Words: Mike Rogge
Oakley makes a ton of products. Optics is their main game but with the Echo Charlie 2.0, theyâ€™re giving the folks at backpack makers a run for their money. With three separate compartments, the pack fits my 15â€ť Macbook, iPad, iPhone, water bottle, board shorts, towel, book, Frisbee, point-and-shoot camera, shades, peanut butter and banana sandwich, headphones, and, well, you get the idea. The pack has a ton of room for more but doesnâ€™t look like a stuffed and bloated turkey, a major gripe I have with most backpacks. This is a win for overhead compartments, backseats, and space-conscious folks everywhere.
Take note that this is not meant for backcountry travel though Iâ€™d be surprised if I couldnâ€™t fit a shovel in it. This pack is also not some over-the-shoulder, messenger bike, hipster fantasy, man bag like my esteemed editor, John Stifter, wrote about a few weeks ago. Instagram called. They want their My Chemical Romance-inspired pack back.
This pack is for long weekends, long nights, and impossible odds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDM6v1XhWEg). And itâ€™s an excellent daily driver thatâ€™s durable and light. I might start wearing it in the shower.
Mine is Atomic Green because shout out to Vermont, yo. The sunglasses case fits a nice pair of frogskins. Their backpacks may never be their primary focus, but with the Echo Charlie 2.0 Oakley has made a kickass backpack that is so spacious, the only problem youâ€™ll have is filling it.