Eagle Creek has fine-tuned its new Afar Backpack (EC-60263) to be all business and a pleasure.
It weighs a pound and 11 ounces and is 12 1/2–by-20 1/2-by-8 1/2 inches. It has well-padded contoured shoulder straps, a tuck-away padded hip belt, adjustable sternum straps, external compression straps and a sturdy top grab handle.
A padded breathable mesh back panel makes for comfy cushioning. The back panel incorporates a zippered padded compartment for a laptop (up to 17 inches) that doesn’t broadcast your cargo to would-be thieves.
The spacious main zippered compartment is unstructured, and three roomy external mesh pouches can carry extras.
Double-lock zippers, hidden slip pockets for documents and reflective accents for nighttime visibility are smart security elements. It costs $110 and is available in blue, ocher and black.