Jamie Toland of Grinder's Gear Review, is a professional fitness writer and apparel reviewer. He recently had an opportunity to test, compare, and review the icon XL convertible and icon expandable backpacks. Continue reading to see the benefits of the backpacks.

What is it?

I tested out two of the backpacks from HYLETE;  the icon expandable and the icon XL convertible backpack. HYLETE calls them, “the last training backpack you’ll ever need.” The XL version has a whole host of features including converting from a backpack to a duffle bag/suitcase, a shoe locker section, an area for wet/dry storage, a laptop sleeve, and a side pocket cooler. The smaller icon expandable (think school backpack size)  doesn’t feature the size or number of compartments, it does have a lot to offer in terms of storage.

What do I think?

Both are incredibly sturdy and strong packs.  Here’s the easiest way I can explain the difference between the two. The icon expandable is perfect to stow all your stuff for the gym or to use as an everyday backpack.  The icon XL convertible is a truly versatile pack that I think is perfect for travel.  When you have such an advanced bag such as this one, that can literally transform from a heavy duty backpack to a high quality duffle bag (complete with it’s own carrying strap which is easy to attach and store when you aren’t using it), there’s really nothing it can’t do.  

Why do you need it?

Depending on your needs, these both combine flexibility with sturdy comfort for the modern athlete on the go. I think they look cool too.

When should you use it?

The icon expandable backpack is great for day-to-day use and on-the-go use.  The icon XL convertible backpack can be used in the same way but you need to understand that HYLETE is serious when they label it an “XL” version. It’s big and so far has been able to tackle anything I’ve used it for (shoes, clothes, drinks to keep cold, towels, jump ropes, lifters, etc.).