I always prefer a backpack that opens like a suitcase over those backpacks with only a ‘top loader’ option, or bags where the zipper only goes halfway. And as I’m always looking for good cabin approved backpacks that we can take on our weekend breaks, I was happy when the guys over at Arcido reached out to see if we wanted to review their latest bag: The Arcido Faroe.
Here are our thoughts on this backpack:
- ARCIDO FAROE BACKPACK REVIEW
- THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
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ARCIDO FAROE BACKPACK REVIEW
The Arcido Story
Arcido is pronounced “ar-KEE-doh” and this brand was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016 by Will Ford and Felix Kenchington. Arcido was part-funded by the “By Design” grant from Scottish Enterprise, awarded to SME’s (Small and Medium-sized enterprises) working with design innovation projects.
Will Ford started his first business in reselling electronics online from his partner’s boxroom in 2006 and has never looked back. Since 2011 he started developing travel products. Felix studied product design at the Edinburgh College of Art. It was there that he designed his first pack as one of his final year assessment projects. Their paths crossed while they were both working on luggage-related projects in Edinburgh, and they joined forces to tackle their own frustrations with the limitations of luggage currently on the market.
As strong believers in one-bag travel, Arcido is dedicated to help other intelligent travellers reach their destination with resilient, versatile and ergonomically designed carry-on luggage suited to their own travel style.
Fun Fact: Their first bag, “The Arcido”, was launched on Kickstarter and reached its funding within 5 hours!
THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
As with all the product reviews on The Travel Tester, we subjected the Arcido Faroe Backpack to our 5-senses test. Here is what we found:
1. What does it SOUND like?
As a follow up to their initial “Arcido Bag”, the “Arcido Faroe” was developed. The Original Arcido bag is made from waterproof canvas, fully padded and features a removable laptop harness as well as hideaway straps. It ships with an airport security-compliant washbag and documents holder. The Arcido Faroe is roughly the same size of the original bag, but it has less padding and is lighter in weight. The laptop compartment is adjustable, but not removable. They’ve used a grey Kodra fabric, which is really durable and lightweight.
Of course, I can’t fully compare the two bags as I only have the Faroe bag, but it sounds like the Faroe is a bit more simplistic, yet still very durable and lightweight.
When you zip the bag open, the sound of angels starts playing… *ahhhhhh* Well, ok, perhaps not, but because the bag zips open across the entire length of the pack, it’s so easy to get items in and out of the bag. This is the case for the main compartment, but also for the back compartment… Let’s have a closer look at that:
2. What does it LOOK like?
From the outside, this bag looks quite simplistic: there is a large main compartment on the front and the bag, a small pocket at the front and the back and two stash pockets at each side of the bag at the bottom. The straps are adjustable and the back of this backpack is ribbed with a thick padding.
The bag is grey in colour and there is a small Arcido logo in grey stitching at the bottom of the front of the bag. It looks very streamlined as it’s hardly padded, so it seems there is a LOT of space for things you actually want to carry on your trip.
The Large Inner Pocket on the front is massive, because you can open it all the way and lay it flat to fill. I always love it when bags have just one main pocket and nothing else inside and when opening it flat, you don’t have to load from the top and dig your way through all your stuff when trying to find anything.
The Back Pocket fits your laptop and also zips open entirely. There is a velcro slot for your laptop (which you can’t take out unfortunately) and a mesh pocket for things like cables or pens, etc.
3. What does it FEEL like?
The Arcido Faroe feels nice and light at just 900 grams. The size is 55 x 35 x 20 cm / 22″ x 9″ x 14″.
The fabric is, according to their website, a heather grey Blendex Kodra, which is an air treated nylon fabric often used in backpacks. It’s abrasion resistance and relatively lightweight compared to canvas materials.
The backplate of the pack is made from ‘EVA foam’, which you will probably know as the material of flip-flops or those colourful foam letter-puzzles they make for kids. It’s soft, without being sponge like and it’s sturdy and durable.
I personally don’t think that the bottom of this bag is padded enough. There is just a thin bit of fabric and I would have liked to see a bit more thickness as while travelling I put my bag on the ground so many times!
The straps are comfortably padded and even when I emptied an entire supermarket into it (I don’t travel by train to mainland Europe often, so I brought back all the liquid foods that I missed from home), it was -while mega-heavy- still fairly comfortable to carry. If you just pack clothing like normal people do on a weekend break (which Nick did the other day), you’re absolutely fine!
4. What does it SMELL like?
As soon as you see the bag, you can already smell it’s practicality: it has the perfect size to take on-board a plane as carry-on (in the overhead locker, it seems a bit too tall to keep it under the seat in front of you) and it fits the overhead storage place in trains as well.
This is a bag you use while commuting from your hotel to your train, or from the gate to the taxi, it doesn’t seem to be a bag that I would use to go explore a city with during the day, as it’s a little bit too big for that.
5. What does it TASTE like?
With 35L space, it should fit all clothing and items most people would take on a weekend break or short city trip, if you’re a reasonable light packer. Because the bag is curved in a way where it becomes smaller at the top, you probably want to load all your bulky items at the bottom to make it all fit.
For me personally, this bag is a bit too tall and rounded to be 100% comfortable for me to use. I always travel with packing cubes and in this bag they just don’t fit as well as they would do in a square backpack or suitcase. If Arcido ever decides to create matching packing cubes to fit their curved bag, I’d be all ears to try them!
The style of this bag is definitely one I like, it doesn’t come across bulky and I think the colour is great. It does look quite manly and I would love to see it in some other colours as well, but grey is something that suits everyone, for sure.
The only thing I would say it that for my taste, the front flap is a bit too thin and the backpack quickly loses its sleek shape when you start adding items to the pack that are not soft, such as shoes, etc. This makes the bag look a bit ‘sloppy’, especially at the top as you can see on the picture below, which I think is a shame for an otherwise very stylish bag.
After our 5-senses test, we’re ready to answer our final (and perhaps most important) question in our Arcido Faroe Backpack Review:
6. Does this product make us happy?
While I love the look and simplicity of this bag, it’s not a great shape and size for me personally. I prefer a less rounded and less tall backpack. Nick did enjoy using the backpack very much. He is a bit taller and perhaps (probably.. ok, definitely) doesn’t carry so many items as I do on a weekend break and he found the bag very comfortable for his body type. I think the design of this bag is focused on male travelers, so I just have to keep my fingers crossed that Arcido keeps on designing new bag types and develops one more suited for female travellers!
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What is it?
The Arcido Faroe Backpack
At the time of writing this article the original Arcido Bag is £149.00 GBP and this reviewed Faroe Bag is £120.00 GBP.
This bag is definitely not cheap, but the quality of this bag is really high and this price is very reasonable compared to similar types of backpacks.
If you live in the UK or USA, you’re in extra luck, because shipping is free to you and there are not customs fees. Anywhere else in the EU, shipping varies between £10 and £20 + fees depending on the country. Worldwide shipping is calculated at checkout.
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