Outdoors 1107

Published on June 27th, 2010 | by Greg


Mueslii: Less Granola, More Backpack

We generally try to stay with items that are widely available, or at least ones that you can purchase online without too much trouble. Every now and then, though, we aim for something a bit harder to find, typically from beyond our shores. To New Zealand we looked, and found some of the neatest-looking bags. For those who want something different, we can pretty much guarantee that you won’t catch another one of these on the streets (for a while at least!)

Now, we’ve seen our fair share of backpacks- serious hiking versions, ones with built-in hydration, and ones for photographers. But we haven’t seen anything quite like the Rotorua bags from Mueslii, a line separated into two collections, one with horizontal puffs and the other with vertical ones.

We received one from each, and it took only a few days to receive them safely from halfway across the globe. Ours were glossy Byzantium and matte Chocolate, but one of the things we loved were the various color options- Dark Sienna, Golden Poppy, and Egyptian Blue for example. We took them out to the streets, cute pine tree logo visible, and were happily surprised at the number of compliments on both.

Zippers are solid, as is stitching, but these are fashionable, compact bags. You can’t fit more than a couple of days worth of clothing or a few books, and the straps aren’t particularly well-padded so you don’t want to overpack. Slightly ironically, items inside are quite well protected though, both from light rains and small drops. There also aren’t a lot of pockets detracting from the style- in fact, there are no external pockets at all. But we really liked the velcro-flapped internal pocket, perfect for phones and change and such. So many bags offer headphone pass-throughs and water bottle pockets though that we did find ourselves missing them.

Of course, with shipping and the exchange rate, these might be a bit more expensive than your average bags: Collection 1 is 70€, and Collection 2 is 80€, plus tax, and shipping can be upwards of 18€- altogether, you’re looking at more than $100 each. But we think it’s worth it for well-designed fashion, and hope to see Mueslii make it across to our shores in the near future.

About the Author

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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