Mammut Seon Transporter for weekend trips

Known for their rugged climbing and adventuring gear, Mammut has delivered what I think may be the best commuter pack or carry-on travel backpack out there. The Seon Transporter could even work as your only pack for a short weekend away, but I’ve been using mine as a work station and entertainment station for air travel (my ‘personal item’ for carry-on flights).

You get two main compartments in the Seon. The ‘work’ side opens up to hold all your essentials, including your laptop, tablet, and any paper or folders you have with you. I use this side to stash my ear buds and my electronic USB cords and outlets as well, plus my wallet and passport.

The ‘climb’ side (true to Mammut’s roots) works as my ‘clothing and personal items’ side, with a box design that opens fully with integrated mesh zippered sections to fit either clothing for a few days or at very least, a layer or two for the plane, your toiletries or 3-1-1 bag, and any other personal items.  This is where I stash my light jacket, my scarf, my eye mask, and my toiletry bag.

The pack is sleek and stylish, and looks bigger than its 26 liter size. I wish it had an included rain cover, but any day pack-sized cover will fit, and the external zippered compartment is weatherproof, at least. The work compartment is water-repellent, and I like that you can access your laptop from the outside, so there’s no need to open up the entire bag. You get two sturdy handles in addition to the backpack straps, too. The entire pack fits far more than you’d imagine, thanks to the organization it features, and even when pretty full, it’s not bursting at the seams…it maintains its sleek design elements.

Pick from three colors: Jay (a lovely blue), Olive, or Black, for $179 on the Mammut site. This bag is built to last!

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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