There is something so comforting about a wool blanket, in any form, and when you take that essence of comfort and love, and put it into a Topo backpack with all the functionality that entails, you want to take it everywhere, well, like a kid with that security blanket. But the Klettersack pack comes with a bit more functionality than carrying around your favorite blanket.
The Geronimo Jacquard colorway, with it’s warm body colors, black body facing technical fabric and buttery leather details is the newest addition to join the Woolrich X Topo Klettersack collaboration. But I feel this may be the most versatile and covetable colorway yet. With warm but neutral hues, high end leather detailing, Woolrich’s rich history, and Topo building the pack with enough adjustability and rugged construction to feel technical in Colorado, while effortlessly urbane, this pack literally calls out for fall and winter use. But because it is not overbuilt, while being highly functional, and the textile is a classic, I’m pretty sure that this pack will flow seamlessly into spring and summer outings on bike, beach, trail and daily use across the city.
I have carried this pack the last week, with my camera gear inside the generous stuff sack style body, but was very pleased to discover an internal pocket so that I can keep my ipad and notebook separate — I hate when items slosh around. It is a snug fit, but upon testing, my 15” Mac book does sneak into this inner pocket, which will altogether make for far classier carryon set up for air travel. Just this alone is a huge win.
Thinking on international travel, and walking around Boston this week, I found that I appreciated how the main body of the bag closes by a draw cord and the top pocket pulls over and clips into place, much like what you see on heavy weight backcountry packs. This goes a long way towards allaying my major urban backpack worry of wandering hands gaining the easy access to my camera and other valuables. So while this closure system might make for slower access than I am used to in a day pack for me as well, I view this design consideration as a major plus for travel and urban use. (And you could use this pack as a light overnight pack I suppose too, with it’s roomy interior.)
And when I headed to the farm over the weekend with my godson, I was able to put my wallet and snacks in the top stash pocket for easy access. We realized that the lovely side leather detailing are actually beautifully integrated water bottle pockets. I wonder a bit how the butter yellow leather will age, and am hoping for a beautiful wabi sabi look, more beautiful with the visible stories and wear of use.
At first I missed not having a waistband, as I am accustomed to with technical pack, but soon adapted to the switch and came to appreciate the lack of bulk. Plus the adjustability and comfort of the shoulder straps make up for a good fit. Additionally of note, the pack didn’t feel manly in design or fit, as gender neutral designs sometimes can, although I am 5’8”, so I look forwards to loaning it out to my petite friends who are eagerly awaiting their turns, for their thoughts.
Other new colorways for 2016-2017 Woolrich X Topo Klettersack story include Olive and Black waffle, and the iconic Buffalo Check, which carries over from FW2015. And the Klettersack is a part of a larger Woolrich Topo collection worth checking out as you work your way through gifts for ladies and gents alike.
Julianne Gauron is a designer, writer, and outdoor adventurer.