After having the SOVRN Republic Drifter for about a year, I was lucky enough to be one of the first to order the brand new, Heavy Duty version of the bag, and it is worth every penny! The bag has brought back some of the old features that made this bag unique but also got some major upgrades that users will love.
The first test for the new bag came in the form of a 6 mile round trip hike at Paulo Duro Canyon in Texas. Carrying an ENO Singlenest Hammock, Atlas Straps, my full collection of GoPro gear and mounts, a first aid kit, Lifestraw, and 128oz of water. Putting the bag on and adjusting the chest and waist straps allowed me to carry the bag, without even feeling like I was carrying a laptop, which was awesome in the almost 100 degree temperatures.
The chest and waist straps are new additions to the bag, and the waist straps have two handy small zippered pockets, great for cash or your ID. The bag also comes with a rain fly that can be quickly deployed, or you could leave it behind and use that pocket for more storage. I utilized the side straps to hold two GoPole mounts for my GoPro's, keeping them easily within reach while the bag was on my back still. The bag was also great at staying clean even with the red dirt that seems to get everywhere. While trying to take the above photo, the bag's bottom was covered in red dirt, which easily wiped off with the swipe of a hand!
If you would like to purchase a SOVRN Republic Drifter HD, please visit their website, and use code Wanderluster (Case-Sensitive) to save 20% on your next purchase.
More to come on our trip to Paulo Duro Canyon, and please contact us to suggest locations for us to visit.