Transpack XT1 Backpack Reviewed
Have you heard of Transpack? If so, that could mean you’re an ice skater, a skier, or maybe just an OG blade head.
For those that don’t know the brand, Transpack is the maker of the “Isosceles Storage System.” Translation: Transpack makes a triangle-shaped backpack that carries skates better than any other bag on the market.
Continue reading to learn more…
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According to their website, Transpack launched in 1995 with the goal of making the best and most specialized bags for action sports.
As you can imagine, one of the premiere action sports markets at the time was inline skating. And so Transpack advertised and marketed towards the inline community.
Nearly 20 years later, Transpack hasn’t done much to change their design — and with good reason. The Isosceles System works.
A common problem of most bags meant for carrying skates is that the soft structural nature of a backpack has little chance to support the full weight of your blades. Putting skates inside a regular bag uses up all the storage space. Strap skates to the side of a regular bag and it’s either unwieldily large or the blades pull down and together, meeting in the middle, crushing anything inside the bag.
But not Transpack.
Because the bag is basically a triangle, there’s a pocket for each skate, which ends up leaving a large storage compartment in the center of the bag.
Having owned an original Transpack since the ’90s, I can attest to this compartment holding things like helmet and pads, clothes, shoes, or even a North Face sleeping bag. Seriously, it’s a lot of room!
In addition to the revolutionary storage configuration, the Transpack XTI Print features a unique plaid pattern that’s laminated onto the 600 denier polyester and designed by artist Sean Ritchwood. Plus there’s mesh outer pockets for small gear and an inside flap pocket for wallet, phone and keys. And the padded back and shoulder straps have the quality construction necessary to haul your heavy-ass skate bag around. All told, this thing features 2800 cubic inches of storage.
There’s a lot of bags out there for your consideration. If you’re serious about traveling and want something with function over form (or in this case with function and form working in unison) and made with heavy-duty materials, try out a Transpack.