Evolution of the Blade
Our original inspiration for the Blade pack series were certain folks at Arc'HQ who found themselves doing quite a bit of travel for work. Our goal was the perfect bag that could comfortably and securely handle your laptop, work essentials, and any personal gear that you needed with you, depending on the length of your trip.
We currently have three sizes – 15L, 24L, and 30L – all sharing similar core features (suspended laptop sleeve, separate document compartment, front-pocket with organization slots, concealed passport pocket, top and side grab-handles, padded bottoms and sides, and dual-density shoulder straps), each with its own unique implementation.
The Blade 15 is that perfect, every-day office pack that accommodates a standard 15-inch laptop and all the "stuff" that ends up traveling with you daily between home and work. The Blade 24 also has a suspended compartment for a 15" laptop, and a larger front pocket for an overnight trip or extra gear for a lunchtime run. And the Blade 30 is a large-volume carry-on pack that accommodates a 17-inch laptop.
As with all our gear, we're constantly testing, gathering feedback, and looking for new ways to improve future versions. We are planning to do the same with our Blade series, and we wanted to reach out to our amazing online community for your input. If you have one of the Blade packs, we'd love to hear a few things from you:
- Which model you have and what do you use it for most often?
- What is your favourite feature?
- What would you like to see updated, added, or removed?
Peter, one of our Senior Hardgoods Designers, is heading up this initial research, so we thought we'd ask him to go first. He has the Blade 24, and he primarily uses it as his work bag – i.e. laptop, computer cables, papers, books, lunch – you can check out our earlier series for all his daily essentials. His favourite features are the side / briefcase access, and the organizational pocket ("it's my fifth pants pocket"). The one thing he'd like to change is the current size and volume of the two main compartments. And if someone's going to do anything about it, he's certainly a great candidate!
Now it's your turn. If you have a Blade pack and wouldn't mind sharing your two cents, we'd really appreciate you taking the time. Hop on over to our Facebook page and let us know what you think. Thank you!