X-Over Bag

German company X-Over has developed the ultimate everyday bag that can take you from the outdoors, climbing or mountain biking, straight to the city. With an X-shaped strap system, the X-Over bag creates a secure and balanced load while giving you complete freedom of movement. 

The X-Over bag comes in a multitude of colors and fabrics including ripstop nylon and nubuck suede. The fabric is coated 2-4 times with a durable water repellent finish to keep your gear dry on a rainy day. This everyday bag has a durable, waterproof neoprene bottom to protect your stuff from the wet and dirty ground.

A heavy duty aluminum buckle keeps the flap securely shut on your X-Over bag but you can gain quick access to all your belongings through a zipper on top of the flap. A top secret zippered pocket at the back of the bag is perfect for storing all of your valuables. A mesh pocket on the outside of the bag is convenient for stowing your water bottle or energy bar. 

X-Over Bag

The company's patented cross-pack system enables you to carry the X-Over bag in three different styles. The casual over one shoulder style is perfect for walking around town. By connecting the lower half of the cross strap, you can add stability for your bike commute or scramble over the rocks. Finally, by connecting the top half of the cross strap as well, you gain extreme stability for those high action situations such as downhill mountain biking. 

The company is currently setting up their online store but you can fill out their order form and order your X-Over bag direct. For those of you who happen to live in Germany or Austria, there are plenty of stores that carry the X-Over bag. Prices range from €40 to €100 depending on style of bag and fabric choice.  

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  1. love this bag- tried to get one- but the website is in german and I couldn’t figure out the order form. Hopefully it will get picked up by an online retailer soon!

  2. Hi Corre,

    They are cool bags aren’t they! If you run the website through Google translate, you will see a Buy tab then a link to an order form. Basically they tell you to pick the bag you want then send an email to order@x-over.de

    You can probably just drop them an email and ask them to send you a list in English. I am sure they would be happy to do so.

    I will drop them an email as well to see when their online store is going to be ready, an in English too!


  3. I found this blog after a discussion with a friend who asked for recommendation of a new backpack.

    I bought one of these X-Over bags at Le Bon Marché, back in 1998. Words cannot express how versatile and durable it’s been over the past decade. It has regularly seen duty on campus, at the pool, to the gym, rock-climbing, to the shooting range, across my back on my motorcycle, and on countless vacations… carrying everything from books to beer to electronic gear. The fabric has faded slightly from the sunlight, but all of the stitching has held up.

    The design appears to be exactly the same, as long the mention of neoprene is erroneous. The bottom of mine is very thick coated, waterproof nylon. An actual neoprene would bottom would be a serious design flaw as neoprene is neither durable nor waterproof (neoprene is designed to absorb and hold water, insulating a diver by keeping water heated by his body close to his skin).

    It should be noted that the panel that faces the wearer’s back is padded and curved, making it very comfortable to wear, even when hunched over a bike or motorcycle.

    If they do get their webstore up and running, I’ll be one of the first to buy another bag.

  4. I absolutely fell in love with the bag when I first saw it in a store. I was looking for a backpack or a messenger / shoulder bag and I couldn’t make up my mind. I found the backpacks to be too boring and the shoulderbags too limited in its use. This bag is perfect, but…. the strap is on the wrong side for me!!! I want it to be over the right shoulder.

  5. I bought one of these bag in 2002 or so. It’s great — it’s my everyday bag and has been on city expeditions and backcountry hikes. Even several trips to Japan. Suitable for quick grab-and-go, or deploy the extra straps for hiking or biking. Only problem is they don’t seem to be available in the U.S. anymore, and I’ve finally broken the zipper on mine. So I may have to order a new one from overseas.

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