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Minimalism made modern.

20 liters / 1200 cu. in.

TLDR

The Paragon 2.0 is the second iteration of the Paragon, a modern take on Tom's minimalist bag from years past, the Simplex.

  • #8 Aquaguard® zippers (rain flaps removed from the original design and pull-tabs for easier zipping added)
  • New zipper pulls with soft and solid design
  • Interior pocket with dual zippers for easy access no matter how you access it (increased in volume and a second zipper added from the original design)
  • Padded back with a built-in, open-topped padded laptop pocket (spacer mesh added from original design for better breathability)

Full Description

Design Story

The Paragon 2.0 is the second iteration of the updated version of a backpack design made by Tom back in the 1970s, the Simplex. Classic rectilinear shape with radius corners, horizontal zippered front pocket, Aquaguard® zippers, 3D top pocket on the inside, and not a whole lot else going on, which is what some folks love about this design. Folks who love our Daylight Backpack but want some laptop protection, a padded mesh back, and replete-with-comfort shoulder straps will appreciate this pack.

Horizontal Zippered Front Pocket

The horizontal zippered front pocket is spacious enough to store your cellphone, wallet, and/or a small tablet. There's also a Key Strap attached to an O-ring inside this pocket, which is perfect for attaching an organizational pouch like the Clear Organizer Pouch, Double Organizer Pouch, or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch.

Main Compartment With Built-In Laptop Pocket + Interior Zippered Pocket

Inside the main compartment are 2 O-rings and a minimalist built-in padded laptop compartment. It's a straightforward pouch of the same foam laminate that we use to make our Caches. It's able to fit laptop models like the 16" Macbook Pro and the Dell XPS 17" (see laptop fit guide for more details). Even if you decide not to carry your laptop, the compartment provides additional padding for your back. There's also an interior zippered pocket with some depth in the main compartment that can be accessed from the top or, when the front of the pack is folded over, the underside.

Edgeless Shoulder Straps

Conformity is overrated — except, perhaps, when it comes to shoulder straps. The edgelessness of this new strap allows it to more softly conform to your shoulder — we (and most people who have worn these straps) find that this increases comfort. Yet the straps aren't too soft: the 1/2" thick EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® certified foam means the strap is robust enough to carry a heavy load. We have also included integrated strap-keepers so you can manager those straps.

What's Included

Included Removable Sternum Strap + Waist Strap

As with all of our major backpacks, we include adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps: if you don't like or don't use your waist or sternum strap, remove them!

Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

New Zipper Pulls

Our new zipper pulls are soft and sturdy and meant to be wrapped through both holes in the zipper pull in order to keep them where they're meant to be.

What's Optional

Vertical Packing Cubelet

You can attach a Vertical Packing Cubelet to the pair of o-rings above the open-top laptop pocket.

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is the perfect 2-in-1 packing cube. It's big enough to store rolled up shirts and if you want something a bit smaller when you get to where you're going, attach a shoulder strap and you've got a small everyday bag.

The Paragon 2.0 is the second iteration of the updated version of a backpack design made by Tom back in the 1970s, the Simplex. Classic rectilinear shape with radius corners, horizontal zippered front pocket, Aquaguard® zippers, 3D top pocket on the inside, and not a whole lot else going on, which is what some folks love about this design. Folks who love our Daylight Backpack but want some laptop protection, a padded mesh back, and replete-with-comfort shoulder straps will appreciate this pack.

The horizontal zippered front pocket is spacious enough to store your cellphone, wallet, and/or a small tablet. There's also a Key Strap attached to an O-ring inside this pocket, which is perfect for attaching an organizational pouch like the Clear Organizer Pouch, Double Organizer Pouch, or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch.

Inside the main compartment are 2 O-rings and a minimalist built-in padded laptop compartment. It's a straightforward pouch of the same foam laminate that we use to make our Caches. It's able to fit laptop models like the 16" Macbook Pro and the Dell XPS 17" (see laptop fit guide for more details). Even if you decide not to carry your laptop, the compartment provides additional padding for your back. There's also an interior zippered pocket with some depth in the main compartment that can be accessed from the top or, when the front of the pack is folded over, the underside.

Conformity is overrated — except, perhaps, when it comes to shoulder straps. The edgelessness of this new strap allows it to more softly conform to your shoulder — we (and most people who have worn these straps) find that this increases comfort. Yet the straps aren't too soft: the 1/2" thick EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® certified foam means the strap is robust enough to carry a heavy load. We have also included integrated strap-keepers so you can manager those straps.

Included Removable Sternum Strap + Waist Strap

As with all of our major backpacks, we include adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps: if you don't like or don't use your waist or sternum strap, remove them!

Key Strap

As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

New Zipper Pulls

Our new zipper pulls are soft and sturdy and meant to be wrapped through both holes in the zipper pull in order to keep them where they're meant to be.

Vertical Packing Cubelet

You can attach a Vertical Packing Cubelet to the pair of o-rings above the open-top laptop pocket.

Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is the perfect 2-in-1 packing cube. It's big enough to store rolled up shirts and if you want something a bit smaller when you get to where you're going, attach a shoulder strap and you've got a small everyday bag.

Materials

Zippers

2x #8 YKK Aquaguard® coil zipper with metal sliders (exterior zippers)
1x #5 YKK coil zipper with plastic slider (interior zipper)
1x #3 YKK coil zipper with plastic slider (interior zipper)

Back

Closed-cell foam

Straps

Edgeless EV50 1/2” / 12mm shoulder straps (EVAZOTE® OEKO-TEX® foam)

Laptop Compartment

.25" / 6 mm thick foam padding laminated between black, heavy-duty polyester knit and brushed tricot

Components

Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

13.4" (w) x 17.9" (h) x 6.8" (d) / 340 (w) x 455 (h) x 175 (d) mm

Weight

1 lb 7.3 oz / 660 grams

Volume

 20 liters / 1200 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Laptop Compartment

14.09" x 9.68" x 0.64" / 357.9mm x 245.9mm x 16.2 mm

Total O-Rings

7 (4 in the main compartment, 2 in the interior pocket, 1 in the front pocket)

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 14 reviews
93%would recommend this product
14 reviews
  • Jason
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA
    2 weeks ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Classic and Clean

    I didn't expect to love this bag as much as I do. It's simple, clean, lines make it visually appealing. The orange color is so, so nice in person. The zippers are smooth, even with the water resistant coating. I love that the interior stash pocket can be zipped/unzipped from the top or the bottom. Edgeless shoulder straps are really comfortable. Just an all around classic looking daypack.

  • Erin R.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Compact
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Compact
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love it!

    I’ve used my Paragon a couple times now for incognito traveling on short trips and it is awesome. It’s just a big rectangle so you can Tetris all your cubes/stuff however you want. And because of that it fits more than you’d expect. I like the addition of the second zipper to the interior pocket, just makes it that much more functional. I also love the built in strap keepers! There are other bags like this out there, but not quite the quality of materials and the comfort with the edgeless straps that the Paragon has. Thanks Tom Bihn!

  • Nick F.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Good Storage Size
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Form and function

    Loving this bag so far. The design is so clever - it looks sleek and minimal on the outside, and the narrow width keeps the weight close to your back for comfort. But my favorite part is the inner top compartment. You can put something substantial in it which will be suspended above the items in the floor of the main compartment, which arranges everything nicely in a "flat packed" way. Then when you put the bag on the floor, you can open the main compartment and fold down the top section, and the substantial thing you put in there acts as a ballast, keeping the bag standing on its own and easily packed. And then you notice there's an extra zipper to gain access to that compartment even when folded down! It's utterly ingenious.

  • Santiago L.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, High Quality Finishings, Durable
    1 week ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, High Quality Finishings, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great minimalist bag

    16 inch MacBook pro fits in the interior sleeve perfectly, cables/chargers in the inside zipped pocket. Enough room for a light jacket/fleece also. Very comfortable bag to carry.

  • Ryan C.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Finishings, Compact, Comfortable
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Finishings, Compact, Comfortable
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Good-looking, comfortable briefcase substitute that could use better pocketing

    It took me a little while to adjust to the Paragon 2.0, which fills the every day commute niche previously occupied by a Smart Alec or a Cadet depending on whether I wanted a backpack or a briefcase.

    Pros:

    * The bag looks super simple and clean.

    * The shoulder straps are phenomenally comfortable, and I really appreciate little touches like the strap keepers at the bottom.

    * The laptop compartment is a major improvement over using a Cache for a commuting use-case. It's so much easier to get my laptop out of the bag, but I still feel like it's well-protected. For air travel I might still prefer a cache.

    Cons:

    * The pocketing leaves a lot to be desired. Neither pocket is designed well, and I find the choice to use single rather than double zippers to be annoying since it takes away the option to open from my preferred side.

    ** The exterior pocket is too flat and too deep. Despite its large surface area, it can't hold large items, and the opening is narrow enough that getting my Side Effect in and out is a bit annoying. The depth makes it hard to use as stash space for small, frequently used items, because everything just kind of bangs around in there and doesn't stay in place. This would be better if replaced by an organizer panel, as on the Cadet.

    ** The interior top pocket is similarly hard to use well. It's too small for my Side Effect, but too big to serve as a small-item pocket. The divided top pocket on the Smart Alec is much more useful.

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