Last summer, OnePlus released the excellent Travel Backpack along with its OnePlus 5 monobrand smartphone, and in the fall the company looks set to do it again with the upcoming launch of the new OnePlus 6T and OnePlus Explorer backpack. I have just received the 18L explorer for the review, and it is an important starting point from the existing OnePlus exchange. Slicker, smaller and more elegant, the Explorer is evidently an effort to attract a more attentive audience to the images. I would say that OnePlus is also trying to increase the price range, but the company is not yet revealing prices, which makes the stock itself virtually impossible.
Still, here's what I know from a couple of days of use.
The explorer is all about his side access pockets. There's one in the front, where you can store reasonably large items such as a magazine, pencil case, phone and headphones. Then there is the laptop compartment on the back, which is also accessible sideways, and next to it is a small side pocket designed to hide the passport, wallet or even the phone. You can access the main compartment by lifting the tab and opening a zipper that exposes the top and one side in the form of an L. And then there is a vented pocket in the front, which is designed to fit an umbrella or a sweaty gym T-shirt.
I have an immediate problem with this bag, and it has to do with the Fidlock Snap closure keeping the top flap in place. It's magnetic, like the one on the Boundary Errant backpack, and it's just as frustrating. If you do not fill the bag of stuff, giving it a more swollen shape, it is almost impossible to get the snap closure to establish a correct contact on the first attempt. The only quality that redeems, I think, is that I do not have to open much of the main space with this bag, thanks to the large front pocket and the rear compartment of the laptop both directly accessible.
The Explorer backpack will be available in a nominal green color that looks mostly gray (pictured above, with an orange accent on the tongue on the front) or a basic black. Its exterior is made of water repellent Cordura and the zipper exposed to the elements also has a water resistant seal around it. We should know the full price and details of the release date at approximately the same time that OnePlus launches OnePlus 6T.