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I got this pack to replace a similar one that was over 6 years old. I did notice that there were some complaints about the quality of Wenger bags of late, but the size and volume of this was required so I got it as a replacement. So far I am greatly pleased with it. I haven't noticed any issues with build quality. It holds a lot, room for a 17" laptop, and a tablet along with assorted other gear. Cables, plugs, chargers and all sorts. And even room for more things if you need to take along something extra. I also fit a lunch bag in there. So 27 litres of space, and lots of zips and pockets for everything. So there is room to put small items, phones, etc securely so they don't tumble around. Love it.
This the second of these bags I've bought, this being for my son. I bought mine many years ago when Wenger first started to make bags and after using it constantly for close on 12 years offshore and onshore daily, it's still in good nick. So much so my son who now also works offshore borrowed it for a time and I had a hell of a go at getting it back.
So, I've bought him this one. I did so because he also bought a SwissGear bag but it seems that the newer ones are simply not made to the same standard as the older ones. A bit cheaper but no where near the quality.
It's easily big enough to take the largest laptop you want to hump around in a dedicated soft pocket. The main compartment is easily big enough to swallow gym gear and a boiler suit at the same time. The best bit is the top pocket which is big enough to jam all sorts of things you use on a daily or travel basis reducing the need to root around in the rest of the bag.
There are a number of other compartments which will allow even the most OCD of us to separate out all of the gubbins such as hard drives and paperwork.
Bottom line is that after more than a decade of use I have not found a better general purpose backpack.
Good looking rucksack, with a real feel of quality about it. I use it for work, there are loads of compartments that easily swallow up my work stuff (laptop, charger, phone, mouse, notepad etc.) as well as personal items (eReader, phone, headphones, scarf and gloves in the winter as well as other various bits and bobs) - with enough space over for my sandwiches. Because you can fit so much stuff in there, the tendency is to have more than you need which can make it heavy (not a fault of the rucksack - more my lazy stuff everything in approach).
Laptop-wise, my 15" wide screen Dell laptop just fits. Anything bigger and you wouldn't be able to zip it up.
Overall - a great rucksack so long as you don't have anything bigger than a 15" laptop.
I've just bought the second of these rucksacks. I got the first one almost five years ago, and in that time it's been in daily use. It's smart enough to take to meetings with CEOs, and tough enough for epic taxi journeys across the Middle East.
My job is a management consultant, so I spend an awful lot of time away from the office. This bag gives me the space to carry everything I need to be productive, anywhere in the world. There's space for a laptop, of course, but also space for power cables, phone chargers, adapter plugs, A4 files and report printouts, pens, Kindle, umbrella... the list goes on and on.
I can fit in a change of clothes for overnight trips if I need to (and still get it on a budget airline as hand baggage), or I can load it up with enough material to run a medium-sized training workshop. After all that, it is still a comfortable carry (and so much easier than a trolley bag when you're moving fast).
And it isn't just a big bag - the space is really well organised with loads of pockets so you can arrange things according to how often you need them. It is truly a mobile office.
The zip on my previous bag finally broke, which was a shame, but after nearly five years of hard daily use I can't complain. I had no hesitation in getting another one straight away. I can't recommend it enough. Once you've used one of these, other bags just seem flimsy and small in comparison.
Just got this bag after looking at Swissgear options to replace my ageing Port aspen backpack. When opened this thing just screams pure quality. Materials are strong and rugged and leaves no doubt that it will last for some time. In my opinion this is definitely worth the extra money over rival brands. If you're in the market for a durable laptop backpack this should be in your shortlist.
I have now been wearing this bag out and about for the last 48 hours in London and one thing about this bag that is quite useful is the "air flow cushioning" which helps your back to say cool. I initially though this was just a bit of a gimmick but after wearing this in the middle of a London summer I can honestly say that it does help considerably, my back does not feel as sweaty as it did when wearing my previous back pack.
I was worried that this might be too big - but having used it for a while, it's not. I'm pleased I didn't choose a smaller bag. There's no downside to having a little spare room.
Of course when you fill it, it can be heavy. In my experience, when full, it hangs from the shoulders and rests on the top of my butt. The space in between has air circulation. It rests as comfortably as a heavy weight can. It does not pull up my shirt as one reviewer complained. For casual use, it feels very comfortable slung over one shoulder.
There's lots of spaces to organise your posessions of course. It's great fun deciding what to keep where, then later trying to remember where you decided to put things! Besides all the organising pockets of different shapes and sizes, there's a large cavernous compartment in the centre. Great for the occasional grocery shop. In front of that is a pocket that's ideal for keeping loose A4 papers flat.
The bottom is tough and waterproof. The bag is designed to stand upright on its base. A very nice feature.
This is definitely one of my better purchases. They've obviously given a great deal of thought to every design feature. I thoroughly recommend it, even if you don't have a laptop.
This is a great product I use it every day to carry my laptop and some small tools and paperwork, it goes around London with me on and off building sites and holds up well. One of my colleagues uses the same bag and it was on his recommendation I purchased this. There are plenty of pockets and the straps are comfortable. When this does wear out I will buy another. I like to use a product before leaving a review.
I've been using this for a few days. The bag has a very premium feel and is comfortable to wear. I needed a new bag after my previous broke that can carry a laptop and can be used for overnight stays.
The laptop pocket fits my 15.6 inch laptop nicely, and has space for paper documents as well. The main pocket is a good size. There is a divider inside of it which goes up about two thirds of the height of the pocket. This feels a little cheap, but is not essential. There is then a pocket for an tablet. My ipad air in a case fits nicely inside with plenty of space to spare.
There is a small pocket between the handle and the laptop pocket, although once you put a laptop in this pocket is a little restricted.
There is an organiser pocket on the front, which has lots of internal pockets and holders, and finally a small zipped pocket on the very front.
There is also an elastic net bottle holder on each side, as well as a tall, think pocket (which fits a 600ml bottle well if you don't want them on the outside).
The official dimensions show the depth as 25cm, which is above the hand baggage requirements for some airlines (Ryanair, Thomson, Emirates to name a few), but the bag compresses well if not full. It has a strap at the top of the shoulder straps that can go around the handle on a trolley suitcase, which is something I have missed on bags before.
The bag will stand upright (although not if there is only an laptop in there) which is a nice feature. I was a little apprehensive of paying £45 for a backpack, but having bought cheap ones before that have only lasted a few months I decided to go for this one. I did look at it in TK Maxx beforehand, where it was £5 more expensive. I like bags that have plenty of pockets, and this has 8 in total.
I have to say that this bag is a great investment. and has solved two things that I was concerned about. 1) Carrying a laptop safety with all your accessories 2) A practical solution to carrying essential items for a long journey.
I travel a lot and use my laptop for work, so it was essential to get a secure place to carry my Laptop. With stowing this away, I always put a skin on the laptop as the zips are close to the laptop surface. I have a Samsung RC520, Which has a 15.6inch size
Theres certainly enough room for water bottles and dozens of compartments that its easy to forget where you put stuff, but thats a positive to me! Feels very solid and carrying by the handle as well as a back pack.
After 2 months of use, it doesnt show any wear and tear. Impressive quality for this price! :)