by Urban GypsyfromBoxy and top-heavy but well-made bagI find the shape of this bag a little awkward and top heavy, and it doesn't stand up easily. The lack of compression straps is really disappointing! I like the organization and number of pockets, but the rear pocket (laptop or laundry) has too much padding and makes the bag excessively bulky. I have had difficulty traveling with this since it doesn't fit easily into overhead bins on flights, even when not opened to its max capacity. Overall extremely well-made bag with quality materials and craftsmanship, but shape is a bit off.
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 3out of5
by GolfherfromThe Good, The Bad and The UglyI packed this bag for a 3 week trip to Africa. Some camera gear, small laptop, Kindle, 3-1-1 bag, change of shirt and undies, small office needs...it was heavy, as I expected it would be. It was about 30 pounds at the worst of days.
This was my carryon...what I needed and what was valuable. I checked my clothes and things less valuable.
The straps were an immediate problem. The suspension system was zip...barely does anything at the hips to help spread the load. The shoulder straps did not fit right when all was said and done and the chest strap was built for a midget.
There was no way to contain all the straps on this thing to get it through the security rollers and it would catch and get stuck; straps all over the airplane floor and raking in and out of the overhead.
When packed...and not expanded, the bag barely fits in the overhead or under your seat in front of you.
When you get it loaded, the front compartment becomes totally worthless as you can't get into it or dig around...there are so many pockets and places to go that you can't find what you are looking for and have to unload it it to dig around.
The bottom compartment is neat. I liked putting some things there to be handy but out of the way...you just HAVE to make sure you put a little clip or lock on it or the thing will open up on you potentially and poof...there goes that stuff.
Bottom line was after 3 weeks I never wanted to see that bag ever again. REI is great and taking it back and I've gotten the Osprey Farpoint 40 which I should have gotten in the first place. Osprey was what I saw all over the backs of Africa trekkers.
If you want a good bag for short hauls and more office than hill top...then consider this bag. But if you want to go on a trip and not start getting worked up over your luggage...then buy a different bag.
Date published: 2013-09-25
Rated 4out of5
by Lilitruffefromgood productWe have a toddler and a baby so I was looking for a medium size back-pack with lots of pockets to use when traveling or doing daily excursions.
This back-pack works great for that use as there are a lots of different size pockets and make it easy to organize all the stuff we always carry with kids.
I was disappointed though that there is no waist strap to carry the weight on the hips a little more when the pack pack is loaded, it would be more comfortable.
The design is not made for hiking to my opinion.
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 4out of5
by newbieefromThis is goodI found this backpack to be very comfortable and easy to use. The only drawback was the hanging length of the adjustable straps.
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 4out of5
by olsonb09fromgreat for commuting to collegeUse for commuting to college. Holds books, change of clothes easily. Lots of space. Don't recommend using for hiking/camping. Could use compression straps but wouldn't change anything else.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 4out of5
by abwezfromworth the moneyOverall i started looking for a good backpack for a laptop that i had just got. wanted something that could fit my 15.6 inch laptop without being tight and that offered enough room to travel with the charger, change of cloths, phone, food ect. couldn't find a good quality bag till i came across this and the only thing that held me back was the price. i gotta tell you though it was well worth it. its a bit big but overall it holds everything i can through in it and more. good quality from what i can tell and when there is some good weight in it, it carry's very comfortable.
Date published: 2013-11-02
Rated 5out of5
by dichotomiesfromWould Definitely Buy AgainI've used this for a few months for school I bought another pack at REI and it failed on me within a week (which REI of course took back). Needless to say, I carry A LOT of books everyday. This backpack has held up so well. Not one issue with it. With the reinforced bottom and the solid zippers, it doesn't really look used even.
There is a hip belt, which I hate, but I immediately was able to tuck it away. I haven't used it, though it's good to know it's there in case I want to use this as a day pack or something.
The fabric covering the backpack is perfect for a pack you want to be comfortable being a little rough with.
All in all a great pack and I would recommend it to anyone. It's expensive, but it's the strongest (urban) backpack I've ever seen.
I'm 6'3'' and 200 lbs,
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 5out of5
by BjcottonfromGreat urban explorer packTerrific pack. Heavily padded with ample room for a laptop - haven't tried a 17" but looks like it would fit in the dedicated pocket with no problems. Lots of pockets and places to store odds and ends...even a nifty pocket behind the suspension and one under the magnetic flap with the North Face logo.
Suspension is very adjustable, and I like the feature that allows you to unclip the shoulder straps and tuck them behind the back padding.
Also like that it is expandable...can fit a lot in the main compartment. Squeezed three days worth of clothing, toiletries, my iPad, and a rain jacket with room to spare. Laundry section is also handy, but takes some space out of the main compartment when bulky items are stored in it.
Haven't had it in the rain, but looks like it should keep your gear dry.
Only nitpick: no compression straps. It is a huge pack. I'm 5'8" and 150 lbs...the pack looks a tad ridiculous, but I don't care. It will last a long time.
Unsure why the previous reviewer said "no waist belt" as it does and can tuck away.
Tad expensive, but it is worth it if you haul around your electronic gear and need something that is very flexible.
Date published: 2012-03-18
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