I used to be skeptical of the Agazzi city backpack when my colleague and fellow bag nerd, Vlad Savov, linked me to its Kickstarter. Why within the hell would anybody want a bag with a fingerprint lock or inside and exterior lights, I believed, and why ought to they threat “buying” it by way of crowdfunding?
That was till Agazzi Designs despatched me a demo bag to strive for myself. I… prefer it; it seems nice, and the lock and lights are sensible additions. It’s the over-engineered bag for lovers of over-engineering.
The Professional unit I’ve been testing is a preproduction prototype. It’s about 95 p.c of the way in which to the completed product that Agazzi says will ship to backers in October. It’ll value £189 (about $246 or €219) for early backers. Lesser-specced variations with out the lights and lock will promote for £129 (about $168 or €150). That’s expensive, nevertheless it’s in keeping with different premium commuter luggage from corporations like Peak Design.
To my eye, Agazzi has drawn some inspiration from class-leading Peak Design with its pink accent stitching on charcoal-colored nylon cloth. Each backpacks function sturdy, waterproof supplies, and so they maintain their shapes even once they’re empty. The bigger 23-liter Agazzi, nevertheless, is definitely lighter than the 20-liter On a regular basis Backpack from Peak Design, weighing simply 1.45 kilograms (three kilos, three ounces) in comparison with the notoriously heavy PD bag’s 1.81 kilograms (four kilos).
I discovered the Agazzi to be very comfy to put on whereas commuting by bike, even when it was loaded down with a beefy energy financial institution, MacBook, e-reader, and a few exercise garments. I additionally examined it out at night time on Amsterdam’s closely congested bike paths. The pink gentle and reflective strip on the backpack are definitely welcome additions, and the sunshine could be activated by way of a wired distant management within the fast entry pocket on the appropriate shoulder strap. An identical pocket within the left shoulder strap is simply large enough in your bus cross and some financial institution playing cards or money.
The bag stands up properly by itself, nevertheless it doesn’t absolutely open when laying flat. As such, you find yourself with a darkish cavern on the backside of the bag, which is why the interior gentle is so helpful.
The interior and exterior lights join over a USB-A cable to an influence financial institution that it’s essential to present. The USB-A cable on my prototype bag related to the 3D-printed lighting module over a Micro USB port. Sadly, the cable stored falling out. Happily, the module was in a zippered compartment, which allowed me to plug it again in. I’ve been informed that the cables operating to the custom-molded modules within the manufacturing backpacks “will never ever get unplugged.”
I’ve blended emotions in regards to the Agazzi’s shoulder straps. They’re designed to be set to your choice as soon as after which left alone. The truth is, they’re practically not possible to regulate whereas sporting the backpack. In observe, this didn’t actually create a difficulty. I used to be capable of put on the pack in my most popular place (excessive on my again), and I used to be nonetheless capable of slip a hand again by way of the strap to take away the pack. I do surprise if my success can be repeatable by folks with totally different physique sorts and adaptability, although.
A number of different observations:
- The fingerprint sensor is quick and dependable.
- The safety cable is lengthy sufficient to connect the bag to a chair at a restaurant or armrest on a prepare.
- The quantity, format, and building of the pockets are excellent for the wants of each day workplace commuter touring by bike or prepare.
- A lifetime guarantee is nice, assuming the corporate is round to honor it.
- I hate Velcro, however its clever use on the laptop computer strap doesn’t infuriate me.
- Two phrases: baggage strap.
Let me be clear: this isn’t a assessment. It’s affirmation that the bag exists, it’s practically executed, and the corporate is conscious of the prevailing points and is working to handle them. That ought to make your choice to again them on Kickstarter a bit of bit simpler do you have to be tempted.