One big problem with most bags and backpacks is that even when empty, they weigh too much. And the rationale for that is usually durability. Most of us are willing to take the trade-off of a heavier bag in order to have a tough pack that will stand up to the rigors of everyday commuter life.
But what if you didn’t have to choose toughness over weight? OUTLIER’s Minimal Backpack may be the answer.
The Minimal is a close relative of Hyperlite Mountain Gear‘s Dyneema packs, but without all of the extras and hoo-haws which normally clutter up backcountry packs, and which won’t be needed when schlepping around the city. The bag has 1600 cubic inches of cargo space, is 100% waterproof, and can be rolled up small enough to fit in a pocket when empty.
Nonwoven Dyneema is the fabric of choice for this pack, and while it may look flimsy, it’s actually extremely tough (10 times stronger than steel). The roll-top closure and fully taped seams finish off the waterproofing of the bag, and because the straps are made from the same fabric as the bag, it can be rolled up tightly, with no added bulk. $128.00, from Outlier.