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Mountain Hardwear Paladin Daypack

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Rugged materials and thoughtful features make the Paladin day pack from Mountain Hardwear the perfect computer pack for adventurers.

  • Tough 840-denier, high-tenacity body panels combine with durable, PVC-free thermoplastic urethane (TPU) panels and fully bound seams to ensure durability and long life
  • CoolWave suspension maintains excellent fit and ventilation regardless of load, ensuring outstanding comfort in all conditions
  • Framesheet offers stability and support, and spacer pads and airflow channels keep you cool; padded shoulder straps sport breathable mesh backing
  • Fully padded laptop sleeve is accessed through convenient side zip on back panel
  • Top pocket organizer keeps frequently used items handy and includes 2 soft mesh spacer pockets for delicate electronics
  • Roomy main compartment has sleeve pockets to organize papers, cords and other workday essentials
  • Internal zip pocket with key clip secures important items; soft fleece pocket for sunglasses
  • Daisy chain with padded grab handle and ice axe loops offer convenient lash/clip points
  • Side compression straps provide load control
  • Mountain Hardwear Paladin pack has a sternum strap and removable webbing waistbelt to add stability when needed


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Mountain Hardwear Paladin Daypack Specs
Best use
30 liter
1,850 cubic inches
4 + main compartment
15 inches
22 x 14 x 11 inches
2 lbs. 12 oz.
Bag style
Gear capacity (L)
Gear capacity (cu. in.)
Number of exterior pockets
Laptop compartment
Fits laptop size (in.)
Carry-on size

Mountain Hardwear Paladin Daypack

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Mountain Hardwear Paladin Daypackis rated5.0out of5by2.
Rated5out of5byfromSolid, sturdy bag for work and playI use this product daily as my commuter bag to work. I carry laptops, lunch, and all sorts of gear. I've used it both commuting by bus and by bike. It has a decently large capacity. The several notebook sleeves are handy for keeping organized. The laptop compartment can be accessed from the main compartment or a side zipper. The side zipper is convenient, but my larger 15" laptop doesn't quite fit through it. It's comfortable, even reasonably with weight. The only flaw I've found is that the main organizers for small items are in the top compartment. I'll load this up on occasion and the bag can feel top heavy/torqued. All in all this is a solid bag. Feels very sturdy and well constructed.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated5out of5byfromfeels like it is designed for meSearched long and hard for a backpack that would be comfy, sleek and simple, and offer just enough protection and compartments for electronics, etc. I work out of my bag, I bike, walk and bus around the city often and like to be able to head to the gym or happy hour on a dime. I also have a weak back, and my messenger bag was killing me, so a versatile backpack that could hold 15-20 lbs was what I was looking for. It's a tall order, but this one comes very close to meeting all requirements. The look is versatile and sleek. I have the all black, and it can look good in meetings, cafes, trips and vacations. It also doesn't look noisy with extra straps, colors and compartments. I almost went with the Fluid 26, but partly did not because it didn't have the same elegance. 9/10. The main compartment feels like it is built for me, and the separate pockets work though I realize it's not for everybody. Laptop in the back, notebooks next, pencil bag on 1 side, newspaper/random stuff on the other, a few smaller books in the middle and things I need to quickly access in the front. Sunglasses slide in its own compartment on the top, and then there is plenty of room for jackets, lunch, clothes, groceries, etc. 13" macbook air fits easily even with a Thule sleeve, and I don't carry binders or huge books, so this works great for me. Side pocket works great. Gets a little tight, and hard to see down to the bottom. Another issue is that when packing this bag to capacity, you have to dig into the compartment to find pockets and gaps where to stuff clothes and things to balance the bulk. Side pockets for Nalgene and other bottles seem to work fine, but have to tighten the straps. Would have liked elastic there for extra security, but it works. The top compartment was the clincher for me and my needs. It fits my macbook charger and cord (mesh bag), extra batteries, post-its. Great combination of velcro pockets. The top gets heavy with all this stuff, but it hangs over the bag almost like a flap, which maintains the slim profile of the bag. I noticed some people complaining that the top sags down, but it feels like it is by design. When it hangs that way, I can unzip/zip both compartments from the top pretty easily, and it lays out like a filing cabinet. I can unzip the top compartment completely and it folds down like a toiletry bag -- everything in plain view. 9/10 Comfort is good, not great. The bag is slightly on the heavier side. By comparison, the MHW Fluid 26 was lighter, more comfortable, and had much better hip support to distribute the weight. But again, considering the tradeoffs, this bag is a step up from other city/commuter bags out there. I chose the Paladin because the pros above outweighed this con. If I had more weight to carry for longer periods of time, I would have gone with something with a frame/hip support. 7.5/10. Otherwise we'll see. I just got this bag, and am testing it out. The mesh backing seems a little cheap and I'm wondering if it will rip/snag easily but so far so good. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-05-07

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