After the success of our SHADOW WARRIOR, WOTANCRAFT's very first daily backpack, we wanted to take things a step further.
With the fascinating wave-creased cowhide material imported from Italy, we've built a leather version SHADOW WARRIOR prototype.
As opposed to the low-key nature of SHADOW WARRIOR, the new prototype demonstrated a formidable visual impact, due to the natural, randomly corrugated leather surface.
"We should call it the PHANTOM backpack.
Look at it. No one can ignore its prescence."
The narrow "Spine Plate Panel" allows the backpack to drape naturally when carrying less, unlike most backpacks that are restricted by the wide back panel, which can look bulky.
The interior of this 18-litre backpack is barrel shaped, so the diameter can be flexible, changing in accordance to items fitted. It can fit large A4 folders, magazines, and even 15 inch heavy duty laptop.
With the interior bottom padded with shock-resistant EVA foam, PHANTOM can act as a versatile commuter backpack for work essentials.
The two parallel internal pockets run as deep as 23cm, capable of fitting 700ml water bottle, or foldable umbrella.
When you store small items such as wallet or keychain, they will fall into the bottom of the pockets so it doesn't get mixed up with others, but you can still slide your arm inside easily and grab what you need.
The interior of the backpack is accessed via 2 points: the top zippered flap, and the vertical zippered opening at the back.
The top flap with YKK bronze zipper has an oval curvature, which allows the zippers to unzip smoothly if you want to quickly yank the top flap open.
The vertical zippered opening is located near the back plate, so when you wear the backpack, your body naturally hides this convenient access point.
The opening leads directly to the inside of the backpack, which means you can grab the items at the bottom without having to take everything out from the top.
The height of the zippered opening is 35cm, so it is possible to access a 13" laptop from here.
We have always admired the simple yet versatile structure of antique military backpacks, so when we design our own daily backpack, we choose to utilize the same design language.
From the 3 oversized pockets, thick leather strap fasteners and traditional stud hardware fastening mechanism, the PHANTOM reveals its beauty through a sense of nostalgia.
The front pocket with snap button can fit up to 1000ml water bottle.
The side pockets with stud buckle / leather strap fasteners can fit sunglass cases, or a camera flash.
Front leather strap fasteners are used for securing jackets to the outside of the backpack, so it doesn't take up room in the interior space, and allows you to grab and wear it when weather gets cold.
For travelling photographers, you can also fasten tripod with the leather fasteners.
We have chosen to use traditional style fastening mechanisms, such as the 8-shaped hole for stud hardware, pin-lock buckle... everything is done to make sure the backpack has that iconic WOTANCRAFT vintage aesthetics.
We re-imagined the wide leather straps of the famous WWII militaria Swiss Army "Salt and Pepper" Rucksack, choosing not to add any padding, to achieve the right vintage vibe while maintaining a casual, minimal look.
Upon popular demand for shoulder pressure alleviation, we have prepared an optional accessory: Latex foam detachable shoulder pads.
We use thick layer of "Latex foam" to create our ideal shoulder pad, which costs 6 times more than regular EVA foam, to recreate the pressure-alleviating sensation you may get from a memory foam Latex bed or pillow.
To order the shoulder pads, see "OPTIONAL COMBO" at the top/bottom of this page.
The PHANTOM is covered by leather with unevenly corrugated surface, like calm waves in the sea. When you run your fingers across it, the rigidity of the waves whisper a simple fact:
"you have never seen a leather bag like this."
Such artistic feature is done with "hand crunching", a time consuming cowhide leather treatment performed by artisans in a small Italian tannery. You will never find 2 pieces of hand crunched leather with the same pattern.
We use the iconic WOTANCRAFT battle-distressed cowhide leather as accent for the PHANTOM backpack.
The oil tanning process gives this leather more pliability, as well as providing an unique aesthetic effect:
when you bend the leather, the oil among the leather fibers will be squeezed and shift, causing the surface to manifest a temporary dual-tone color.
Such characteristic is called the "Pull-Up effect", which greatly enhanced the vintage look of the leather.
Pull-up effect color creases, aging potential from vegetable-tanning, and coupled with the skin pores and distresses of thick full-grain leather...
these remarkable features give the leather a "vintage soul", which is like nothing you've seen in common chrome-tanned leather materials.
The beauty of this leather is its potential to "mature", thus creating a very personal piece of history, which is something we came to appreciate in faded raw denim and broken-in leather boots.
To deliver the right sense of texture quality, we've implemented cotton velveteen in the interior lining.
The hand feel is much smoother than usual cotton canvas fabric, the visual aesthetics is also more layered, calling to our inner desires for quality.
NOTE: the cotten velveteen WOTANCRAFT uses is dyed with natural pigments, which can rub slightly onto white-colored items.
WOTANCRAFT knew from our camera bag making history that to build a reliable heavy duty bag, the generic poly or cotton based thread simply wouldn't hold.
We've adapted the "Bonded Nylon" thread, a thread type based off the ultra tough Nylon 6.6 fiber with protective coating, capable of sustaining chemical and elemental corrosion, and commonly used on leather products that needs to sustain use and abuse, such as leather boots or saddles.
The PHANTOM backpack is undoubtedly an luxury item, but not in a sense of fashion or status.
This backpack incorporates ALL of WOTANCRAFT's characteristic traits: vintage, nostalgic, practicality... and appreciation for uniqueness in texture. If others ask you what WOTANCRAFT is about, the PHANTOM says it all.
And to us, being able to take out personal aesthetics to the upmost extreme... it is the greatest luxury of all.
Dimensions (Width x Depth x Height)
exterior: 28 x 15 x 48 cm
interior: 26 x 13 x 42 cm
exterior front pocket: 15 x 6 x 30 cm
exterior left/right pocket: 13 x 5 x 17 cm
interior dual pockets: 17 x 23 cm
back zippered opening: 35 cm
± 2 kg
vegetable tanned cowhide leather
cotton velveteen fabric lining
high-strength zinc alloy & brass hardware
bronze YKK Zippers with rustproof coating
high-density EVA foam padding (back plate and bottom only)
main bag x1
detachable shoulder straps x1
cotton dustproof bag x1