Second now has an on a regular basis backpack, tote for techie vacationers


Second, greatest recognized for its cellular pictures gear, has launched a brand new bag line on Kickstarter. 


It looks as if a wierd time for a corporation to launch its first line of journey luggage, given the present shift to distant working and distance studying. However Marc Barros would not see it that manner. 

Barros, the co-founder of digital camera gear firm Second, and his group developed new backpacks, a tote, tech organizers and a digital camera insert that he feels are proper for proper now. “We have at all times been a distant firm and have wished luggage that match that new type of work,” Barros mentioned. “We discovered luggage have been both constructed for the outside that have been poor at carrying tech, luggage for workplace work — tremendous techie — or journey, which have been constructed for greater than tech.” 


The MTW Backpack has a clear design that walks the road between informal {and professional}. 

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Second is debuting the road on Kickstarter, the place it has taken its largest product launches through the years. Baggage have at all times been the highest requested product from its prospects, so greater than two years in the past Second jumped into the market. “We began with our fanny sling to construct up our design capabilities and provide chain. Then we launched our Rugged Digital camera Sling, which is a way more technical day by day digital camera bag.”

The Second Travelwear, or MTW, line is designed to look good and carry your tech, however with out trying like a tech bag. Barros mentioned they’re seeing much more folks doing native journeys or highway journeys and that is what these luggage are greatest for.

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I had an opportunity to take a look at preproduction variations of the 21-liter MTW Backpack (a 17-liter model can also be accessible) and the tech organizers. After years of testing dozens of backpacks, I can let you know the MTW manages to tug off a uncommon mixture of fresh design and utility. 


The entrance pocket is like having a mini messenger bag on the entrance of a backpack. 

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The backpack ($149 at launch; $180 afterward) is made out of recycled Kodra material with a double-layer waterproof coating and waterproof zippers. A vertical pocket runs almost the complete entrance of the bag however, once you unzip it, there are a number of drop pockets and a big zippered mesh pocket in addition to a key leash. It is extra organized than I am used to seeing in a entrance pocket like this. Plus, the highest pocket is even deep sufficient to carry an enormous Anker PowerCore Plus battery that is excellent for charging on the go. 

The principle compartment is large open, although there’s one zippered mesh pocket on the prime of the entrance flap. There’s loads of room for a change of garments, lunch or a jacket, and that is even if you happen to add within the elective digital camera insert. 


The bag’s important compartment zipper is designed to present you quick access to your digital camera gear if you happen to use the elective insert. 

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The insert has two toggles that slip into loops on the within of the bag to maintain it in place. With it secured within the bag, you’ll be able to sling the left strap over your shoulder, slide the bag to your entrance and unzip the aspect of the bag to get entry to your gear. And for individuals who are continuously swapping out batteries on their gear, Second made a battery organizer that has separate zippered pockets which are designated for recent and useless batteries so that you by no means combine them up once more. 

In the back of the bag is a separate laptop computer compartment with a weather-sealed zipper. It is giant sufficient to carry a 16-inch MacBook Professional. There are additionally organizational pockets for a mouse, energy provide and pens or a stylus. That mentioned, you can additionally spend money on one of many firm’s tech accent organizers ($49 for the Kickstarter; $70 afterward) which are additionally a part of the Kickstarter. 


The principle tech organizer comes with a mini organizer for smaller gadgets, or simply your necessities. 

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You probably have a desk drawer crammed with miscellaneous cables, adapters, batteries, chargers, flash drives and reminiscence playing cards, these organizers will get all that muddle so as and allow you to take it with you. It even comes with a mini detachable organizer for these instances when it’s good to simply take your necessities with you. 

To prime all of it off, the bag is comparatively light-weight at simply over 2 kilos (975 grams) and the straps are designed to be comfy for each women and men and, going by my and my spouse’s experiences carrying it, that is true. Although, if you happen to favor a tote, Second has a kind of as a part of the Kickstarter, too.  

The Second MTW Kickstarter runs till Sept. 22 and merchandise are anticipated to start out delivery in November. 

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