A few years ago the bullfighter first crossed our radar with a huge tear-proof emergency blanket folded less than a purse. Since then the company has launched numerous other collapsible packaging products that make travel easier, but its new beast 28 travel backpack is undoubtedly the most impressive engineering feat.
Have we ever seen collapsible backpacks? Of course we have, but they are often lightweight, fragile, and only used in emergencies. Try to use one for hiking in the woods and you will find yourself able to carry limited, with back pain and go home.
While traveling, the best backpack for travel looks just like a collapsible blanket travel. But when it unfolds it looks like adventure packs in an outdoor store, you will find all the features that need to go out to the wilderness to prepare for an impromptu walk of nature.
Made from just 560-grams of ultra-light, water-resistant ripstop nylon, the Beast 28 has 28-liters of capacity spread through multiple pockets and compartments that can be expanded or collapsed using built-in compression straps. It’s also got external straps for carrying additional gear outside the pack, and is hydration compatible meaning it can hold a water bottle or reservoir, including a drinking hose kept in easy reach.
Even more important, and something you rarely see on a packable backpack, are breathable, padded should straps that also include a sternum strap and an adjustable hip belt to properly distribute weight around your body making it comfortable, and safer, to carry a heavy load.
Is Matador’s Beast 28 Packable Technical Backpack the first piece of gear you’d reach for if you were planning to climb Mount Everest? Obviously not. But at $90 it sounds like it’s a solid pack you can easily keep tucked away in your car, or your luggage, for impromptu outdoor adventures while you’re traveling.