Hercules Backpack: Truly Wonderful
A truly wonderful backpack is gold in a society where electronics travel with you everywhere and comfort may be hard to find when traveling. Enter the Hercules backpack with a design that allows you to go through airport security without taking devices out of the pack, with a large capacity and an elegant design that lies lightly on the shoulders.
The Hercules backpack really does save considerable time and trouble at airport security, and away from the TSA concerns, it is a very well balanced, thickly padded bag that allows you to neatly organize your electronics and cords from laptop to iPad and battery charger.
It is made by ecbc, a newish company that has designed a TSA-friendly system that unzips neatly to expose devices, with no need to take them out, put them in bins or repack them. It has ample compartments for a portable office, and the company’s Portable Power Pack, at an additional $42.99, charges devices as you go. However, for the next month, the Power Pack will be free with the purchase of a Hercules, Lance, Javelin backpack or Trident Messenger Bag.
The pack has excellent zippers, and the fleece-lined pocket can accommodate up to 17-inch laptops; there’s a removable module so smaller laptops can be fitted snugly into their pocket. In addition there’s a padded iPad/Tablet pocket, a phone pocket and a ticket pocket for quick access to documents. Zippered receptacles on the side are designed for water bottles, and there are interior pockets just right for passport, pens, etc.
I took mine on three successive trips: one to the heat of the Caribbean, one to Miami’s humidity and one to Northern Europe’s chilly spring rain. In the tropics I appreciated the moisture wicking air mesh on the back panel; despite the thickness of the pack, I was cool after a hike. The adjustable, padded shoulder straps keep the pack comfortable even when fully loaded, and a padded top handle allowed me to set it on my wheeled suitcase. There’s a sternum strap to keep it balanced where it should be on longer hikes, and a lanyard to keep keys handy.
The manufacturers claim that the pack, which comes in five colors, is nearly indestructible with its Kodra nylon composition. I can’t attest to that yet, but my natural linen color pack, having gone through six airline flights with me, under the seat in front of mine, looks as new and fresh as when I first picked it up, which is remarkable. The stitching held perfectly with a considerable load of electronics, clothing and books, and I went through some heavy showers with all the contents staying perfectly dry.
At $139.99, the backpack is pricey, but for your back’s health and the time you save in security, it’s well worth it.