The North Face has just released this video of their Access Pack, their now-available backpack design with a novel feature: A spring-loaded lid.
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Whether or not it's a necessary feature, and whether folks will pony up the $235 asking price, is another matter. The steel frame that makes the contraption work means the bag already weighs in at four pounds unladen, but the company is betting that the nifty feature, along with the little pull-tabs that lift items out of their pockets far enough to grab, will prove attractive.
Details on the bag are surprisingly scant on North Face's website. For instance, does the closure seal the elements out, and if so, how? Watching the video, you can see that while the separate laptop compartment is clearly zippered, it seems the only closing mechanism for the main maw is that single snap buckle.
Speaking of that video, is it me or is whomever edited it a huge fan of Commando?