Story of Sutro
Named after the iconic communications tower atop Twin Peaks, the Sutro Backpack is our "civilian" alternative to the classic roll-top messenger backpack. As always, we started with our core design philosophy: Keep It Super Simple. We wanted the functionality of a roll-top — a "stove pipe" body that can be used wide-open for tall items (like mailing tubes and baguettes), or folded shut to keep out the elements. We settled on a single-fold flap with two buckles, and we eliminated noisy, garment-grabbing velcro. Our in-house photographer requested the full-length side zipper for easy access to his camera — and this became everybody's favorite feature — perfect for quick access to stuff that settles to the bottom of the bag, easy water bottle stowage without cluttering the sleek exterior with a bottle pocket, and a simple way to access the main compartment without unbuckling the top. The external zipper pocket provides separate storage and quick access for small items, like your wallet, keys and phone. We padded the shoulder straps and back panel for all-day comfort, and added a grab strap for hand-carry and hanging on a coat hook. Finally, we included a padded sleeve on the inside for your laptop computer. The minimalist design has made the Sutro Backpack a staff favorite, and the price-performance leader in our backpack line-up.