Astro’s newest set of merchandise are a bit exterior of its typical 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 title printed on it.
Astro’s deal with 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 Swap homeowners in search of 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 Swap recreation cartridges. There’s sufficient room right here within the stretchy mesh sleeves for issues like cables and earbuds.
The Nintendo Swap suits contained in the bag’s essential pocket completely and goals to supply sufficient padding to guard your console from bending or struggling a deadly blow. The console part will match the Swap or Swap Lite (it is going to additionally have the ability to match the marginally bigger Swap OLED that may launch later this 12 months, Astro informed The Verge). It’s additionally water resistant.
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 water resistant, and it’s full of zippers and pockets. Unzipping its outermost layers reveals one among its highlights: a headphone holder. Headphones which have swiveling ear cups may be secured with a durable-feeling material hook that clasps onto a button. Inside the identical pocket, there are areas sufficiently big to suit (and shield) a cellphone or a conveyable battery pack, a controller, some cables, and different small objects like pens.
The BP35 is a large backpack, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not fairly sufficiently big 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 essential compartment to suit one thing like an Xbox Collection S and some extra controllers. In the event you aren’t a console gamer, it might carry as much as two 16-inch laptops. So, in case you’re into PC gaming greater than console gaming, this may be all of the area that you should pack the requirements.
Having seen and dealt with each luggage over the previous few days, I believe these may very well be good choices for avid gamers who don’t wish to fuss with determining how one can 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 luggage can be found now by means of Astro’s website, in addition to on-line by means of Timbuk2. If you wish to see them in individual, Timbuk2 is stocking them at its flagship shops across the US.