If you travel frequently or carry your gear around to work every day, then it’s often better to go for something that is comfortable, sizeable and versatile. The winner of multiple awards, the Wolffepack Metro is a Kickstarter success story which has won over backers with its innovative plan that looks to re-invent the backpack. The Metro is perfect for commuting with its revolutionary new design, optimal storage compartments, and high-performance materials. Setting itself apart from other backpacks is its ability to separate from the shoulder harness, which can be pulled around to the front so you have easy access to its compartments.
The Metro is the world’s first orbital backpack which allows you to swing your gear to the front with the bag strapped to your back. Gone are the hassles of stopping and taking off your whole backpack to get to your belongings. The Metro provides a quick option to access your phone, camera, keys or computer, consequently making it an ideal option for commuters, photographers and all types of backpack handlers.
Comfort and security
Carrying heavy items such as laptops and books will no longer be a problem with the EVA and EPE foam padding. The straps provide comfortable support for your shoulders, while the back pads reduce any strain of pressure from belongings inside. Sit down anywhere with your backpack still on and give yourself extra space in crowded areas such as the bus, train or taxi. The Metro’s added theft protection allows you to place your backpack on the floor or in your lap without the fear of your belongings being stolen. The high strength cords will not allow thieves to get far if they try to snatch your backpack.
The Metro sports a water-resistant durable high-grade polyester fabric making it ideal for walking in the rain and guarding your electronics. The material has a durable high-quality finish, without feeling irritating on the skin. It features an airflow back system designed to keep the wearers back cooler, which should result in a less sweaty back often experienced by traveling in hot summer days. This subsequently keeps your food and water fresh, with better ventilation inside the backpack.
The Metro is accompanied by carbon fiber and Dyneema cords which have a load capacity of up to 660lbs. The top of the backpack has a padded handle for comfortable short distance walks, and gunmetal zip pulls and G hooks to hold everything together. The zippers are dense and metallic allowing for locks to be placed on them if you are looking for that extra piece of protection while walking around. It is, therefore, more than capable of carrying most things that will fit into its 22L capacity.
How it Works
The backpack will take some time getting used to with its orbital feature. This may be the only backpack you have ever owned that comes with instructions that you should definitely pay close attention to and follow. However, once you have gotten used to using it, there shouldn’t be any issues. Below are directions on how the Metro works:
The Metro is aimed with organization in mind. Arrange your gear and tech in a large main compartment, a secondary compartment, and the many pouches and slip pockets. The inside has a bright red interior with black bordering around zips. The back or main compartment comprises of padded laptop and tablet sleeves. A 15.6” laptop and iPad 2 will fit with ease and be protected by the soft microfiber design preventing screen cracks and scratches. The orbital design will also allow you to have better peace of mind knowing your belongings are safe while moving your laptops and tablets to the front of the backpack when in crowded places such as markets, queues, and public transport.
The second compartment which includes pouches, pen-holders, and a key hook allows you to distribute your stationary and gear making it easy to find. It is unfortunately not padded, however, this section will mainly be used for document storage and small items anyway. The interior would, therefore, house an on-the-go workplace, while accommodating for comfortable transportation between work areas for those more business inclined.
On the surface of the Wolffepack Metro, the bag has two extra zipped compartments. The larger of the two has pouch and sleeve areas similar to the second compartment inside the backpack. The lower outside compartment is small in size and provides space for snacks or something rectangular in shape. Additionally, there is a water bottle holder on the side of the backpack, which can also be used to store an umbrella. While the bag is water resistant, you may not be quite as lucky.
Conclusion: Is it worth a buy?
If you are in the market for a comfortable backpack and often find yourself in cramped commutes scuffling through your belongings, the Wolffepack Metro might be for you. The Metro backpack is a great option for commuters, sporty types, and photographers. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to have access to their belongings on the move. Although it is a little pricey, it works well. Once you are used to the orbital function, accessing and protecting your belongings is a breeze!