Ecogear Mohave Tui backpack

GearFlogger reviews the Ecogear Mohave Tui pack Eco-this, enviro-that, what's in a green-tinged name these days? If you're company's name is Ecogear, it means your products are toxin-free: no PVC, chlorine, dioxin, phthalates, heavy metals, or any other ozone-depleting chemicals. Ecogear also uses recycled post-consumer materials in their Recycled line of packs. We considered deducting a point for "made in China" but that felt a little hypocritical given that everything else is too so we'll let it slide.

Ecogear's Mohave Tui (it's a chubb; look it up) backpack is part of their minimalist Genus daypack series: lightweight, small, frameless, and non-technical, the Tui is targeted at people who want a simple pack no-waist-belt pack with a few organizer features: dual mesh side pockets big enough for 20oz bottles, MP3 pocket with cord port, small outside pocket with a water-resistant vertical zipper that will fit a lightweight shell, and a small externally-accessible organizer pocket with pen slots for the students. There's a mystery strap above the MP3 pocket, probably vestigial.

Even small packs like the Tui can get stuffed with a lot of gear, and the Tui helps you out with generously padded shoulder straps and back panel. A sternum strap is included, as it should be on every pack. The main compartment is large enough for a day's worth of gear, and the zippers open about 2/3 of the way down which is nice. We'd like to see a few minor changes: the two in-pocket key clips should be larger, the sunglass-sized pouch either padded or moved to a location less likely to get banged on the ground, and the MP3 pocket moved to a shoulder strap where you can get at the player without removing the pack. All things considered, Ecogear's Mohavi Tui is a stylish small crossover design that's softer on the environment than your average pack.

$39.99 (on sale from $69.99) at Ecogear




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