This is the Herschel Barlow, a contemporary take on the classic ruckpack-style bag. It’s part of Herschel’s recent Trail Collection, which features updated materials and aesthetic.  Let’s take a look at the Barlow.

A Contemporary Backpack

The Herschel Barlow finds its roots in the classic backpack. Its spacious main compartment is closed using a drawcord and a clip-fastened storm flap. You’ll be a fan of this design if you tend to haul irregularly-shaped items. Items like groceries or your gym gear won’t be an issue since there’s no need to play Tetris to zip up your bag when there’s no zipper.

On both sides, you can find unobtrusive compression straps and micro-mesh water bottle pockets. The great thing about these pockets is they stretch out to accommodate most water bottles without reducing the internal capacity of the backpack too much.

The Herschel Barlow also features a small compartment for stashing quick-access items like your phone, wallet or earphones. Inside, you will find a padded laptop sleeve that will hold an up to 13” laptop.

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Made To Last

The Herschel Barlow is made of a reinforced 210D Nailhead Dobby nylon construction, which means it stands up well to tearing and abrasion. The pack also comes with extra padding on the back panel and straps. This added durability makes the Barlow suited to both commuting around the city and hitting the trails on the weekends.

Cyclists will rejoice that this pack features reflective accents and a colourful ripstop rain cover for safe commuting in a range of conditions. The ripstop rain cover is stowed away in a designated compartment on the bottom of the pack.

Minimalist Good Looks

When it comes to appearances, the Herschel Barlow keeps things simple. Each colourway features few flourishes for a uniform look that suits all occasions. The only noticeable contrast comes from the embroidered dimensions on the front, small “Zero Rain Delays” lettering on the bottom and reflective Trail ID (all-caps Herschel Supply Company logo). The interior and water bottle pockets are the same colour as the outside of the backpack.

Herschel Barlow Size Guide

The Herschel Barlow comes in two sizes. The smaller, 17L Barlow can snugly fit your 13” laptop. The larger Barlow is slightly larger in height, width and depth, allowing it to accommodate a 15” laptop and up to 31L of gear – enough space for your gym clothes, professional camera gear, or a day out at your favourite national park. With their ruck pack style closure, both Barlows will be able to fit that little bit more if you need it to.

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The Bottom Line

The Herschel Barlow is a solid choice. It’s great if you are a cyclist who needs a trusty pack for traversing the city, or you are just looking for a discrete pack for uni or work. Its ruckpack-style design also makes the Barlow suitable for days out in the great outdoors.

Check out Barlow page over at Rushfaster to learn more about the Barlow and purchase this fantastic bag.

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