Bellroy has once again partnered with cycling brand MAAP for a special edition of its Shift Backpack complete with reflectors and weather resistance to get you where you need to be safely and in style. The two brands first collaborated in 2016 with the Bellroy x MAAP Phone Pocket now ‘shifting’ from pockets to backs.
The MAAP edition of the Shift Backpack has taken Bellroy’s original and added a contoured and breathable mesh back panel, glove-friendly zipper pulls and pocket tabs, a reflective strip and light loop for visibility. Bellroy says Shift is comfortable even when fully loaded, and has a look that lets the cycling commuter jump from the bike into the office chair, without looking like they’ve come from the velodrome.
“MAAP brings fresh ideas and perspectives to our design process, making them an amazing partner,” says Jimmy Gleeson, Bellroy Creative Director. “They added their creative spirit and deep understanding of cycling to our existing level of form and function, and the result is a backpack for cyclists that we’re all really proud of.”
Bellroy’s original Shift backpack was released in August 2018, and its custom fastening system, generous and variable capacity, weather-resistant laptop format and smart pocketing made it a favourite among commuters. Overall, Shift was the right candidate to be supercharged into something more cycling-specific.
The Bellroy x MAAP Shift Backpack is available in an Ink Blue colourway with padded storage for laptops up to 15 inches in size. There are multiple closure levels for expanded storage, a quick access valuables pocket and a unique slide hook for easy yet secure closure. Shift is made from water-resistant Venture-weave polyester and leather accents, YKK zips and durable metal hardware. It’s backed by a 3-year warranty.
The Bellroy x MAAP Shift Backpack is available now online and is priced at $299 AUD.