Utter simplicity is the clue to the remarkable versatility and durability of the Traverse Backpack. The large main compartment can be lightly packed, the top cover straps adjusted right down, and the pack worn as a cycling pack. When the time comes to use it’s full capacity you won’t be limited by having to close up a zip. Under 24/7 use the Traverse handles weekends as well as student or commuter week days with ease. Access to books, files, lunch pack or clothing is immediate under the top cover. The top loading bag is more secure against pick-pockets than zipped types and ‘lazy’ users, leaving the top cover unfastened, will also appreciate the low risk of the contents spilling. When it starts to rain, with the top cover fastened in position you can have confidence that water is not creeping into the main compartment through an exposed zip.
The Traverse is a slim-line younger sibling to the larger capacity Contour. With the 2011 re-vamp Wilderness Equipment have added some extra features like canvas side pockets with replaceable shock cord rim adjustment and a new, segmented harness panel. The pack is shaped to follow both the vertical and lateral curves of the back and the segmented body contact panel allows this to happen freely.
The draw-corded rim of the main compartment is upswept so it pulls in over the load without straightening out the bag. The large top cover provides excellent weather-proofing whether the bag is fully packed or not. The straps securing the top cover also serve to trim the bag when it is not fully loaded. The bag is prevented from rounding out at the throat by a rigid, transverse ‘anti-roll’ bar at the shoulder harness attachment level. A closed-cell foam back pad is located in a zipped, internal pocket below this bar. This pocket is also a useful place to keep things like maps for other parts of the journey and other documents not requiring frequent access. A separate water bladder pouch hangs inside the main compartment with the drink tube port located between the shoulder harness. On the outside of the pack a large, simple back pocket with reversed, heavy-duty zip and effective cover flap deals with items needed between stops.
If you are looking for versatility in a daypack the TRAVERSE is the one to go for. By choosing WE you will automatically be assured of the highest durability. In fact, like all the canvas WE daypack models, if you take a little care, this pack will still be serving you in 15 or 20 years time.