Backside - Backpacks
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Sun Aug 22 00:00:00 MDT 2010retromatt Rating:4.0
I did a lot of research before buying a new backpack for college. I wanted something large, leather, and comfortable. This backpack looks great, the leather is soft & fine, it only gets better looking the more you use it. All the zippers and seams are strong (I've already packed about twenty pounds of books in there & didn't even use the expandable feature). You could fit soo much in this pack, but it doesn't look bulky at all. I badly wanted to give this backpack 5 stars. I plan to use it for as long as it can hold it - which I think will be many years. However, like everyone has said, the straps are a little difficult. You may have to add new holes if you want it up higher on your back, but the bigger issue is the tops of the straps (that you can't adjust) are attached on the backside of the backpack, not on top. Therefore, it looks droopy and sags off your back. Because of this, it is not as comfortable as other packs, which is a shame cause everything else about it looks so great.
Thu Oct 25 00:00:00 MDT 2012tlk76 Rating:4.0
This is a sleek and attractive backpack I carry on crowded train rides to work. Nice leather, plenty of space for a laptop and other items, like a pair of shoes or ankle boots. The only problem I have with it is the strap--as a messenger bag, the adjustable leather strap works well, but if you want to use it as a backpack, the set up for it is pretty stupid. There are metal 3 rings on the backside: one at each bottom corner for clipping each end of the strap to, and one in the top middle, used to thread and suspend the middle strap. Given that the strap is adjustable, it loosens up if you are carrying things that have a bit of weight (and you don't need much weight for it to loosen. Since the top middle ring does not snugly hold the strap, the bag flops around ridiculously. My solution was to adjust the strap to a comfortable length to wear it as a backpack, then I cinched down the top middle portion with small black inconspicuous zip ties. A bit of a trashy set up? Yep. But it works, and I didn't think it was a big enough deal to return the bag. Eventually I'll probably by a strap that is better suited to this bag, but it works for now.
Fri Dec 02 00:00:00 MST 2011ambon1 Rating:3.0
The bag is nice. Have used it on a couple of trips. My laptop is larger than the recommended size but fits well. The pull handle is not made of durable materials, so I do not think it would stand up to rigorous use. The backpack straps are illogically placed inside the back zipper compartment. To utilize the straps you would have to have the zipper flap hitting your backside. You cannot zip it because the straps are inside, thus defeating the purpose. The straps should be on the outside of the bag or they should have come up with an ingenious way of tucking them away when you don't need them.
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