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2024.04.11

Expanding From 20L to 28L! Millet's Adjustable Backpack 'EXP 20+'

With one backpack, where and what should you choose to go anywhere 365 days a year? This year, being a leap year, has 366 days, and the 'EXP 20+' from Millet is equipped with outdoor knowledge in a business backpack and ideally allows for adjustments in size. It combines a simple exterior with thoughtful features that are sure to draw interest. Hisao Sakurai from the Product & Innovation Management team of Millet Mountain Group Japan Co., Ltd.'s Brand Management department taught us about this versatile product that is so highly versatile, you'll want to carry it to the office and the field alike.

From a Slim 20L Size Suitable for Front-carrying on the Train, to an Adjustable +8L Convenient for Business Trips or Vacations

EXP 20+ priced at 19,800 yen (tax included) comes in four colors: SAPHIR, CHARCORL HEATHER, BLACK-NOIR, COFFEE; with a capacity of 20L+8L (adjustable in two stages). Dimensions are W25 H46 D10-18cm, weighing in at 890g
EXP 20+ priced at 19,800 yen (tax included) comes in four colors: SAPHIR, CHARCORL HEATHER, BLACK-NOIR, COFFEE; with a capacity of 20L+8L (adjustable in two stages). Dimensions are W25 H46 D10-18cm, weighing in at 890g
This bag can hold a 16-inch laptop and A4 size documents without bending them which is a major requirement for a business-use backpack. It's designed to be slim, so it's convenient for front-carrying without causing trouble to others and offers comfortable carrying for the user during crowded public transportation commutes.
 
"For daily commuting, a 20L capacity is just the right size. Keeping the thickness minimal while ensuring capacity with height and width gives a neat impression, and allows you to comfortably carry it in crowded trains. We developed it to be stable both when carried on your back and when carried in the front.
 
"The main compartment opens up wide, and there's a slot room on the body side where a laptop can fit. This prevents the weight of the PC from pulling on the front of the backpack, and ensures stability along the body side. The PC slot room includes buffering material. Additionally, we've added a document pocket on the body side to hold A4 size documents without folding them and allows for quick access."
Designed with considerations for carrying by hand or combined use with a suitcase
Designed with considerations for carrying by hand or combined use with a suitcase
"In business use, there are many occasions where you carry the backpack by hand compared to outdoor use. Therefore, the top handle is a tube-type, sponge-filled structure to ensure it doesn't hurt your hand even if the bag is heavy. Furthermore, there's a vertical sleeve on the back for setting the backpack onto a suitcase, allowing you to place the backpack sideways."
 
Whether carrying it on your back, front, by hand with the top handle, or setting it on a suitcase, the design of the 'EXP 20+' is made to reduce physical burden in various situations. The product name '20+' signifies the ability to extend the bag's capacity from 20L to 28L.
A relatively inconspicuous zipper on the outer second layer makes capacity adjustment possible
A relatively inconspicuous zipper on the outer second layer makes capacity adjustment possible
By opening the zipper, the backpack's capacity increases from 20L to 28L
By opening the zipper, the backpack's capacity increases from 20L to 28L
"If you find yourself with unexpected extra items while out and about, or if you're on an overnight business trip or private travel, you can easily increase the volume of the backpack with a zipper. With an additional 8L, the total volume of 28L can accommodate enough items for an overnight stay, eliminating the need to prepare multiple backpacks according to your destination."
 
Unless you're camping, it's basically possible to go anywhere with the 'EXP 20+'. Not only is it easy to carry and doesn't tire you, thanks to the technology developed for mountain climbing backpacks by Millet, but it's also worth noting the details that are useful in business settings.

Consolidate Business Tools in a Detachable Organizer which can be Carried Independently for Convenience

A hanging-style organizer appears when you open the zipper on the front of the backpack
A hanging-style organizer appears when you open the zipper on the front of the backpack
All necessary items for business such as smartphones, wallets, pens, memos, card holders, various stationery, and more, are all consolidated in the front organizer. A major feature of the 'EXP 20+' is that it can be detached and carried around at any time.
 
"With the detachable organizer, you can access it by opening the zipper on the front side of the backpack, and it's easy to use in its set position. Moreover, you can take it off from the backpack with one-touch parts and bring it alone to meetings. Consolidating frequently used items in one place is a tip for packing outdoor equipment, but this can also be applied to streamline work in business scenarios."
With one-touch parts used in outdoor gear and wear, you can easily detach and set up a business tool organizer
With one-touch parts used in outdoor gear and wear, you can easily detach and set up a business tool organizer
Depending on the situation, store the most frequently accessed tools in a pocket that's easily reachable when front carrying
Depending on the situation, store the most frequently accessed tools in a pocket that's easily reachable when front carrying
The drink holder is usually stowed away and can be used by opening the zipper vertically to expand the mesh area
The drink holder is usually stowed away and can be used by opening the zipper vertically to expand the mesh area
When you want to appear sleek in business settings, you can simply store away your drink holder and only extend the mesh holder to accommodate bottles or the like when needed. This type of design, flexible both in business and personal contexts, speaks volumes about its versatility.
 
"Even at first glance, the 'EXP 20+' is highly functional and versatile piece of gear, capable of housing a foldable umbrella in the main compartment for use during sudden downpours, or storing it in the neatly packed away meshed section of the drink holder for carrying."
Comfortable chest belt can be removed for business scenes
Comfortable chest belt can be removed for business scenes
When using a backpack for things like hiking, using a chest belt makes things considerably easier and more comfortable. However, in a business setting, aesthetically it may be viewed as hindering. This design allows for the belt to be detached or attached, making it versatile for use during the week or over the weekend.
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