Published on March 25th, 2012 | by Greg0
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.