Gamer Accessory: The Ivar Backpack–A Backpack with Shelves

Carrying game supplies is a pain. Sometimes figuratively, often literally after a long convention. In my long years of gaming I observed everything from backpacks and duffel bags to rolling luggage . I just ran across another option and I thought I would share it. The Ivar Backpack. Ivar looks like a standard backpack externally, but it has a very clever internal shelving system to distribute the load. You can see the shelves in this cutaway image and they look ready to handle a evenings gaming worth of books and a laptop.

Ivar Backpack Cutaway View

Other backpacks have pockets to distribute the load, but they are not the right size for the large form-factor game books or miniature boxes. Pricing ranges from $60.00-$110 USD depending on the model.

Here are shots of the real packs (though there are several other models not pictured.)

If anyone among my readership has first-hand knowledge of these backpacks, I would love to hear about it. Gen Con 2010 approaches and my single-strap courier bag was a bit painful last year, so I seek an alternative.

For further information, check out the Ivar Backpack website. I suggest you download the Ivar 2010 PDF catalog, as it has upcoming models as well as current offerings.

Trask, The Last Tyromancer

Full Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post and receive no benefit from any sales of this item.



Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

One thought on “Gamer Accessory: The Ivar Backpack–A Backpack with Shelves

  • July 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Okay these backpacks are amazing. I just tried one out at a local store (they fill it with like 6 phone books or something) and it feels like it’s only holding one. It’s CRAZY. When you lift the bag with your hand, it feels so heavy, but once it’s on your back, it’s ridiculously light!! I am going to buy one online probably, because the store sold out so fast, they only had one color. I am currently using a Patagonia Lightwire, and it’s not even remotely comparable. We are talking a different species of backpack.

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