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The Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase

A three-way carrying system that can go from a climb to a conference call

by Emma George
on 29 July 2015

Creating all kinds of outdoor-focused bags—from ripstop cargos to travel packs—Colorado-based Topo Designs (a CH favorite) is well-known and admired for their simple and efficient design, durability and nature-loving manifesto. Rather than complicate an adventure with too many technical accessories and gadgets, the brand simplifies the experience with logical, quality products—all made in the USA. The Mountain Briefcase, their latest product, allows for a seamless transition from the wilderness to the city without switching bags.

Complete with stow-away straps, the Mountain Briefcase features a distinct three-way carrying system, built to suit any situation. Structurally, the carryall can be a two-handled briefcase, a backpack or an over-the-shoulder bag. A little bigger than a regular briefcase, the 12.9L bag comes complete with a padded laptop/tablet sleeve with velcro closure, a zippered pocket, an open-top pocket and pen slots. On the outside, there are two cinch straps and an extra notebook pocket, but what's most impressive is the ultimate usability of the bag. Without looking cumbersome or unappealing, the bag transforms from briefcase to backpack and looks at home on a hike or on a desk.

The Mountain Briefcase is available for purchase online—in six different colorways—for $149.

Images courtesy of Topo Designs

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