Around a decade and a half ago, a twenty-something wouldn’t risk being caught with a backpack unless it was a full-blown knapsack like the kinds backpackers and campers hurl around. But with technology pervading our lives at an unprecedented speed and gadgets that were previously left at home like computers, music players and phones now having been reinvented to fit in our pockets, it has become almost nearly impossible for an urban youth to leave the house without their iPods, cellphones, tablets or laptops, and a whole host of accessories that go with them.
Though many specialty luggage makers have tried to come up with backpacks and bags that can hold all the gadgets in place but most of them end up bursting at the seams or giving way at the most inopportune times. To counter the problems of backpacks not being sturdy enough to carry all modern tech essentials and not having enough space inside to fit everything a modern urban tech-savvy youth on the go needs, Eindhoven, Netherlands-based design studio Lijmbach, Leeuw & Vormgeving have come up with an ingenuous new backpack design called Solid Gray.
Developed as a design prototype, the Solid Gray Backpack comes with separate compartments to fit every modern essential like earphones, data cables and other accessories, smartphones, portable music players, and even laptops up to 15.6 inches in size.
The Solid Gray Backpack was crafted from a single sheet of extremely durable and lightweight polymer called polypropene block copolymer that can stand up to heavy use while ensuing that the backpack remains as lightweight as possible. The main attraction of the Solid Gray Backpack apart from its specialized compartment system is the fact that its special fabric will not break or tear even after being bent millions of times.
Inspired by the armor shell of the armadillo, innovative folding design of Solid Gray perfectly protects your personal items from scratches and shocks thanks to a durable EPDM foam lining and laptop/tablet straps that ensure safe storage for your laptops and phones.
Multiple items can also be stored simultaneously in the backpack thanks to a conveniently placed multi clip that keeps your documents and loose papers in place and within reach under while smart locks (fashioned from the same strong polypropene as the rest of the backpack is made of) secure your belongings with an audible ‘snap’.
The first batch of these backpacks is being offered in a limited-edition of just 90 pieces with each backpack getting its own unique serial number. The Solid Gray Backpack retails for €119, and can be ordered via the studios website.