Astro groups up with Timbuk2 to make luggage for your entire gaming gear


Astro’s newest set of merchandise are a bit outdoors of its common lane. As an alternative of releasing a brand new gaming headset or controller, it has labored with respected bag and accent model Timbuk2 throughout the pandemic to make a backpack and a sling bag with Astro’s title printed on it.

Astro’s deal with gaming signifies that, unsurprisingly, every bag has been made to hold your gaming necessities. As such, they’re constructed with sections devoted to storing — and, crucially, defending — issues like headphones, controllers, and laptops.

The smaller sling bag, known as the CS03, prices $79.99 and appears tailored for Change house owners in search of safety and utility from a bag. Lifting the bag’s magnetically sealed entrance flap reveals a pocket to retailer keys or different small objects like a cellphone. The principle zipper reveals a bigger part with small sleeves that may carry as much as 14 Change recreation cartridges. There’s sufficient room right here within the stretchy mesh sleeves for issues like cables and earbuds.

The Nintendo Change suits contained in the bag’s major pocket completely and goals to supply sufficient padding to guard your console from bending or struggling a deadly blow. The console part will match the Change or Change Lite (it’s going to additionally be capable to match the marginally bigger Change OLED that can launch later this yr, Astro advised The Verge). It’s additionally water resistant.

Astro Timbuk2 CS03

The CS03 presents ample help to guard your Nintendo Change.
Picture: Astro

For players with much more gear to lug round, the BP35 backpack prices $199.99 and has 35 liters of whole storage quantity. Just like the CS03, it’s water resistant, and it’s filled with zippers and pockets. Unzipping its outermost layers reveals certainly one of its highlights: a headphone holder. Headphones which have swiveling ear cups could be secured with a durable-feeling cloth hook that clasps onto a button. Inside the similar pocket, there are areas large enough to suit (and defend) a cellphone or a conveyable battery pack, a controller, some cables, and different small objects like pens.

The BP35 is a large backpack, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not fairly large enough to simply match fashionable consoles (you virtually want a small suitcase to pack a PS5 or Xbox Collection X). However there’s greater than sufficient storage capability in its major compartment to suit one thing like an Xbox Collection S and some further controllers. In case you aren’t a console gamer, it might probably carry as much as two 16-inch laptops. So, in the event you’re into PC gaming greater than console gaming, this is perhaps all of the house that it is advisable to pack the requirements.

Astro Timbuk2 BP35

The outer-most zipper reveals a useful headphone hook, in addition to some pouches.
Picture: Astro

Having seen and dealt with each luggage over the previous few days, I feel these may very well be good choices for players who don’t wish to fuss with determining the way to pack gaming equipment. The CS03 and BP35 are doing that for you, with sufficient padding to really feel like your investments are being protected.

Each luggage can be found now by way of Astro’s website, in addition to on-line by way of Timbuk2. If you wish to see them in individual, Timbuk2 is stocking them at its flagship shops across the US.