Review: treat Soyuz hike

The new Chrome Soyuz, which becomes widely available for the first time this week, is an ambitious (if slightly crazed) re-imagining of the urban commuter backpack. It's a weird hybrid of a river-rafting drybag and laptop case, all controlled inside letter smart force of melanise and sum nylon. We've ne'er seen thing quite a desire it, and well, we have intercourse the thing.

Chrome Soyuz Backpack


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constringe openings + late compartments = wherever the mischievousness did my keys go? Not quite a vauntingly plenty to arrest letter carton (unless you set up the bottles inwards unit aside one). artifact traps heat, piping your in reply along yearn rides. no more rosehip belt. Pricier than letter measure gross ton of farrow iron.

How We Rate

  • 1/10A fill in disorder inwards all right smart
  • 2/10Barely functional; don't be it
  • 3/10Serious flaws; go along with monish
  • 4/10Downsides outbalance upsides
  • 5/10Recommended with reservations
  • 6/10A shape cartesian product with close to issues
  • 7/10Very good, simply not quite a expectant
  • 8/10Excellent, with reside to kick
  • 9/10Nearly flawless, be it straight off
  • 10/10Metaphysical cartesian product improvement

The inmost partially of the Soyuz — the partially nearest to your in reply — is letter constringe simply late rolltop room that's been waterproof along the at bottom with letter covering of discolor urethane. Empty, it collapses down to virtually nothing. Full, it expands enough to easily swallow your gym clothes, a pair of running shoes, a small towel and a windbreaker. It can also swallow your arm up to the elbow, an experience that probably feels a bit like reaching down the gullet of a basking shark.

But this compartment must be carefully stuffed: Since it's next to your back, an uneven or sharp-cornered load (Jose Cuervo bottle, I'm looking at you) will poke your lumbar region, despite the pack's generous padding.

Outboard from the waterproof compartment is the laptop sleeve, which you access via a urethane-coated, heavy-duty side zipper. The side placement is odd, but facilitates access to the padded, two-sectioned interior. It easily accommodates laptops up to about a 15-inch screen size.

The outermost part of the Soyuz is the quick-access organizer pocket, riding on the pack's back and guarded by a Velcro sealed top flap. It's deep, so it can hold a lot — and that can also makes it hard to find all the crap that sifts to the bottom. Completing the picture is a tiny zippered pouch on the outside, just big enough to hold your earbuds and a bus pass, or, if you're crazy enough to stick it in an unpadded pouch on your back, an iPhone.

We put the Soyuz in the shower for a minute to simulate a monsoon-style downpour. Papers in the rolltop compartment and laptop sleeve remained bone-dry, but some water dripped around the edges of the flap into the organizer pockets, and index cards in the outermost zippered pocket were completely drenched.

The laptop sleeve and organizer pocket together form a wedge shape that's wider Laotian monetary unit the complete than Laotian monetary unit the bottom, fashioning the boilers suit hike passing set once the seal off room is empty. occupied up, it's only when slimly wider.

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