An Honest Review: The Mega Normal Adventure Pack (MNAP 20L) by OCTOPUS
Splashproof, murdered-out, “Disaster Resistant” pack(s) with all the compartments you need.
OCTOPUS toes the line of quality and aesthetics with punk rock elegance. Their color palette resides mostly at the southern tip of the greyscale, and their gear’s designed for surfers who prefer black boardies, black wetties, and blending into a lineup.
OCTOPUS’ ethos is to take whatever is present in surfing and do it better. And by better, they mean higher quality, durability, functionality, and putting more thought into a product they’re proud to present.
Recently, they sent over a few bags for us to test and review. Which, for me, came at a convenient time as my current pack has seen a few too many mishaps over the past year — one pocket unintentionally sealed as a result of a bar of wax baking for three hours at 105 degrees in my car one summer afternoon.
So, the adorably named Mega Normal Adventure Pack or MNAP 20L recently became my daily driver. The bag is black. The exterior is water-resistant in a if you’re caught in a rainstorm or accidentally drop it in a puddle and quickly recover the bag to safety, what’s inside (most likely, depending on how long you let it sit in that pool of water) won’t be compromised kind of way. And not in a this is a dry bag, go fucking scuba diving with your laptop, and digital camera and everything will be camomile tea and honey kind of way. They do, however, offer a dry bag, if that’s your MO (check it here).
And now, a Mega Normal backpack-breakdown:
The bag’s got a few compartments. The laptop section is a highlight; it’s well-padded and lined by a fuzzy fabric that, given your state of mind, can be unusually pleasant to pet. There’s a stash pocket, well two stash pockets for whatever you like to, umm, stash… It’s got all the basic slots and pouches of a quality bag. The MNAP is welded, sealed, and sleek with all the tech you need, nothing you don’t.
If you’re looking for something more, er, adventurous, like a large pack for a long hike through Big Sur, a beach far from civilization, or somewhere down the road from your house, OCTO also makes the Very Large Adventure Pack (VLAP 34L). The VLAP’s got all the features of the Mega Normal plus a few extra zipper protected pockets. The highlight being a totally welded wet-dry compartment for stashing your wettie as you walk back to your vehicle post-surf.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my adoration for the Super Massive Octo Tote (SMOT 86L), another piece of luggage produced by eight tentacles. If I’m not boarding a plane, this is my go-to bag for any weekender or boozy beach day.
Yup, I have a quiver of OCTOPUS bags and packs, and, if it’s not apparent yet, I fuckin’ dig ’em.
Why You Should Never Not Paddle Out
How an impromptu 30 minute session made a Jamaican surfer $1,000 richer.
Rio Waida Has Been Surfing Onshore, Oversized Bells Alone
...and he might not go home all year.
John Florence Releases Long-Form Piece On The 243km Great Ocean Squiggle
Tourism Victoria going, ‘he just did our job for us’.
Japanese Rice Farmer Enjoys Frightening Sumatran West Bowls
Kaito Ohashi is on his best behavior.
Watch: When People Like This Speak, We Listen
Raw, extended conversations with Clyde Aikau and Eddie Aikau winner Luke Shepardson.
Diamond Tail = Diamond Hands?
We'll explain everything in the Rusty D-Min Joyride.
Behold Australia’s Nine & NZ’s Two Challenger Series Qualifiers*
May the Southern Cross smile upon you at Snapper.
An Unordinary Life Structured Around A Tidal Bore
Long Read: The life and times of Pete Beachy.
Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band
What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?
How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6
An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer
Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game
…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.
Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing
But will surf final CT event at Bells.
Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?
Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.
Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.
Already a member? Sign In
Want to join? Sign Up