Evoc FR Porter: Spine protection for the city…

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…or city style for the trail?

Style meets safety
Style meets safety

A pack with a feet planted in different worlds, Evoc’s FR Porter can be viewed from a couple of perspectives.  As advertised, it’s a commuter-oriented pack complete with a CE-certified back protector. From another angle, it can be seen as a trail pack with all of Evoc’s usual technical features – but in a colourway that won’t prompt spousal eye rolling.

Android tablets not welcome
Android tablets not welcome

We had a chance to play with a Porter at Interbike ages ago and it was a good looking pack with oodles of pockets, including one each for an iPad and 17in laptop. The yawning zip looked to provide easy access to the depths as well. A deployable helmet/pad strap can hold… well, ideally helmets or pads. Should the weather turn, a rain cover is also included (hooray for German backpacks!).

Lightweight protection for the spine
Lightweight protection for the spine

The included Evoc Liteshield back panel “combines maximum impact protection, super light weight, a very effective construction as well as superb flexibility.” Plus, it’s TÜV SÜD approved to the EU standards 89/686/EWG for personal safety gear, category 2 (PSA) – and they don’t mess about. It may be the rapidly passing years, but this sort of thing increasingly seems quite sensible – for both road and trail.

The FR Porter is available in two sizes for £170.



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