Backpacks have been around for a long time and the reason for that is because they are versatile — you can put your laptop into them; you can stuff them with food; you can keep gym clothes in them. And shoes too — don’t forget you can put a pair of shoes in them for changing when you get to the office (dress shoes), or for vice versa when you’re done for the day and it’s off to work off the stress and keep that body looking good (gym shoes). Obviously backpacks also come in different shapes and with different accoutrements, but until now they all shared a single flaw and it’s about those shoes: when you need to change/put on a pair of shoes that are in the backpack, you have to first 1)open the backpack, 2) take out the shoes, 3) find a place to sit down, 4) remove the shoes presently on, 5) put those shoes down and take out the shoes to change into, 6) put on those shoes you just took out, 7) put away the shoes you had on earlier into the backpack, 8)close the backpack and 9) stand up. That sounds tiring and who needs a gym after doing all that? Fortunately that backpack flaw doesn’t exist with G.Y.S.T.’s BP3-20 Urban Ultimate Travel Day Backpack. Because it’s got your feet covered in a unique way. And right up front get off the idea that it’s just for the urban traveler — this guy is raring to go you athlete, skateboarder, runner, swimmer…get the idea?
Now the BP3-20 has so much going for it that maybe we better get to a little of that before we hit the main event (hint: it’s about shoes and yes we’re a tease). For all its size, it’s actually quite lightweight (prior to being stuffed with stuff), but is definitely durable enough to handle that stuffing and is water repellant overall. A lot of what you can put in comes from the choices of where you can put stuff and the construction to make sure that stuff stays put (like size #8 zippers). Which comes from 3 compartments and having a really cool storage compartments with dual access — letting you load the bag closed and getting out your stuff once opened. Meanwhile you got 2 front and 2 side pockets and one well padded for holding a mobile device, sunglasses, that kind of delicate stuff that hates getting scratched. Even a mesh bottle holder. Front gusset construction allows for pocket extension — basically you can see that this backpack is made to have stuff put in it and not get all huffy about it. Add to all this that for getting better support for wearing, the back panel is both padded and “breathable”, with an improved support system consisting of torso and hip straps. Just keep in mind that about 30 lbs is the max as otherwise the magnets might go off rails.
And say thank you to Velcro and compression straps on the inside for keeping one thing from encroaching on another. We tried a bike helmet in the expandable front section and no problem keeping it steady Eddie. A laptop pocket is there, of course, because if there’s one thing a laptop doesn’t care for, it’s being hard pressed against smelly shorts. And you know they’re smelly.
Compartments abound (as in a lot of them) and they keep tight using magnets — making for a quick open and close and forget about it. Yep there’s lots of magnets, as in 12 of them.
Now enough with the tease - what’s with the shoes already? Remember we said the BP3-20 handles the flaw other backpacks have? If you don’t believe us, then step on it — as in stepping onto the BP3-20. That’s right — you can open and literally stand inside this backpack to do that shoe changing business. So that keeps your feet (socks on/socks off) from the dirt off the ground but isn’t it harsh on the backpack? Nope, you’re not just forcing your feet on the backpack because it’s built to open and allow for feet inside. Actually it’s all about a special standing pad that’s built-in and that’s what your feet are now resting on. So stepping into this backpack is not only doable but recommended. To be fair, this transition bag system (called the X-Changer Pack system or XCP) means you can also change your clothes if you have enough situational awareness to know when doing so is appropriate. And the transition compartment that’s dedicated to wet gear has a mesh closure and a drain. Wow seriously.
The BP3-20 Urban Ultimate Travel Day Backpack comes in burnt gray and orange colors, making for a dapper look as you walk away in triumph from the crowd. Because there’s reflective tape on it too. It’s designed to be opened quickly and accessed flat and has 28 liters of space — that which means plenty of room to store whatever comes to mind (dimensions being 19 H x 12 W x 9 D inch [48x30x23 cm] and not quite 3 lbs empty). You want to know more about this limited edition, you want to go to https://gystconcept.com/shop/ols/products/bp3-20-urban-backpack