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Published on March 25th, 2012 | by Greg

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Incipio’s Weekender: Travel Light And Easy

Trav­el usu­al­ly means com­pro­mis­es. You sim­ply can­not take ev­ery­thing with you. And the more you bring, the more you’ll have to wor­ry about, the more weight you’ll need to shift around, the more you’ll have to sort through to find what you need. Un­less you’re trav­el­ing to the jun­gle or an event like a wed­ding, chances are that you’ll be able to sur­vive quite well with just the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and a few changes of cloth­ing.

We’ve tried out a lot of bags and lug­gage- ev­ery­thing from totes to duf­fel bags, and plen­ty of out­door hik­ing and camp­ing gear as well. To­day’s trav­el tip: check out the In­ci­pio Week­ender, a bag with plen­ty of car­ry­ing op­tions and nifty fea­tures. It’s sim­i­lar to the Tim­buk2 Wing­man that we reg­u­lar­ly use, ac­tu­al­ly, but a few things help set it apart. And the Week­ender is an in­cred­i­ble val­ue, earn­ing a sol­id ‘buy’ for those in need of a fair­ly lightweight, durable com­pan­ion that can hold a fair bit of stuff for a few days.

They thought of just about ev­ery­thing, from the padded lap­top sleeve that’s TSA com­pli­ant and folds out eas­i­ly to an easy-ac­cess rear pock­et that’s weath­er­proof and per­fect for pa­pers and any­thing you need handy. There’s a de­tach­able shoul­der strap with de­cent padding, but you can con­vert the bag to a back­pack thanks to straps that come out of a small com­part­ment and work rea­son­ably well. If that’s go­ing to be your pri­ma­ry use, we rec­om­mend choos­ing a ded­i­cat­ed back­pack in­stead, as the weight dis­tri­bu­tion and up­per pock­ets will like­ly serve you bet­ter.

But In­ci­pio even in­clud­ed a waist strap with the back­pack straps, al­ways help­ful for deal­ing with heav­ier loads. When haul­ing by hand, the top and side han­dles are pret­ty sol­id as well, and the zip­pers were pret­ty good. The main com­part­ment has plen­ty of room for cloth­ing and ne­ces­si­ties (2079 cu­bic inch­es for those count­ing), and an in­ner mesh sep­a­ra­tor is use­ful as a di­vider. Ours was a steely gun­metal grey, but three oth­er col­or op­tions are avail­able, and the bal­lis­tic ny­lon held up well to drags, drops, and over-load­ing. Avail­able now for on­ly $70 on­line, and worth ev­ery pen­ny.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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