Erm…not really sure about this one. I was looking for an alternative to my Manhattan Portage City Lights bag for EDC. I’ve had the latter for years and years. I can’t remember when I bought it, but it was probably late 90s or early 00s. I bought it in the camo colourway, so I think that was way back when camo was trendy i.e. before Operation Iraqi Freedom. It’s still going strong and aside from the dated colourway it’s still absolutely perfect , but I wanted to try something different.
I spotted the Maka 2 online at Trekitt and received the same excellent customer service and blistering fast delivery as usual.
I was a bit overwhelmed when I removed the packaging. The Maka 2 is nicely made but the Squid Ink colourway isn’t quite as discreet as I’d imagined.
Initially I tried it as a shoulder bag, but it didn’t hang right compared to the benchmark City Lights bag. So, first of all, I wondered if it should perhaps become a ‘surprise present’ for my wife…
I think the Maka 2 will be of most use as a mini backpack, or matched with summer wear – when I’m already clad in mildly embarrassing shorts and sandals and I don’t know anyone because I’m on holiday abroad. Plus, there will be other weirdly dressed Europeans. So the Squid Ink colourway will fit right in.
I’ll revisit the Maka 2 at a later date. It may mature with time. Meanwhile I bought another City Lights bag. This time in a more sensible olive drab waxed cotton.
One thing I really do like about the Maka 2 is the way the straps connect with the bag itself. The bag has D-rings to which the straps attach, rather than the straps being stitched on. I suppose this is what allows it to be worn as a waist pack, or as a mini back pack – because the straps can realign themselves, depending on what’s required. In that sense it’s pretty versatile – more so than the City Lights bag, which is purely a shoulder bag.
This kind of versatility shows the effort Arc’teryx put into designing the Maka 2. Having said that, I wonder what they expect people to do with the excess strap ends, when the straps are tightened?
In mini back pack mode – image from largo99.com