Traveler favorite This Is Ground just debuted their first backpack, and we’re in love with its old-meets-new features.
A great backpack is a travel lifesaver: Fill it with everything you need to ensure as comfortable a flight as possible, throw it over your shoulder, and go. Of course, some backpacks are better than others. And let’s face it—wearing a spanking new nylon version can make you feel a little bit like a teenager on your first day of high school. Fortunately, LA-based brand This Is Ground has just debuted its first-ever backpack, and it’s about to become your travel secret weapon.
These days, a “smart” bag likely means it comes with a gadget or two, or at the very least, the ability to charge a gadget or two. This Is Ground’s Venture backpack is smart in both the new and old school senses. “Smart” because it includes a hidden Tile GPS tracking device, which means no more panicked moments of misplaced luggage. Also, the backpack also comes with an optional Karma Wifi hotspot, so you’ll never miss an email or text. Other smart features? A large back section with pockets for your devices that, when unzipped, lays flat and acts as its own (TSA-approved) tray to hold your laptop as it goes through the scanner. Smudge-haters, rejoice: the tablet pocket is lined with microfiber so every time you remove yours, it’s wiped clean. Forget smart—that’s genius.
Furthermore, the Venture comes in two roomy sizes with enough space to hold some clothes, a book, and some important in-flight snacks; and comes with a front pocket filled with This Is Ground’s signature spots to hold pens, cords, chargers, adapters, and anything else you need to stay plugged in while you travel. Also, it’s flat-out gorgeous—available in five colors, it’s made of vegetable-tanned leather that gives it a perfectly well-worn look and feel that is miles away from your nylon high school version. It looks, for lack of a better word, smart.