Trekking: The NightShift V2 is as subtle as it is suitable

Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.

These days, there seems to be a backpack for every occasion. Morning commuters might utilize I streamlined messenger bag or backpack on the road, while dedicated photographers and outdoor aficionados might opt for something designed to cradle gear — and maybe some granola — throughout the backcountry. Thankfully, there are packs like the NightShift V2 ($229+) that pull double duty on both urban and outdoor treks, just in case you want something you can take to work and elsewhere.

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SEAGULL_TONES0008_1024x1024It should go without saying that the NightShift V2 is a backpack made with transition in mind. Although it ditches the rigidness of dedicated backpacking packs, it’s more packable because of it, allowing you to stow the bag in tight quarters when need be. A pair of ergonomic shoulder straps keep things comfortable when you tack on weight, which is easy to due given the gear loops and tactical straps lining the outside of the bag. The latter helps when stowing excess gear — i.e. a sleeping bag, tripod, blanket — that might not fit inside the bag, or within any of the zippered pockets. An interior organizer adds to the convenience when packing cords and supplies, as the does the interior laptop sleeve.

As for sizing, there are two options. The NightShift V2 comes with either 20 or 25-liter capacity, each of which sports a ballistic bottom and waterproof zippers aimed at curbing the weather. The fact that each bag is made in America just sweetens the deal.

Check out Seagull Bags online for more information, to make a purchase, or to simply browse the company’s noteworthy selection of commuter bags and apparel.