Hideo Wakamatsu enjoys designing backpacks – because he’s drawn to their simplicity and functionality. What Hideo Wakamatsu has also managed to achieve is to make them look beautiful. Choosing the right backpack pretty much depends on the terrain you’re visiting, the length of stay and the mode of transport. If you are an off-road adventurer with plans to voyage across the Andes, then the sturdy, waterproof, yet lightweight Tarpaulin Trolley will be an essential companion. If you need it for transporting your laptop, book and lunch to and from work, or University then you may want to choose something more compact and fitted with a protective laptop compartment. The Tarpaulin Messenger I and II are great choices in that case. As a rule, backpacks put less strain on your body than most other kinds of luggage because their weight doesn't pull on one side of your body. Travel backpacks are designed to evenly distribute their load on your shoulders and hips, making them easy to carry for several hours. Hideo Wakamatsu has added thick straps, with lots of padding, to all his backpacks. It makes carrying them even more comfortable. Many travel backpacks, like the Hybrid Backpack are designed with several compartments to store smaller items, such as water bottles, your mobile, MP3 player, PDA, passport and tickets. This makes it easier to stay organised while traveling, ensuring that all your basic items and accessories are within easy reach. Probably the biggest benefit of using a backpack is the ease of movement it provides. You don't have to worry about dragging a suitcase up a flight of stairs! Both the Tarpaulin and Hybrid Ranges are made of water-resistant fabrics that protect your valuables no matter what the weather.