Daily commuter? You need to try the BLACKKNIFE M-1 backpack

For any daily commuter, it’s essential to choose the right backpack. The BLACKKNIFE M-1 works as your mobile workstation, with a versatile design and a rugged shell providing a shield from the elements.

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Every morning, billions of people around the world jump into cars, hop on subway trains and cram into buses. This mass migration is known as the daily commute, and it comes with many challenges. Every commuter makes this journey under time pressure, while carrying everything they will need for a day at work.

It makes sense, then, to invest in a bag that is going to make things easier. The BLACKKNIFE M-1 has been specifically designed for daily commuters, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who journeys to work. This backpack shapeshifts to meet your needs and offers quick access to all your stuff.

How versatile can a backpack be?

Most backpacks conform to a fairly standard pattern of design: two shoulder straps, one large compartment that opens from the top, and a couple of smaller pockets. But BLACKKNIFE has torn up the rulebook with the M-1.

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The M-1 doubles as a pretty sweet briefcase

For instance, you can either sling the M-1 over your shoulder or carry it like a briefcase. When you arrive at your destination, the whole bag unwraps to lie flat. This unique design gives you easy access to all your kit.

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The M-1 is pretty tough

In addition, the M-1 has a rugged shell that is both weather- and scratch-resistant. There’s even a pair of USB charging ports on the outside, and a dedicated inside pocket for a battery bank.

Lie-flat design

While all of these features are undoubtedly attractive, the M-1’s lie-flat design is perhaps the most impressive part of this backpack.

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Easier access with the M-1’s lie-flat design

The folks at BLACKKNIFE have chosen not to fill this backpack with compartments. That said, you will find dedicated sleeves for your laptop and a tablet, along with a zippered pocket for cables. However, the main body of the backpack is left open for your notepads and suchlike.

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The M-1 looks pretty good, too

When you fully unzip the M-1, it unfurls like origami. When laid on a flat surface, the backpack provides unhindered access to all your stuff. It’s refreshing to be able to see the contents of your backpack, so that you aren’t forced to use the lucky-dip technique.

“We at Blackknife strive to streamline your workday and mobilize all your tools so you can focus on the more important matters at hand.…we designed this bag to be a universal tool to help you get closer to the things you’re most ambitious about.” — BLACKKNIFE on Kickstarter

Our highlights

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We think the M-1 is a graet backpack for daily commuters

The M-1 stands out for many reasons, but the lie-flat design is inspired. This backpack is also rugged enough to survive the daily commute, and very stylish, too.

Bear in mind…

The laptop sleeve inside the M-1 is designed for any device up to 15 inches. Too bad if you have a 17-inch monster!

Availability

– Kickstarter: Until April 18th

– Pledge: $256 USD

– Delivery: June 2019

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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