Lo & Sons Rowledge is a large variety of shoes and accessories perfect for the winter season.
Founder Helen Lo’s desire—which we at Pack Hacker and most gear fans share—to discover the perfect gear with the proper utility and the right aesthetic for her use case led to the creation of Lo & Sons.
Helen has not only been able to realize this wish with the support of her boys, but she has also been able to help others by designing adaptable bags, packs, and other goods that adapt to various carrying situations.
Rowledge exemplifies this purpose. Whether using it to commute, work remotely, or explore all your local region has to offer, this daypack is highly configurable to your tastes and endeavors.
There’s a comprehensive review waiting for you down below that covers our testing period. Good luck with your reading!
Aesthetics & Materials
According to our survey, only around 42% of our Instagram followers appeared to prefer Rowledge’s professional look. It has a more high-end, fashionable appearance that some may like, but it may not appeal to others who prefer a more casual or rough approach.
You may pick from various hues, including Black, Grey, Deep Navy, and Santa Fe (red), as well as the kind of hardware and inside color you want, depending on whatever colorway you choose. You may select Gold or Silver for the hardware and Lavender, Camel, Grey, and other colors for the inside so that you can personalize this bag from the inside out.
Except for a little Lo & Sons wordmark debossed in the leather on the front pocket and their emblem on the metal, zipper pulls surrounding the main compartment; this bag has minimal branding. Both are so subtle that they’re easy to overlook, contributing to the bag’s overall refinement.
We’ll be looking into the materials on this bag, as the title of this part suggests. The scratchy nylon shell of the Rowledge comes first. It’s “lightweight, fine-weave, water-resistant nylon,” according to Lo & Sons, but there’s no information regarding the denier or potential coating it’s treated with.
With this backpack in tow, we did experience some heavy rain at one point, but we’re pleased to report that everything inside stayed dry. The most significant advantage of this fabric that we’ve seen throughout testing is how well it resists fluff when compared to other textiles.
We spent most of our testing time in the company of two exceptionally fluffy cats. Even though we had to lint roll ourselves before leaving home, the bag has maintained its clean, professional appearance. We like how we can grab it on our way out the door without worrying about hair, dust, or other contaminants.
On the pack’s outside, you’ll also discover leather—specifically, Nappa leather—a more refined, cosmetic upgrade than anything else. It got some scratches during testing, but Lo & Sons have some suggestions for keeping it clean and ensuring that it lasts as long as possible, such as not exposing the leather to too much dampness. As a result, this isn’t the backpack to bring to the beach or carry your belongings in a wet area.
Some of the zippers on this pack are weatherproof, such as the ones on the water bottle compartments, while others aren’t. Throughout our testing, both types have performed well, and we like how they complement the hardware to provide the bag with a quality appearance and feel.
All the adjusters and snaps on the Rowledge are metal, adding to the bag’s overall high-quality feel. This hardware also helps customize the carry and organization of the pack, which we’ll go over in the following two parts of the review.
Components from Outside
You may use the metal clips on the ends of the shoulder straps to fasten them to the metal rings towards the bottom of the bag if you want to carry it like a pack. Overall, we’ve found that while taking this bag to its maximum capacity, the cushioning level is still comfortable (around 20L). They also include some webbing on the bottom that provides ventilation, but not as much as a more prominent mesh lining.
These straps tuck into a zippered sleeve against the back panel when not in use. The fact that this sleeve is also zipped at the top and bottom is a nice touch. If you’re carrying the bag as a carry-on, it may also serve as a baggage pass-through when the straps aren’t inside. This is just one example of the bag’s adaptability, which allows you to change it depending on your needs.
The Rowledge’s top handles are well-structured and attach with an easy-to-maneuver snap fastening. When you’re headed into a more severe atmosphere like a meeting, these handles enable you to carry this item as a brief. Of course, you may employ this means of transport when your back and shoulders desperately need a rest (since, even when empty, this bag is very hefty).
If a water bottle is a must-have in your daily routine, you’ll appreciate that this pack has not one but two water bottle pockets—one on each side. They close with water-resistant zippers that keep your bottle safe while protecting your clothes from being stuck or scuffed on the opening, which we think is a good touch.
When not in use, the pockets are elasticated at one end to let them accept your bottle and sit flat against the bag to maintain its clean appearance. Just keep in mind that, unlike the front pocket, the bottom of these pockets may begin to eat into the main compartment, limiting the amount of space you store.
The Inside of the Pack
One feature that may make or break a pack is its pockets, so let’s look at what the Rowledge offers in this area, beginning with the front quick-grab pocket.
The first thing to notice about this pocket is that it is nearly independent of the rest of the bag in capacity. That is to say; you can stuff it full of stuff without it taking up too much room in the other compartments.
Second, for your most often used things, this pocket has its arrangement. We’ve been storing a medium-sized notepad in a gigantic zipped pocket against the rear wall to keep it isolated and quick to grab when we need it. Then there are two smaller liner pockets in front of this pocket, with a pen sleeve in between, to keep writing utensils and personal care items separated.
There’s still plenty of room on the other side of this arrangement for your wallet, a charger, munchies, and other essentials. Plus, this pocket features a bright grey, the patterned lining that makes everything within incredibly visible. You’ll be able to locate what you’re searching for without having to aimlessly reach about with your hands.
Not to mention the extra-long key leash that’s included. Pulling your keys out and unlocking your vehicle or door is a piece of cake thanks to its location in this exterior pocket and its length. It’s connected to one of two clips in this compartment, so if you use one for the key leash, the other may be used to fasten other items.
If this isn’t enough, there’s another quick-grab pocket on the bag’s top. It’s fairly deep, and it’ll easily hold an iPhone 11 or smaller. We like how low-profile it is because pickpockets will have a difficult time seeing it. This pocket, like the water bottle pockets, takes up some space within the bag, which is something to keep in mind while packing it out.
Surprisingly, the main container is the next item on our to-do list for this portion. It opens horseshoe-style, and once inside, you’re greeted with the same bright lining we noted before in the front pocket, which allows you to see the contents easily. We’d also like to point you that this bag is already rather hefty (3 lbs, or 1.4 kg, depending on your location), so loading it with, well, things will make it much heavier.
We like how organized this section is, but we like it even more since it’s another component of the bag that we can customize to our requirements. A similar setup to the front pocket is on the other side, with two liner pockets and pens sleeves in between for simple separation of your pens, accessories, or electronic goods. On the opposite side of the room, there’s a much larger, longer sleeve that’s ideal for paperwork, folders, notebooks, and other flat goods you’re carrying.
You also have two internal water bottle compartments if you choose to keep your bottles within your bag. We’re not sure why you’d choose this since it’s usually unsafe to have water near your other gear, but if you have additional items to put in the exterior pockets, you may still use them to hold your bottle.
Another fantastic feature of this structure is that it is fully detachable. That’s right: you may either remove the whole organizing panel from the bag and fill the empty area with packing cubes, or you can let your belongings float free. This is particularly useful if you have a lot of more significant objects that won’t fit in the pockets stated above.
Remove the three snap fasteners that keep it in place on either side and pull it out, leaving you with one large bucket of space. You still have a zippered pocket built into either side of the compartment to use for any more miniature goods you may be carrying, even if the insert is removed.
Finally, a separate laptop compartment in the rear can handle a 13-inch laptop or smaller. During our testing, we kept a 13-inch MacBook Pro in a protective sleeve while in this compartment. This feature provides additional protection from unexpected drops and when the bag is jostled up, down, and around throughout our travel.