An Ode to My Spire

Spire Explore

I have an attachment to my backpack that borders on emotional. I cannot say that about most of the material things I have owned in my lifetime.

My Spire Explore backpack (shown above) has been my constant travel companion for over 12 years: I’ve taken it to Australia, Mexico, Canada, India, Germany, and all over the United States. It has safely and comfortably housed 4 laptops since I’ve owned it: a Wallstreet edition Powerbook (1998), a Pismo Powerbook (2001), the 2006 Macbook Pro and (currently), an early 2008 Macbook Pro.

Why do I love my Spire backpack?

  1. It’s incredibly durable and made out of quality fabric.
  2. It protects my laptop with excellent cushioning surrounding the front, back and (where it counts the most), the bottom
  3. It has several pouches and compartments to store your power adaptors and other gear.
  4. It’s comfortable to wear, particularly on long journeys. The back of the laptop is contoured to your back and made of a breathable fiber that wicks sweat off, making it great for hiking.

SpireUSA, founded in Boulder Colorado, makes awesome laptop bags. They’re a little more expensive than your typical laptop bags (I paid $125 for mine in 1998) – but the cost is totally worth it. Oh, and each of their products comes with a lifetime warranty. The model I own, the Spire Explore, has long since been discontinued, but I’ll keep mine for the rest of my life.


Update: The Torg, Spire’s latest backpack offering, is also winning accolades.

These beautiful and intelligent people wrote

  • Dave Aronson
    November 14, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Er, that’s Torq, not Torg. They seem to have named it after a physical force, not Nerd-Boy from Sluggy Freelance. :-)