The last time I went shopping for an all-purpose backpack, I was overwhelmed at both the sheer number of options available to me and the high price tags attached to these bags. A gazillion zippers and snaps and straps were sewn into most of them, an exceedingly large number of pockets decorated the packs both inside and out. I also felt as if no matter which bag I chose, I'd be forced into making a fashion statement every time I wore it – the colors and design elements on the majority of the bags looked more at home in an adventure gear advertisement, not on my back.
Where was a sturdy, well designed, and simple bag for a guy like me? Where was the option for the family guy, who might be packing groceries, or kid gear, or a laptop in his bag, but who also loves getting out to the backcountry and doesn't want to spend an arm and a leg getting fitted out with a specialized climbing bag?
The answer, to my mind, is the Klettersack, by Colorado's Topo Designs. A klettersack is a ‘climbing bag', but a climbing bag in its simplest iteration: One big main cargo area to stuff your gear into, and a small zippered pocket to keep small or important items separated from the mass of gear in the main area.