Bergans Switch briefcase/backpack & Viul Jacket

You may have a favorite bag.  You know the one that is good for work, travel, recreation.  Whether it is a briefcase or backpack it is the one that carries essentials including laptop, ipad, keys, pens, papers, snacks, etc.  The Bergans Switch is both a back pack and briefcase.  This is an incredibly versatile bag that will give you the flexibility you need for your everyday life.

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This bag has full backpack straps that tuck away easily.  When in briefcase mode it carries just like a briefcase with ease. And one of the shoulder straps (as seen above) can be adjusted to carry over one shoulder.  None of the zippers cover 3 sides, just 2.  This structural design makes each pocket easy to access.  In Backpack mode it is easy to pull out the straps with a couple of quick adjustments and swing it onto the back.  I discovered a great way to fasten this to my large suitcase while traveling.  Check this out:

 

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The capacity is really amazing.  I put my Ipad Pro, Dell Lattitude laptop, stacks of magazines and papers, and even a couple books.  When this is totally loaded it carries well and is equally balanced.  The 3 seperate compartments give just the right space for essential organization.  Each pockets is lined with bright orange fabric so you can see whatever you stow.  When you start looking for something small that you know you left in there it is really easy to spot.  Look inside:

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I traveled in Europe with this bag for 2 weeks.  The convenience of the Bergans Switch is awesome!   Just Switch from backpack to briefcase quick and easy.  For $129.00 US this is a high quality bag at a fair price.  For $99.00 US you can have the smaller version.  Here are the specs for both:

  • Fabric: 63 % Cotton/37 % Polyester, Nylon 840D Ballistic, or Leather, Nylon 840D Ballistic
  • Size: Standard – 11×16.5×6.3” (28x42x16 cm), Slim – 11×16.5×4” (28x42x10 cm)
  • Weight: Standard – 2lbs 0.5oz (920g), Standard Leather/Ballistic – 2lbs 3oz (1.00 kg)
  • Weight: Slim – 1lb 14oz (840g), Slim Leather/Ballistic – 2 lbs 0.5oz (920g)

Check out other great items available including the Viul Jacket.  This has an internal mesh vest made out of Merino Wool.  This liner makes this jacket one of a kind.  I really like the mesh liner because it creates an extra layer of warmth with great breath ability.  This is a jacket for serious outdoor endurance activities when the elements change rapidly.  The Bergans Viul has a baggier fit with vents below the ribcage.   The construction is impressive with high quality seams and unique structure.  This is a lightweight jacket that has some meat to it.  I used it touring, light snow or rain, and colder temps.  It is surprising how much warmth the thin lining provides.viul

Bergans is a Norwegian brand that develops and manufactures backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, canoes, hiking equipment and technical clothing.  www.bergans.com

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About The Author

Gelder Lewis has been snowboarding for more than 20 years. He heard Mark Allen speak once at a business conference and wanted to do a triathlon. He decided to get in shape for the winter months so he started doing triathlon. Now he is totally addicted and loves to swim, bike, run year round. Gelder enjoys testing, writing, talking and presenting information about all things gear and how it can enhance the endurance sport experience. Gelder is the host of the EnduranceReview roundtable events that are held at popular stores in the region monthly.