Illustration for article titled On a Backpack, Does a Vest Beat Straps?

A sturdy set of padded comfortable straps can make a world of difference when toting a heavy backpack. But o-range, an Italian bag maker, thinks it has come up with an even better solution—a wraparound vest that hugs your entire torso, instead of straps that just cling to your shoulders.

When it's available later this year, the Connector Vest will be targeted at snow sport enthusiasts who want to securely carry all their crap while whooshing down the slopes. Because the vest tightly hugs your torso, it has the added benefit of providing a bit of extra insulation too.


Although, that also means that wearing it in warm weather could be an extremely sweaty ordeal. So the Connector Vest will be sold as part of a backpack kit for around $260, and on its own for about $190. In cold conditions, it can be optionally used with any pack you choose. [o-range via Gizmag]

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