I am a self proclaimed bag and back pack junkie. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection. Some purchased and many were given as samples. Yet, I am never satisfied (surprised?!). So the other day when my friend Errin shared about his new back pack and how awesome it was, I dug a little deeper and did some research. He pointed me to Topo Designs Klettersack. Could this be the one?
After some research, I decided it just might be.Â What’s to like?Â It’s simple with one big opening and a single zippered pocket on top. It’s light. You can attach stuff to it. It doesn’t have a bunch of zippers and bells and whistles.Â It comes in a bunch of colors. It is made right here in USA with the finest materials.Â I wanted a nice pack for daily use and to travel with that didn’t scream bike geek or photo geek, yet was capable for carrying all my stuff such as ipad/computer, photo gear and the occasional tripod.Â I wanted a pack with no waist belt as it makes it easier for quick removal and quick access to my camera.Â So….I went through my collection of packs and found 3 packs that didn’t fit the bill, brought them to work, re-gifted them to other fine folks I work with and ordered up my very own Klettersack. The only extra on my bag is that I added a sternum strap accessory otherwise it is just a standard Klettersack.Â For those that care, I used my own money for this and I am in no way affiliated with Topo Designs.
After a short period and a small snafu in my shipping address I finally received the bag. My first order of business was to put a camera insert in the bag. For this bag I used a Crumpler Haven, size large. This allows me to carry my camera and an extra lens as well as a few bits. The insert is not that big and it allows me to also fit other things inside. In this picture, I have my down jacket stuffed underneath the cameara insert.
I tried it out on a nice long ride into work yesterday along the MN river bottoms. In the bag, I have my iPad, camera, extra lens, and a down vest in case I needed it. In the top zippered compartment I carried my wallet and my charger. Overall it looks and feels just right. Works really well for my intended use. I also like how it looks (bonus!).Â It does carry a little high on the back compared to my Osprey Talon bikepacking bag but I like it for what my intended use.
Overall, my initial impressions point to a solid A+ and I am super duper stoked and I look forward to many years with this pack.