Astro’s newest set of merchandise are a bit outdoors of its standard lane. As a substitute of releasing a brand new gaming headset or controller, it has labored with respected bag and accent model Timbuk2 in the course of the pandemic to make a backpack and a sling bag with Astro’s identify printed on it.
Astro’s concentrate on gaming signifies that, unsurprisingly, every bag has been made to hold your gaming necessities. As such, they’re constructed with sections devoted to storing — and, crucially, defending — issues like headphones, controllers, and laptops.
The smaller sling bag, referred to as the CS03, prices $79.99 and appears tailored for Change homeowners on the lookout for safety and utility from a bag. Lifting the bag’s magnetically sealed entrance flap reveals a pocket to retailer keys or different small objects like a cellphone. The principle zipper reveals a bigger part with small sleeves that may carry as much as 14 Change sport cartridges. There’s sufficient room right here within the stretchy mesh sleeves for issues like cables and earbuds.
The Nintendo Change suits contained in the bag’s important pocket completely and goals to offer sufficient padding to guard your console from bending or struggling a deadly blow. The console part will match the Change or Change Lite (it’ll additionally be capable of match the marginally bigger Change OLED that may launch later this yr, Astro instructed The Verge). It’s additionally waterproof.
For avid gamers with much more gear to lug round, the BP35 backpack prices $199.99 and has 35 liters of whole storage quantity. Just like the CS03, it’s waterproof, and it’s filled with zippers and pockets. Unzipping its outermost layers reveals one in every of its highlights: a headphone holder. Headphones which have swiveling ear cups could be secured with a durable-feeling cloth hook that clasps onto a button. Inside the identical pocket, there are areas large enough to suit (and defend) a cellphone or a transportable battery pack, a controller, some cables, and different small objects like pens.
The BP35 is a large backpack, however it’s nonetheless not fairly large enough to simply match fashionable consoles (you virtually want a small suitcase to pack a PS5 or Xbox Collection X). However there’s greater than sufficient storage capability in its important compartment to suit one thing like an Xbox Collection S and some extra controllers. For those who aren’t a console gamer, it might carry as much as two 16-inch laptops. So, should you’re into PC gaming greater than console gaming, this is perhaps all of the house that you’ll want to pack the requirements.
Having seen and dealt with each baggage over the previous few days, I feel these might be good choices for avid gamers who don’t need to fuss with determining the best way to pack gaming equipment. The CS03 and BP35 are doing that for you, with sufficient padding to really feel like your investments are being protected.
Each baggage can be found now by means of Astro’s web site, in addition to on-line by means of Timbuk2. If you wish to see them in particular person, Timbuk2 is stocking them at its flagship shops across the US.