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Accessories July, 27 2012

Highsnobiety Field Test: Incase Range Collection

We recently had a chance to field test a couple of items from the Incase Range Collection. The pieces that we brought into the wild with us were the Range Large Messenger Bag and the Range Backpack. By “into the wild” we mean Alaska. We tested both of the items in a variety of situations over the course of a week on the island of Ketchikan, Alaska.

The messenger bag is one of the more ergonomically fitting ones that we have used. This is likely partially due to the twin pads on the shoulder strap that allow pressure points on the both the front and rear of the shoulder to be cushioned. The shoulder strap was long enough to wear it hip level for walking around, or adjusted to be worn high and tight while cycling. It also features a clasp in the center of the main strap for easy removal when worn tight. Other technical features of note are the fleece lined laptop sleeve (fits a 15” notebook), and the inner-coated nylon material. The texture and look of the inside of the bag is almost reminiscent of a nautical style dry-bag. It rains a lot during the summer in Ketchikan. It was comforting to know that as wet as the outside of the bag was, its contents were safe and dry. From a capacity perspective it definitely wouldn’t cut it for a NYC bike messenger, but was just about perfect for a cycling commuter or for a day hike.

The first thing that we liked about the Range Backpack is the shape and style. It has very modern contours, and a certain sleekness that traditional ruck sacks tend to lack. Aside from its looks, there are also several technical features that we found notable. The main compartment is top loading with a dual zipper, backed by a drawstring diaphragm. As with the messenger bag, we found this unit to be very rain friendly. The pack has smaller zippered pockets on the outside and inside, to spare. As with the messenger bag, this pack has a fleece lined laptop sleeve. Since we were testing the smaller iteration of the pack, the laptop sleeve held a 15” notebook (the larger version holds a 17”). From a size perspective, we found this pack to be ideal for day excursions. It was unobtrusive enough to stow easily in a puddle jumper prop plane. But it was large enough to bring along extra clothing for unexpected weather in addition to food, cameras and other gadgets. From a comfort perspective the pack also earned high marks.

Photography/Words: Jacob Breinholt / Highsnobiety.com

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