Slicks have just launched the Travel System modular backpack on Kickstarter, where in just a couple of hours it has raised nearly £20,000 (27,574 Swiss Francs). We tested the original Suit25 bag some time ago, a suitcase designed for lugging your suit to the office. This new bag takes that concept a stage further.
The Slicks Travel System is a modular backpack that is aimed at making it easy to be organised when cycling to work and meetings.
But more than that, it's intended to be multifunctional, and replace the many different bags you might need for different activities such as going to the gym, hiking and even to replace a carry-on roller bag for flying. One bag to do meet every demand, then.
The bag is modular. You can buy just the backpack, if that’s all you need. Ever thought about how to transport a suit to work on a bike and not arrive with it totally creased? You can add the Suitcover which adds a removable case that is intended to keep your suit crease-free.
For longer trips away from home, you can add the Tripcover Mobile Wardrobe. As the name implies, it’s a double-sided mobile wardrobe that will keep your clothes and toiletries organised with compartments for wash bags and socks.
If they both sound useful to your needs, you can buy the Slicks Biz which provides the full package, the Backpack plus the Tripcover and Suitcover.
The Backpack is constructed from a water-resistant 600D PU-coated Nylon material. The pack comes with a lightweight rain cover which packs away in a small side pocket. There are generous reflective details on the backpack and the rain cover, and the main central zipper is reflective. There are pockets that can be accessed from the side and a laptop compartment inside.
The shoulder straps are adjustable and can be stowed away when not needed, and there’s a carry handle on the side of the bag. A chest strap and hipbelt are both adjustable. The back panel is padded with channels to allow airflow to avoid a sweaty back when cycling.
“There’s a reason we call it Slicks”, says the company. “We wanted to eliminate all of the hanging bits and bobs (aka “slop” in the baggage industry) and bulky pockets associated with backpacks. The result is a sleek, modern-yet-timeless shape.
Inside are lots of pockets, with mesh used to provide quick access and tie-down straps to top items rattling around.
The Slicks Pack (backpack only) is expected to retail for £160, while the Slicks Biz (backpack, tripcover and suit cover) will set you back £258. If you’re quick in supporting the Kickstarter campaign there are some appealing early bird discounts to be had.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.