We were pretty stoked when we first saw Matador’s packable backpack, which lets you cram a well-appointed backpack in an erstwhile compact pouch. This time around, they impress us with an even bigger pack in the Matador Beast28, a full-on adventure pack that’s suitably-equipped for hikes and other outdoor activities.
When collapsed, the bag looks like nothing more than a light blanket crammed inside a compression pouch, allowing it to hang on a larger pack, squeeze into luggage, or stash in your car’s glove compartment. Once unpacked, though, it turns into an impressive-looking hiking pack that’s downright ready for adventure.
The Matador Beast28 has a main compartment with 28 liters of space, making it suitable for day hikes and overnight adventures. It’s made from PU-coated nylon for water-resistance, with Nifco hardware to ensure durable performance. Unlike the basic shoulder straps that come on most packable backpacks, this one boasts a pair of breathable wide-profile straps, a sternum strap, and a hip belt, complete with lumbar padding for comfortable use all day.
Aside from the main compartment, it comes with an external stash pocket, a lid pocket, dual side pockets, a hydration pouch, a bottom pocket for the compression pouch, two gear loops, and daisy-chain loops for extra pockets. Other features include compression straps to stabilize the load, a front access zipper for the main compartment, and Nifco anchors for external gear straps.
Available now, the Matador Beast28 is priced at $109.99.