Lewiston’s Rogue Wear shows off hybrid backpack and duffle

Mark Rodrigue models Rogue Wear’s new Hybrid Backpack, one of six products featured next month during Maine International Trade Center’s New Product Global Showcase. (Submitted photo)

Rogue Wear’s Hybrid Backpack was on display at the Maine International Trade Center’s New Product Global Showcase sneak peek Tuesday. The center’s official Trade Day 2018 is scheduled for May 18 when six Maine companies will show off inventions they hope will increase international sales.

“It went very well,” said Mark Rodrigue, who owns both Rogue Wear and Maine Awards in Lewiston. “I think everybody kind of makes the comment, ‘Oh, that makes sense.'”

He’s designed the Hybrid — it’s a backpack meets a duffel — with side-entry pockets, a laptop sleeve, space for toiletries and a separate compartment for shoes so they don’t touch clothes.

“It’s not for hiking Kilimanjaro or Everest, but it works really well for an everyday carry, whether you’re going away for the weekend or a week or just a trip to the gym,” Rodrigue said.

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