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Ekster's Slick, Tech-Friendly Travel Backpack Is 20% off for Cyber Monday

The sweeping Cyber Monday sale includes Ekter's new backpack, sleek tech cases, accessories and travel gear.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's spent more than a decade covering all things edible, including meal kit services, food subscriptions, kitchen tools and cooking tips. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the food business, including as a line cook in Rhode Island where he once made a steak sandwich for Lamar Odom. Right now, he's likely somewhere stress-testing a blender or researching the best way to make bacon. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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The Grid is undeniably badass and it's down to $156 for Black Friday.

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Living in New York means sliding around in some pretty tight and crowded spaces, and a bulging backpack can turn you into a subway villain fast. Ekster makes slick and ergonomic tech gear and travel accessories, and its new Grid backpack is the perfect backpack for travel, adventure or general transporting of precious tech without inadvertently knocking into strangers whenever you turn or pivot.

I own this compact backpack, but it's admittedly on the pricey side. Right now, the Grid is down to an all-time low of $156 -- normally $195 -- for Cyber Monday. That's a heck of a good price for this quality bag with structure, smart design and all the right storage spots for essentials.

What's so great about it? The Grid flaps open completely so you can pack and organize with maximum efficiency, making it perfect for travel. It also easily fits under an airplane seat. There's a quick-stash, padded laptop compartment and another to protect a pair of fragile shades. It's made from recycled PET bottles and fully waterproof in case you get caught in a storm on your way to showing off your new backpack to friends. It's also slimmer than your standard backpack and honestly just looks cooler than most.

All that said, the Grid does sport a semi-hard shell to protect fragile gear but that also gives it extra weight. For some, that might disqualify the Grid as an everyday backpack and better suit it for weekend travel or a carry-on upgrade.

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You can pack the Grid as you would a suitcase to maximize the space inside.

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The Ekster Cyber Monday sale spans far beyond the backpack. You can nab the brand's excellent, spring-loaded card carriers, sleek wallets and power banks for as much as 50% off. Shop the full sale here.


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