Matador Beast 28 Packable Technical Backpack, Reviewed

Matador Beast 28 Packable Technical Backpack, Reviewed

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For all you ultralight adventurous and travel enthusiasts, we managed to get our hands on the all new Matador Beast28 Packable Backpack, courtesy of the folks from Matador.

Matador has become well known among the community for their innate ability to compact amazing things like the Droplet Wet Bag, The Pocket Blanket, and The Transit30 Duffel. In their world, smaller is better, and they do it well. The Beast28 Packable Backpack is no different, and given Matador's line of success, this release comes with much anticipation.

But does it live up to the hype?

In the looks department, we think the Beast28 is hard to beat. Most packable bags out there tend to look flimsy and have very basic structuring. The Beast28 looks as handsome as it sounds, and we think it looks even better than some full fledged backpacks in the market.

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The backpack's exterior is made from water resistant coated rip-stop nylon, striking the perfect balance between structure and packability. The backing and straps have inserted rubber mesh for ventilation, and there are waist and sternum straps for support on slightly longer trips.

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The interior is surprisingly spacious. It even fits a 13" Macbook if you must work out there in adventure! Though padding is kept at a minimal for packability and weight. There are also nylon velcro straps, which we thought would be very useful for hanging an extra pair of laces, or your earphones?

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The backpack's mouth fully opens, which allows easy unpacking and access to your daily essentials.

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The front of the backpack has an open pocket, as well as open side pockets for extra gear, snacks, water bottles or a water bladder, and includes hose routing features.

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And of course an easy access pocket at the top of the backpack, perfect for your wallet, keys, and phone.

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Lastly, the bottom of the bag features a compartment to hold the storage bag. It's a nice feature, though we thought since you're likely using the Beast28 as a daypack out from your basecamp, it might be even better used to store used clothing, socks, or maybe even a pair of flip flops if your feet are small enough!

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All in all, we're very impressed with the Beast 28 - so much so that we're thinking of joining the hunt ourselves! At the time of writing, we've got less than 30 units left up for grabs at the hunt price, so go ahead and beat us to it ;)

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Other products featured in the image above: Hydrapak Stash Collapsible Bottles and the Qliplet - both of which we think pair perfectly with the Beast!

Have a great weekend!
xx Team Grouphunt