In between outdoor adventures, we all have work to do, and that means negotiating the urban landscape. Metro is a pack built of necessity: our pack designers wanted the right one for their active commuting. Whether that’s on the bike, walking or running to catch a bus or train, this pack goes along for the ride.
Metro is deceptively sleek without leaving out the features we all need for the commute. Borrowing ideas from EXPED’s mountain packs, it fits the body well and carries everyday urban gear efficiently. Metro’s roll-top closure allows it to extend a bit to accommodate extra clothing or groceries on the way home and a strap over the top secures the load with our quick-access Rapide Hook. Two expanding side pockets down low on each side hold water bottles, sunglass cases or a wet umbrella. On the outer side, a deep, zippered slot pocket holds a variety of items that need to be accessible. This includes a key clip on an extension strap, so keys are never lost. On one side, a zipper-accessed, fully padded laptop sleeve opens the length of the pack and will stow a 15” laptop. Four short daisy chains on the back of the pack are good places to attach a bike light.
The suspension system is anchored to EXPED’s thermo-formed foam panel, which protects the wearer from items being carried, helps to stabilize the load and dries rapidly. Ergonomically contoured shoulder straps, well-proven on our mountain packs, include a sternum strap with sliding anchors for a custom fit and excellent load control. An easily removable hip strap further stabilizes heavier loads when necessary. A haul loop is anchored to the top of the pack at the shoulder straps, making even heavy loads graspable.
Inside the fully-lined main compartment is a slot pocket to hold notebooks, paperwork or a hydration pack, which can be suspended from a velcro strap (hydration tube exits through the rolled top).
All of Metro’s fabrics are polyurethane coated, which makes the pack water resistant. For waterproofness in sustained rain, a snug fitting EXPED Rain Cover sheds the storm.