pod.
The ARC Swing technology makes it incredibly handy to access important items quickly, without removing the pack.
The rugged, waterproof base of shuttle pod gives you confidence to set down your pack virtually anywhere, and know that your items are protected from unwanted moisture.
The free-standing design is so simple but totally rocks my world. With every single one of my previous day packs, I’d need to lay down the pack or lean it against a tree or rock. Not the Paxis Pack. It stands upright and gives you even more access to your gear.
It’s got a Built-in tablet sleeve; integrated perfectly with a nice snug fit and soft interior to protect your technology.
The waterproof fabric and zippers lets you continue your romp in the woods or through the streets well after the rain starts.
High visibility lining on the inside makes finding loose items a breeze.
The only way to access the shuttle pod is to pull the release and swing the pod out. This is not easy to do when you’re not wearing the pack. You almost need to be wearing it to access the shuttle pod. A small change to the zipper design could fix this access concern.
The aluminum arm of the arc-swing technology adds some weight to the back pack. Without the solid, reliable structure of the arm, though, you might compromise the fluidity and accuracy of the pod swinging open and closing shut.
There are many day packs to choose from – some are more lightweight, some have more technology and gadgetry baked into them, but I can’t think of another pack that is as well thought-out as the Paxis pack. The quality of every stitch, every component is the highest I’ve seen.
The arc-swing technology, freestanding design, waterproof fabric and plenty of space makes this the most unique and useful day pack I have found. I highly recommend taking a look at the Paxis pack as your next rugged, feature-rich day-use backpack.
2) About Slicks backpack Review
About Slicks backpack: Slicks backpack is a great travel companion and perfects for carrying a suit around comfortably. It is launched and making waves on Kickstarter. The good thing is that there is a new, more functional edition on Kickstarter.
Features: The backpack has been classified as top rated and has an upgraded capacity of 30 litres. This size makes it easy to fit a change of shoes, clothes, and various other items such as a laptop. It is a multipurpose bag and right size for a weekend trip or a journey that will last up to 5 days. It features many compartments for various uses while on a journey including a shoulder strap that unclips and can be tucked away.
Slicks on bike: It has many pockets and compartments painstakingly designed to provide a lasting solution to critical travel needs. At the back, accessed from its zip, it accommodates separate laptop sleeve which fits a large 15″ PC laptop. This makes it safer and easier to take it in and out at the airport. It also contains straps to hold clothes down, similar to that of a suitcase. These work separately in making it ideal for travel and carrying clothes into work.
Strictly at the sides, there are a couple of slip pockets, one designed for keeping the phone and the other large enough for carrying shoes. On the rear, there is a large zip; behind it is a stuff compartment.
The Upgrades to Slicks: Slicks are now a complete system, with various attachments that fit into the bag –a mobile wardrobe with a shirt folder, a suit bag, laundry bag and a toilet bag. Any of these two things clip into the main compartment of the backpack, and they are really and safe to use.
The suit bag is same as before – pretty slimline and brief and doesn’t take up more space than necessary. It has a hanger that folds and unfolds and can be folded into four so as to fit into the backpack. With this feature, you can fit a t-shirt, some underwears, and a laptop into the bag.
The mobile wardrobe is Whoa! It has a smart shirt folder with a collar protector. Also visible, is a compartment for the toilet bag and dirty laundry which is very convenient to use. It requires a lot of zipping and unzipping to get into it.\
The backpack is remarkably organized. It is a multipurpose traveling bag. If you are a person who needs a place for everything and a pocket, particularly while traveling, then this bag is for you.
Without the extra compartment, the bag can accommodate a lot of things, and the back panel is pretty comfortable. It is a highly flexible travel bag, excellent, especially since you can pick the style that fits your regular use. It is rectangular in shape; this makes it a reasonably good briefcase, but quite a large one.
The bag has reflective hits on the front and sides, which enhance night visibility when cycling. It also has a rain cover for protection from rain, for a shorter trip it would not be required as the fabrics are pretty water repellant.
The bag is bulky, and it weighs 3kg when empty. This makes it not so comfortable to move it from place to place. The pockets and zips take up space without it being usable.
The sticks backpack has a previous version and the updated version, but both have a just little difference, and both are available in the market. It is a good development that you can select the version that suits your uses.
3) ProGo Backpack Features and Reviews
ProGo is an intelligent & versatile travel carry-on backpack / luggage that meets all of your individual needs in one bag. Whatever your destination, whatever you need to carry, whatever mode of transport you take, ProGo will meet your needs.
The main difference between ProGo and other backpacks / carry ons, is that ProGo has a built-in shelf which allows you to transfer your clothes from the bag to a closet in seconds.
Here are some of the features that makes progo back pack very unique:
It is water-proof.
Easily accessible: You can pack and unpack fast and easy.
Side and Top Handles: the bag has side and top handles that makes carrying much more easily.
Camera Padded Dividers: The progo backpack makes it easy for you to carry your camera gear where ever you go.
Dedicated Shoe Compartment: So you can keep your dirty shoes separated from clean clothes.
Dedicated Laptop / Tablet Compartment: the bag pack is big enough so you can carry your laptop / tablets as well as documents and accessories where ever you go.
Power Cable Outlet: Charge all your electronic devices at once. You can connect all your electronics to the power bar (not included), and plug the power bar cable to the wall socket via this dedicated outlet.
Hidden Back Pocket: Progo backpack allows you travel safer by hiding and securing your passport and other valuables in the dedicated hidden pocket at the back of the bag/
Hide Away Straps: Walk with style. In seconds you can hide the straps at the back of the bag and carry the bag with the side handle to look sleeker.
Side Mesh Pouch: Travel well hydrated. Easily holds water or other types of drink bottles. Maybe a Scotch!
Side Straps: The 2 straps on the sides will make your life much easier if you think about carrying your tripod, or yoga mat. Anything in those size / shape will work/
Side Pocket: Carry extra battery packs, keys and other smaller belongings in a separate pouch to have quick access.
USB Cable Outlet: Want to charge your phone or tablet alone when in the bag. Simply pull the USB cable out from this outlet and connect it to the charger.
Small Mesh Pouch: Carry your ear buds or small mobile / MP3 player’s right on your shoulder strap. Allows you to quickly access your belonging in a snap.
Chest Straps: Distribute the bag weight perfectly and reduce the weight from your back. Travel with ease and comfort.
Internal Mesh Compartment: You can carry your under garments or other flat belongings inside the main compartment apart from the removable shelf.
Padded Back Support: When carrying, the progo back pack assures that you travel with extreme comfort. The soft padded back supports helps the weight off your back and allows room for ventilation so you can travel fresh and dry.
For those who want to have their things handy when they arrive the removable shelf makes it really easy. The main downside we noticed (if it can be so called) is that the backpack appears to be more ergonomically and design wise, aimed at a masculine market. Perhaps a slightly different design with softer lines and a more comfortably positioned chest strap would be a useful future development.
Disadvantages of the Progo back pack
When travelling light and easy, most features of the back pack is invalid or useless as you may require not more than 2 or 3 of its features at a time.
These numerous feature’s also makes the bag heavy before putting in your luggage or loads.
The size of the back pack is unique but not catchy for fashionable people who might prefer a sleek and unique bag.
The price of the back pack is a huge minus as other back packs carrying some of the features of the progo back pack can be obtained at a cheaper rate.
The bags are well made and large enough to hold a couple of camera body mounts. It is disappointing that I have to empty the contents a lot to see what’s inside these opaque black material bags.