New Zealand is one of those Goldilocks-zone places where one might ski, surf or hike in the morning and still make it to the office in time for a mid-afternoon meeting. The city to mountain trend is real because of places like New Zealand, where gear transitions between urban and backcountry environments every and perhaps multiple times per day. It’s no wonder that Alchemy Equipment, based in the largest city on the country’s South Island, has managed to create a backpack that truly adapts to any backdrop.
Alchemy Equipment’s 35-liter Top Load Daypack is built like a hiking pack with a sturdy hipbelt and shoulder straps, a lid-style top, side compression straps and heavy-duty ripstop Kodra fabric. The Daypack’s urban-oriented features include a laptop sleeve and seat belt-style straps. But the way in which Alchemy has stylized these components gives the bag a subtle, decidedly non-outdoor look (a lot of black helps, too).
Right now the Daypack can be had on Backcountry for $168, which is 40 percent less than it’s full price.
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