Gadget Flow is the original product discovery platform that keeps you up to date with the latest tech, gear, and most incredible crowdfunding campaigns. Reaching over 31 million people per month, we also have iOS and Android apps that support AR and VR for next-level product exploration. While you could certainly take this Topo Designs backpack out on the trail, it’s also perfectly suited to tote your belongings around campus.
Learn more about how our team of experts tests and reviews products at Insider here. With the same form and function as the original Sling, the Premium Edition is elevated with environmentally certified leather on the exterior of the bag. Much like the other items in the collection, the Sling Premium Edition comes in black and tan colorways. A higher-end take on the popular Bellroy Classic Backpack, the Premium Edition comes in monochromatic tan and black colorways, each of which is fitted with extended leather panels. Since the inception of Insider Picks in 2014, Bellroy has been one of our team’s favorite accessory brands because of its fine choice of materials and sense of detail.
It has similar pockets to the Slim Work Tote, including two external pockets for everything you might need during your commute. The Bellroy Sling is like a modern-day fanny pack that’s better looking and more versatile. It can be worn across your chest, over your back, or conveniently over your shoulder.
Just like the standard version, the plus edition from Bellroy also comes in different colors and can be shipped worldwide. For some, that might be a deal-breaker, but there is still room inside the classic Bellroy backpack to fit a water bottle. I’m not sure I how I feel about it yet, but I did want to comment on the sternum strap’s somewhat unique clasp.
It’s also shaped a little differently, but it has the same expandable 15-liter capacity and can hold a 15-inch laptop. It features a pass-through section to fit over a rolling luggage handle, making it ideal for road warriors. Other than that, it features a similar mix of internal organization and external pockets. The Shift Backpack uses a top-flap style opening, which is fastened by a multi-level slide hook system.
First, the fold-over top is secured by custom MagSnap fasteners, so they won’t open from regular rough and tumble but pop open easily with an appropriately targeted tug. More importantly, for buried items, the front-side zipper splays open, so you can grab things from any place in the backpack without having to dig. The TIMBUK2 Command Laptop Backpack is the very same bag your writer is using to commute to the office.