Rated5out of5bybill2139fromJust got it... but so far, best everThe most impressive bag I've ever seen. At first, it seemed too flat to hold everything... but then I realized my beloved, but worn-out Vaude knapsack would fit entirely inside!
The clever design of this bag allows it to expand into almost a large sack, extending well above the back straps, with way more capacity than any knapsack, but then fold down again into a standard looking commuter-computer bag when you don't need that space. I often need to carry 2 laptops and this bag can do it – plus the groceries.
I found the padded straps very comfy even when the bag is heavily loaded... and I'm grateful for the absence of hip-straps, which more often than not just get in the way.
Numerous pockets and subpockets for organizing.
The detachable (velcro + clips) front panel is completely unique... though I'm not sure about its ultimate value, I don't think it poses any problems.
Overall, design and workmanship are top-notch, and the company seems to pay homage at least to decent values.
The computer pocket is snug for a 15-inch Macbook, but it fits. That pocket is so well padded, it probably is pretty waterproof, but the rest of the bag probably isn't.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated5out of5byJeffreyRfromA Great All-Around BackpackI've been looking for the perfect bag to replace an aging messenger bag, and the Ethnotek Tek-Thread Laptop Travel Backpack fit the bill. My favorite part: lots of well thought out pockets! It's got ample space for my 15" MacBook Pro, though if you have a chunkier laptop this might not be your bag. I've taken it on short camping trips and through the urban jungle, and it's come through like a champ.
This bag's back can be interchanged with other "threads", so you can change the design according to your mood. I bought one in plain black for more rugged uses. The "threads" sold at REI have a different pocket configuration than I've seen in other places, and in my opinion it's a lot more useful.
I'd be concerned getting caught in a rainstorm with this backpack (I wrote Ethnotek and they said they'd have a weatherproof shell available in August 2013).
If you're looking for a bag that's well thought out, ethically responsible, and good looking, give this backpack a try.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated5out of5byRaleighBertfromStellar bagI switched to this bag after using a side bag with a shoulder strap because it was causing me to have muscle problems. The Ethnotek Laptop Travel Backpack is much better with weight distribution and is alot more ergonomical. Though it is comfortable to wear I would like to mention that when it is loaded up more and becomes much heavier, I've considered that the straps should be wider and have more padding to distribute the weight. Take note that this bag does not have a hip strap system. When the backpack is loaded with laptop and lots of other items that fill up the main compartment or side pouches, then it feels heavy to wear. If I'm standing in one place and not moving, then I often have to take it off and rest the bag at my feet. In this situation I think a hip strap would be useful to spread the weight of the pack from the shoulders to the hips. So, if you plan to carry around a lot of weight, or want to use this bag for extended travel, you may want to consider an option that has a hip strap to alleviate the strain of carrying a heavy load.
Otherwise, this bag has a fantastic design, is produced in a environmentally and culturally conscious way, and is made with high quality durable materials that are made to last.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated4out of5byPerryHfromI love this bag!Great bag, used it for a four day trip to DC with all my camera gear and it was perfect. Easy to stow on the plane, big enough for all your essentials, strong and solid. A little weighty perhaps, but no big deal. Love the outside pockets, the side-panel access to the interior and the roll-over top. The laptop pocket is not large enough for a Dell XPS-16, and part of that is because the zipper does not open far enough. However, I did not get this to schlep the laptop, and it's perfect for my phone and tablet.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated4out of5bycyclenchillfromLove it EXCEPT...I really like the design of this bag. And it would be absolutely perfect EXCEPT my 15" ASUS notebook doesn't fit in the laptop pocket, most likely due to the zipper. If they had designed the zipper so it unzipped nearly completely across the top in addition to the side this would probably not be an issue. It does fit in the rear sleeve of the main compartment so I may still keep it. I'm not sure. I would have given it more stars but I think it's important the product does what it says it does.
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated4out of5byPerryHfromGreat pack for airline travelThe laptop pocket is indeed smaller than advertised (A Dell XPS-16 will not fit), and it's difficult to get a laptop that would otherwise fit into the pocket due to the design of the zipper. However, for me that was a nice-to-have and not a requirement. The pocket works great for a tablet like a Nexus 10 or an iPad. Otherwise, the bag is cavernous, holding tons of stuff in the interior, and more in the exterior pockets which were nicely arranged and functional in use. Put the stuff the TSA wants to see in the top of the bag, your toothpaste and other "fluids-in-ziplocks" in the exterior pocket and they are happy campers at the security checkpoint. It fits the overheads perfectly, and the top closure strap works great to secure a rolled-up jacket or sweater.
It's a great bag for 3-4 days of hotel or hostel-hopping travel.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated1out of5byJane the WalkerfromNot for 17 inch laptopDon't believe the ad. The laptop opening is too small for a 17 inch laptop; tried it with 2 different laptops. Had hoped to take this on vacation but am sending it right back
Date published: 2012-09-06
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