Gift Guide for the Urban & Exotic Explorer

Text by: Kelsey Begg.

Backpacks, Fjällräven, Herschel Supply Co., JanSport, Lowe Alpine, Matt & Nat, Mountain Hardwear, Osprey, The North Face, Thule. Gift Guide for the Urban & Exotic Explorer

We’ve all been there once… leaving the house while juggling a wallet, keys, a granola bar snack or two, maybe a laptop and a hairbrush or a book to read if you’re stuck in transit. In moments like these, any kind of bag is necessary for your sanity and just simplicity.

You can stow away all your important belongings and have total hand-freedom to open doors, hail a taxi and even search through your wallet for some change to donate to the kind jingler collection donations for the Salvation Army out front of the mall. The bottom line is, a bag whether it be a tote bag, a backpack or a purse, is very convenient.

Backpacks & Bags, More Than Just a Stylish Accessory

Whether you’re an urban explorer or an exotic traveler, a backpack or bag is more than just a stylish accessory, it is a tool and quite often, part of the outfit.

In an urban setting, anything from a small handbag or tote to a conveniently sized backpack will do the trick. Somewhere to keep your belongings intact while you sprint from the doors of the metro station racing after the bus. In an exotic or foreign setting, a backpack may be more like your suitcase but as we all now, pulling around a wheeled suitcase through a street market can pose as a bit of an inconvenience (especially if the roads are made of sand or dirt).

Surprise the urban and exotic explorers on your Christmas list with a new bag or backpack this holiday season. Whether their old one has finally kicked the bucket and no amount of duct tape can help it through another year or you’re sick of seeing their belongings falling out of their tattered reusable grocery bags, at Altitude Sports, we have the perfect backpack or bag for everyone.

Top Picks for the Urban Explorer

Fjällräven Kånken

The Kånken is as popular today as it was when it first hit the backpack market. The main zipper compartment opens up entirely making it easy to move items in and out of the pack. There are two additional pockets on the sides as well as a front zippered pocket so you can put your important items in quick and easily accessible places. The Kånken is a great backpack for cruising around town or heading out for a short walk in the forest.

The North Face Fuse Box Charged

For the urban explorers on your list who are constantly running around town and often scrambling for an outlet to get a full charge, the Fuse Box Charged pack is the answer. The perfect sized backpack for all your school necessities equipped with a charging dashboard that houses a Joey T55™ battery. Organizational pockets to organize your laptop and phone so you can stay charged all day and submit your final thesis before the deadline.

Matt & Nat Junji Tote

The Junji Tote is a versatile bag that can be worn with a shoulder strap or carried around like a tote bag. It features an internal laptop sleeve among other small pockets so you can organize your belongings so they’re easy to find. There is also a top zipper so you can be sure that your items will be safe inside. Neutral and versatile, this bag is ideal for the urban fashionistas and the urban misters on your Christmas list.

JanSport Right Pack

JanSport’s iconic backpack with the suede leather bottom for improved durability remains a classic year-after-year. Choose from an assortment of colours from bright pastels to neutral shades to find your perfect hue. The Right Pack is the ideal size for all your belongings and even has an internal sleeve designed to fit up to a 15″ laptop. Organize your belongings for school, work or a day in the park in a JanSport classic.

Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack

A Herschel Supply Co. classic, the Little America Backpack is the perfect size for a day in class or an overnighter at a friend’s house. Originally inspired by classic mountaineering style, this backpack has a larger volume to accomodate all of your belongings. Equipped with an internal laptop sleeve and even a top drawcord, the Little America Backpack is sure to keep all of your things safe and secure. A small zippered pocket on the front is a convenient spot for items that need to be accessed quickly and the magnetic strap closures on the front add to the classic look.


Top Picks for the Exotic Explorer

Mountain Hardwear Direttissima 35 OutDry Backpack

Ensure that your gear stays dry even when you get caught in a tropical monsoon traveling by scooter from one island to the next with Mountain Hardwear’s OutDry® construction. Rain room tested for 24 hours, this pack will surely keep your gear dry in all the wettest elements whether you’re hiking to your camp spot or you’re cruising the streets in a tropical place looking for a hostel.

Osprey Kestrel 38

The Osprey Kestrel is the ultimate versatile backpack. Great for overnight trips or multi day weekend adventures, the Kestrel has a collection of pockets and convenient features making it the ideal backpack. Equipped with a torso-adjustable harness, the backpack can be easily be fitted to suit any of your fellow adventurers.

Thule Women’s Capstone 40L

Perfect for the female explorers on your Christmas list, the Thule Capstone is the ultimate travel backpack. With a capacity of 40L, you’re ready for over night trips to the city, multi day adventures in the mountains or month long trips to exotic places. The backpack has all the necessary backpack features you need in a backpack plus a few additional features like being hydration compatible.

Lowe Alpine Cholatse ND35

Ideal for light backpacking or day hikes, the Lowe Alpine Cholatse boasts all the right features like an adjustable back length and stretch water bottle pockets too. There are pockets on the hip belt so you can store small items that you need access to frequently. The Cholatse is a great backpack for the hikers on your Christmas list.

Osprey Stratos 50

Ultra comfortable and packed full of features, the Osprey Stratos is versatile for a variety of adventures. Whether you’re heading for a month of backpacking or heading for the mountains for a weekend of camping in the woods, the Stratos has all the right features to ensure your adventure is a success. From its internal reservoir sleeve and integrated rain cover to its sleeping bag compartment and removable floating top pocket, the Stratos is the perfect pack for the versatile adventurers on your Christmas list.


Happy Bag Shopping!

Whether you’re shopping an urban explorer or an exotic traveler, Altitude sports has a wide selection of bags for everyone. From crossover bags and tote bags to backpacks and duffel bags, there’s a bag that suits everyone’s needs and fun patterns and colours to match anyone’s personality.

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