Henty Wingman Backpack
Oil on your suit trousers, shifter marks on your shoes and a tie flapping around in the wind can finally be a thing of the past as there is now a viable solution for transporting a monkey suit that wont send you bananas.
As people who have experienced the corporate commute, we understand as good as anyone the notion of juggling a strong office look with practical riding gear. Having meetings, the gym and afterwork plans all in the same day can seem impossible, and short of attaching a wardrobe to your motorcycle, or worse, a luggage rack, sometimes it can be.
The bag itself is simple, yet so sophisticated and level of thought that has gone into it can only have come from someone who fully understands the rider vs corporate world predicament.
Now, it’s probably worth us pointing out that the target market for this product is actually cyclists, hence the icon of a bicycle on the patch. However don’t let that little image deter you as style-wise, this thing holds it own.
Taking a traditional barrel bag and literally flipping it on it’s end, it’s iconic shape will have the corporate heads turning and the hipsters drooling because quite frankly, it’s just not that mainstream. It’s this cylindrical structure that allows the backpack to perform it’s unique functionality.
The outer section of the main bag has a large zip section, big enough to fit documents, note pads or to have easy access to your keys / wallet. The material is like a nylon, seems really rugged and feels like it could take the beating of the day-to-day hustle.
Beside the zip is a thin reflective strip that runs the length of the bag, a nice touch for the darker winter months.
Popping open the two clip allows you to roll the bag open, revealing an internal gym / utility bag and a separate suit bag. The utility bag is held in place by two smaller clips of it’s own to insure it’s secure and doesn’t slide out of the bottom when riding.
Removing the internal bag reveals a suit bag, a completely normal suit bag but with no fold and no creases. It even comes with a hang little fold out clothes hanger so you can hang it up when you get to the office.
It’s easily big enough to squeeze in two suits (or dresses, if that’s what you’re into), despite the website saying that it only fits one.
The utility bag is no slouch either. We regularly ride in with gym gear, dress shoes, a shower bag and a whole range of other man-grooming goodies inside. One tip that’s worth a mention is that due to the way in with the utility bag is held within the outer suit bag, as long as you can zip it up over half way, nothing can fall out once it’s all rolled up and on your back – meaning you can really cram this bad boy with all your daily needs.
Under the shoulder straps is a separate zipped compartment, big enough to fit a 15″ MacBook pro, a notepad and an external hard-drive if needed. Keeping it against your bag means it’s kept safe from the elements, general crims and protected if you come off your steel horse.
Outside of the suit bag, this is an accurate example of what this baby can carry at any one time.
There’re two extra clips on the outside, one across the chest and one around the waist if you have packed it full and want to help take the weight off your lower back. Depending on your riding position, these can be a godsend when you’re stuck in traffic or on a longer ride.
Overall, this bag gets two thumbs up. It looks good, it’s functionality leaves nothing to be desired and it solves a genuine problem for two-wheeled commuters.
At $239, it competes in the price arena of a decent suit bag and backpack, but how the hell do you plan to carry both of them?
Find out more on the Henty website.
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