As someone who regularly attends conferences like PAX, I know how important a good play equipment bag is. You need something that can comfortably hold your Nintendo Switch, controllers, and headsets, and make room for all of their cables and plugs. I’ve tried various solutions over the years, but none of them hit that sweet spot. However, today Astro is solving the problem once again with the famous Timbuk2 bag brand.
Timbuk2 is best known for its striped messenger bagbut in the brand’s new collaboration with Astro, this style is absent in favor of two different items: a backpack and a sling bag. Astro already offers $ 100 Scout Backpack with plenty of pockets to store your gear, but the $ 200 BP35 is bigger: 35 liters of space compared to 32 in the previous model. It also has two laptop pockets and a fully-opening clamshell to make it easier to retrieve your belongings – which should definitely make your airport security life easier. One inner pocket is designed specifically for carrying Astro gaming equipment, with a headset loop, padded sleeve for MixAmp Pro and additional pockets for cords and controllers.
There are plenty of small thoughtful details everywhere too, including mesh straps for cooling, Velcro to show off your pins and patches, and a D-shaped key ring. And if you care about the environment, all Timbuk2 products are made from recycled materials and they have an exchange program for your old bag so you can dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.
But what if you don’t need such a large bag? In the end, 35 liters is a lot of space and all you have is the Switch Lite and a set of headphones. This collaboration will provide you with a CS03 shoulder bag for $ 80. You can wear it on your back, front, or around your hips because the waist packs are back. But it’s made for your Nintendo Switch, with 14 game card slots and a knitted lining to protect your screen. There is also a pocket for your smartphone and a key holder, so it will be a convenient replacement for your purse or small shoulder bag. And i mean smallbecause the CS03 only holds three liters. It looks more like a day trip than a regular package.
I didn’t have much time with the bags, but I will always keep an eye on them in practice after testing them on the middle streets of New York and Chicago. If you’d like to try them yourself, both bags will go on sale later this month and can be picked up at Astro or Tumbuk2”, as well as any of the six Timbuk2 flagship stores.
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