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It has been in use for 3yrs & has fared quite well, it's carried excessive amounts of equipment to & from gigs during winter & festivals during summer for allot of that time & the only wear & tear is the stitching at the top of the shoulder straps connecting them to the carrier has frayed!
The amount of storage this carrier provides is exceptional, several compartments seem bottomless & I presume it must be using some form of tardis-like advanced technology to achieve this!? On more occasions than I care to count this carrier has managed to contain: x2 high-end laptops (+PSU's), x1 MPC Mini MKII LE, x6 2.5" HDD (+protective cases), upward of 30+cables, x1 Professional Camera (+mini bag incl equipment), x1 external soundcard, 20+ memory sticks & SD cards, x2 DS3 Gamepads, x1 BT Speaker, many different batteries, x1 DT 900 PRO Black Editions (including case), x2 pairs of in-ear headphones, x4 spare RAM, x1 PC Toolkit, x1 mini electric screwdriver, x1 anti-spill portable mug, x1 small coffee container, x1 sugar container, x1 spare hat & a spare hoodie!
As I said it utilizes some form of covert tardis technology...
I thought it was a little expensive for a backpack. I usually paid £15-20 at the market. I wanted something a little more durable and this had good reviews and a lot of pockets. I was a little concerned at the split between the laptop section and (what I refer to as) the "main carrying section". It seemed the amount of usable space would be reduced. Surprisingly enough, it wasn't. This backpack is well made and has a sturdy feel. I have stuffed it to capacity (and then some) with no problems. Pleased with the purchase.
This looked the same as one I got from Staples ages ago. It isn't. The grey material is patterned to make it look similar to the technical fabric on the last one but I suspect is cheaper.
The previous one lasted me years and took all of the shopping on the way home from work that I could throw at it.
This one has a thread on one of the other straps come loose and is not quite as nice looking because of the grey fabric but it does take a remarkable amount of food and beer without really looking any different.
Gets four because the last bag would have gotten five all day long. This is probably a four and a half.
Well, I've been through loads of laptop backpacks and not been really happy with any of them for one reason - I never found one that was big enough to take a laptop and enough room for an overnight stay. Lugging around two bags or a full size overnight case is a real issue for me when travelling on trains, tubes etc. hence the need for a single solution. I think I've found it here though. I have loaded it up with the following:
Dell D630 laptop Notebook Pens, kindle and ipod. Pair of shoes Pair of jeans Casual shirt and jumper Business shirt Change of underwear Toothbrush, toiletries etc.
Now, I appreciate that that isn't everyones idea of luggage an overnight stay, but I do this often and all I need is jeans and a jumper for the evening and a clean shirt etc. for the next day. If you roll the shirt up it doesn't get too creased and you can always iron it at the hotel. It all just about fits, and doesn't look out of place. The important bit is that your laptop is in a separate compartment from your clothes, so if you're with a client you don't have to go through your clothes to get to the laptop.
It seems comfortable enough, and there are loads of small pockets for ancillary items. All in all, it looks a good backpack and it's the closest I've got to being what I want. It's a tiny bit smaller than I'd hoped for, but that really isn't to do with the bag, it's to do with my needs. The only reason I've marked it down is because I think it's overpriced.
Lots of storage although quite heavy when empty. One of the compartments is aimed for clothing - I'd prefer it without this, as the laptop compartment itself is quite tight on space, when the rest is packed full. The mesh pockets are good, although the one in the laptop compartment isn't ideal - if you fill it, it then further obscures the compartment from slipping in an A4 pad or iPad.
Quality is really good, and the "stand up" feature is a nice touch.
I've done quite a few trips, including trying one fully loaded with clothes, shoes and all the IT kit. It coped well but was very tight - next time I'll probably bring carry on cabin bag too.
One thing I noticed is the stiching on the main carry handle has started to pull away. I didn't snag it that I'm aware of, but there's no easy way to fix it, since it's a small loop.
The two bottle pockets are good for approx. 500 - 750ml bottles.
This is a belated review after 18 months of ownership. The bag is used every weekday on the commute (drive, train, tram and walk) and so far shows vey little sign of wear. The previous rucksack was under half the price but didn't last 18 months, so this one is doing well so far. Yes, it's a bit of a monster size-wise, but it's coped with everything I've thrown in it so far. It has many compartments and sections, zips, flaps and pockets but it all feels logical and so now everything has it's place (yes, I carry too much stuff but once a boy scout, always prepared!).
My typical inventory: MacBook, A4 pad, luncbox, pens, pencils, ruler, ibuprofen, blister plasters, tissues, spare tie, battery backup, Swiss Card, Kindle, Headphones.... I could go on!
If you drive a Mini, eat out every lunchtime, and you want something lightweight and discrete, if this is not the bag for you.
If drive an SUV, take your lunchbox from home, and you need a bag that will allow you to take in all your stuff and still have room to bring that Amazon delivery home then this is the bag for you.
It's a good backpack... but it isn't stylish. I know it's function over form... but it really does not look good. It however is incredibly made and well put together. All the compartments are well lined and padded...you couldn't ask for more with that in mind. But it does sit a long way off from your back, like a weird malignant hunchback...
Good bag, I've used it for commuting and also on a few plane journeys now as well. It has plenty of space, a well protected laptop pocket and good straps. After having to throw away my last (allegedly) Swissgear laptop bag in a matter of months, I'm glad this is much more to the standard I expected.
Excellent product, very sturdy and plenty of storage. Slight negative is that it is a little heavy, even when empty, but given it solid construction It is worth it. I use mine cycling as well as walking and find it very comfortable to wear. I would recommend this product.