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Did a Surf Company Just Perfect the Everyday Backpack?

February 19, 2019 Sports and Outdoors By

Since 1996, Vince Longo and the team at Futures Fins have relied on the mathematical principles of physics to innovate one specific product: surfboard fins. Futures reimagined the concept of what fins contribute to the overall feel of surfing through formulas that consider flex and shape and surface area; it also developed a new system of attaching fins to the board. Recently though, Futures Fins turned its mechanical thinking to another item: the everyday backpack.

Futures Fins’s pack is called the Passport, and it facilitates a life spent transitioning in and out of the water while maintaining the looks and function necessary to make it a reliable choice for a wide range of activities. The Passport is made of weatherproof ripstop waxed canvas and uses water-resistant zippers. Its layout includes a collapsible 10-liter compartment at its base that can house a damp wetsuit or a dirty pair of hiking boots in addition to its 20-liter main compartment.

There are a surprising amount of separate smaller pockets that make sense for daily life too — one for a laptop, one for a water bottle, two for small items and one that’s large enough for notebooks and magazines. On paper, all this sounds like the Passport has a lot going on, but in execution the bag is simple and if anything, understated. It’s a combination that makes the Passport uncommonly versatile, and while Futures Fins may have designed it with traveling surfers in mind, but it’s suitable for a much wider group than that.

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