Backpacks may seem a generic type of name, but the idea of being able to carry a number of items in comfort, safety and sensibility makes really good sense. This is especially true when one is traveling on foot beyond the simple confines of city streets (I.e., hiking and the like). The main concern of a backpack is that it has enough room to hold what is needed — which is always going to vary depending on the situation — in a manner that allows for easy access as well as stability. Seagull’s Nightshift V2 backpack may not have the patent on doing all of this better than anyone else, but it sure fulfills all the needs just mentioned. And if you’re not a fan of an all black look, there’s the option to go for a more canvas-y like brown. Price will be the same either way: retailing at $239.00. That might seem a bit high, but when you consider what the NightShift V2 can do, the price seems right on, especially when taking in mind the attention to detail and sturdiness that has been “baked” in.
Looking at the exterior of the backpack, the obvious elements that are visible consist of a series of zippered pockets. Inside, once you open the main compartment, what becomes visible are a series of smaller zippered pockets. Another small pocket can be found at the bottom of the backpack. At the top is the opening for the main compartment (with webbing) and inside there’s one side large enough for a laptop or big iPad, with the other side featuring those varying sized pockets, some zippered for a secure containment and some freely opened (these are the sub-pockets). The zippers are all designed to last a long time, with the heavy-duty “master” zipper that is closing up the main compartment being as waterproofed in design as is the NightShift V2 itself (so as to create the clamshell shape). Care has been taken to weatherproof this backpack so as to make it suitable for handling inclement weather and frankly less desirable weather conditions where what you are carrying need to stay dry, even if you don’t.
Checking out the backpack’s back (is that redundant?) the series of stow away carrying straps are designed so as to allow for carrying varied contents; anything from a bedroom to a tripod and others can be accommodated. There are also gear loops to use. The bottom is also designed with real use in mind and so is made to be both long lasting and that which is expected to have weight shoved against it.
Then there’s the wearing of the backpack. The straps are well cushioned and provide the right amount of “give” while maintaining a strong connection between one’s shoulders and the main area which is now residing on one’s back. The lack of a spine means it can lie more naturally against the back (not being a hardback), but it does also mean that one must pack with avoidance of hard objects/corners and points being in immediate contact with the back. Not that this is any more difficult to do, it just requires a bit of forethought which is always going to have to be taken into consideration when doing the packing.
The final aspect is appearance — granted this does not affect the bag’s performance but it does influence how others will look at it. But even more importantly, the level of attractiveness that the xxx generates will help to improve one’s own self-image (and maybe even aid in improving one’s posture since it will be known that others will be looking).
The NightShift V2 backpack comes in two sizes; the medium having inch dimensions of 12w x 18h x 5.5d, and the large being well, larger overall in its dimensions — as in 12.5w x 19.5h x 7d. Pick the size that’s most appropriate for your needs and head out knowing that this backpack won’t let you down.