The Arcus backpack is literally art.
Maybe you don’t believe in love at first sight, but when I spotted this beauty across the room at an event earlier this year, I knew I had to have it. It’s exactly my aesthetic: minimalist, structured, neutral, and leather accented. It’s also everything anyone wants in a bag in that it has a lot of space for you to put your stuff.
The body is spacious with both side and top-loading panels (so you can get to your things even if they’re at the bottom), and there are plenty of pockets and compartments for all your needs. The cushioned back section has room for a 15-inch laptop, tablet, smartphone, and cords. The crush-resistant top section is safe for sunglasses, makeup, or anything else you don’t want to break. The zippered pockets on the back aren’t easily accessible while you’re wearing the bag, so they’re ideal for keeping important documents safe while you travel. The all-important side pocket is deep enough to keep a water bottle in without worrying about it falling out all the time. It also uses a bit of elastic and an adjustable strap to keep anything in the pocket secure.
Paired with the Arcus camera insert, this backpack makes for a great camera bag. The insert fits nicely inside the body of the backpack (with extra space still at the top) and its opening flap fits into the backpack’s side panel for easy access. This does mean, however, that all your camera equipment gets loaded sideways and is stacked on top of each other while you wear the bag, so things can move and potentially fall out when you open the side panel if you aren’t careful. The insert comes with three dividers to cushion your equipment and keep everything separate. I have managed to fit my camera body along with an extra battery, charger, and every lens that I own (there are only five, plus a close-up lens kit) in just the insert, with a bit more room if I were inclined to shove more stuff in there. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it’s possible.
So, in summary, the Arcus can hold more stuff than you probably want to carry. Thankfully, its straps seem well attached and sturdy, and it comes with an adjustable/moveable sternum strap for added support. The thing I love most about the Arcus is that it not only holds your stuff, it keeps your stuff secure. The crush-resistant top compartment, the discreet back pockets, the weather-resistant materials, and the crazy-thoughtful amount of cushioning for your electronics: it’s all working for you, all while looking sleek and stylish. I seriously recommend the Arcus for anyone who travels or commutes regularly (with or without a camera!).