The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Review

"Innovative. Fiddly."

Clean aesthetics.  Clean aesthetics.

The Speed Backpack is elegant, expandable, and features an innovative magnetic panel design for quick on-body access. Might be too innovative, tho.

  • definitely something sophisticated/elegant about it
  • magnetic fasteners slide out from the back panel of the bag for quick access to different pockets, compartments.
  • easy access to main inner compartment through one side of the bag
  • lots of g-hooks
  • gets pretty high anti-theft marks due to the panel design
  • some people are gonna love this bag
  • some people are going to be annoyed by this bag

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Clean aesthetics.

Clean aesthetics.

Those front G-hooks are a real pain to get in and out of. Luckily you don’t need to use them if you don’t want to (and there’s so many pockets on this bag you may not use the one on the front they’re clasping down).

Two leather side handles just above the water bottle compartments.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Huge back padding (that has a second use).

Huge back padding (that has a second use).

Back panel feels comfortable. Lots of padding. Lots of air to cool you.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Panels are magnetic and pull away for quick access.

Panels are magnetic and pull away for quick access.

Magnets feel real nice. This motion can feel a little fiddly, though.

Where it shines is in on-body access.

These panels also have an anti-theft quality because they hide the zippers for all your compartments.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Bottom flap quick access.

Bottom flap quick access.

Again, the magnets can easily be pulled off (but they’re firm enough not to be pulled off accidentally).

The access to this pocket is actually quite easy for the wearer. You’re flying blind, however, with no vision of what you’re opening/grabbing.

Make sure to flip it back up or you’ll be walking around with a butt-flap like a Gilman St. gutterpunk.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Right side on-body organization pocket.

Right side on-body organization pocket.

Lots of little dividers inside this pocket. Elastic. About the size of a med-large Canon camera battery. Great for cables? Zippo lighters? Blistex?

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Right side on-body laptop compartment + main compartment.

Right side on-body laptop compartment + main compartment.

Inner liner material is great. They definitely did a good job with the manufacturing. Feels like authentic quality.

Laptop pocket has some dividers for business papers, ipads.

Main compartment is probably about 16L size, 3 wool sweaters. (But it expands through the rolltop.)

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Left side on-body access: more organization.

Left side on-body access: more organization.

Just the one organization pocket on this side. Same elastic organizers inside.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Straps have an innovative passthrough feature.

Straps have an innovative passthrough feature.

In use this feature has been much more cumbersome than useful.

They use a very thin webbing to attach the shoulder strap to the bottom of the bag.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack Expandable.

Expandable.

This is a seriously feature-rich bag. Possibly too feature rich, but these folks get points for some exceptional bag design innovation.


Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Actually feels a lot better than it could.

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Lots of external access, but you've got to get used to the on-body magnetic panel removal (which is pretty easy, but possibly the kind of thing you'll get sick of in time).

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Lots of little org spots.

Capacity:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

I actually love the size of this thing, and the fact that it expands.

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

I don't like the strap's passthrough webbing. It's comfortable to carry, but cumbersome.

Extra Score:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Extra score for showing some crazy design and manufacturing chops. This thing is well made and totally innovative.