REVIEWED: Lululemon Para backpack

It takes just 23 litres, but this backpack easily takes enough gear for short or well-planned longer trips

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Here at TravGear we go on a lot about the wash n’n wear way of traveling – and the quick-drying gear to go with it – but seldom do we see a backpack that we want to take on a trip. With a roomy design and plenty of pockets, the Para is such  a bag.

Travel-friendly

Measuring 928x200x490 mm/11”x 8”x 19”, the Para has plenty of travel-friendly features. The well-padded but otherwise uncomplicated backpack straps are attached to the sides of a wingback design that sees two spacious areas created on each side – perfect for a water bottle and an umbrella.

Soft pocket

A soft-lined sunglasses/phone pocket just inside the main compartment is handy, too, while the two pockets on the back of the pack – ostensibly for a laptop and tablet – are just as useful for a couple of shirts and accessories.

Waterproof section

A few loosely designed pockets for other bits ‘n’ pieces are useful, but it’s on the bottom of the pack that the Para plays its ace-card. A three-sided zipper reveals a waterproof section that’s really useful for travelling with wet clothes, a coat, or a pair of shoes. Genius! More so is a huge, billowing pocket on the front that’s easily able to take a pair of shoes or a coat. Given that shoes and a warm layer and the two things that persuade most travellers not to bother attempting to travel light, this is good news.

Two-in-one

There are some other great details, too, from the reflective areas on the front to water-repellent fabric that’s used throughout the exterior. Creating two bags in one is ingenious, but it’s the other travel-friendly features that make this roomy, comfortable design worth considering for short trips.

Price as reviewed: £138

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