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Black Ember Forge 3-Way Pack

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Black Ember Forge 3-Way Pack

When it comes to bags, the holy grail for many is that “one bag” to do it all. Needless to say, it takes the right combination of design, materials, and functionality to fill that role. Leave it to Black Ember, with a proven track of cutting edge, urban packs under their belt, to take on the challenge. Their latest project, the Forge, was designed to be your “one bag” when you travel, but it can shape-shift and transform between three distinct carry styles to handle your EDC and work commute, too. No matter how and where you choose to carry it, the Forge is in it for the long haul. It’s equipped with some of the best functional materials, hardware, and construction methods available, giving this sleek urban pack the go-anywhere durability and technical performance you want in your one bag.

Most “one bag” designs these days are based on your traditional backpack — best for comfortably hauling bigger loads. But for your one bag to truly replace your EDC, it should carry well even when you need to be fast and light, as well as blend in with your surroundings, whether it’s in the city, on the trail, or at the office. The Forge accomplishes this with its 3-way design, leveraging modular straps and hardware to switch from backpack, messenger, or briefcase on the fly. Its full-sized stowable straps tuck away discreetly into the Forge’s unique “butterfly” door-equipped rear panel. The rear panel’s padding folds open to reveal a dedicated slot for stowing unused straps. Depending on how you stow or deploy the straps, you can turn your backpack into a quick-access messenger while out on the town, or hand-carry as a briefcase in more professional settings.

To accommodate these three carry configurations, the Forge separates its internal organization with EDC, mobile office, and travel in mind. The front compartment features a full-length zip, revealing a full admin panel for organizing your gear in an easy to access way. Mesh pockets fit daily and travel essentials like a battery pack, pens, wallet, phone, and even keys, thanks to a magnetic locking key-hook built right in. The main interior of the pack stores and protects your tech and work essentials with large mesh drop pockets, hidden layered storage for documents, and a 4-side suspended laptop sleeve with a magnetic-locking security clasp for your main machine. When you’ve got a flight to catch, its separate, central travel compartment expands, bumping the Forge’s capacity from 20L up to a roomy 30L. The compartment features a 3/4 zip and packs like a suitcase, giving you ample room for outfits, shoes, packing cubes, and so on. For day-to-day use, it compresses down with magnetic locking buckles for a sleek, low profile.

You can really see Black Ember's design DNA and ethos in the small details throughout the Forge, especially in the materials and hardware it uses. A 3L waterproof textile available in either matte black or black-camo as well as bonded YKK Aquaguard zippers offer excellent weather resistance and a stealthy, utilitarian aesthetic. Custom aluminum hardware and magnetic locking Fidlock buckles throughout make for a premium handling experience. Finally, laser-cut Hypalon details and bar-tack reinforcements give the Forge a subtle strength. If you're on the hunt for a highly technical solution for your one-bag and EDC, be sure to check out the Black Ember Forge and all its features in detail at the Kickstarter link below.

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Discussion (2 total)

Dan Negline ·
Love this bag in concept, its a definite competitor for my Peak Design travel - so here's the sticking point. What does this thing weigh??? The Travel is slightly heavy. Would love to know
Bernard Capulong ·
It's about 4 pounds (1.8kg)

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