Hey everyone, I'm always super skepti of reviews on this site, esp. 5-stars, but I was thinking about buying a new backpack today (it's on sale) and thought...why? I have a good one already — it's this one — and felt compelled to write a review. I've had this backpack for nearly two years and use it almost every day. Sometimes it's just my laptop. Sometimes it's stuffed with climbing gear or going on a multi-day bike tour. Sometimes it's raining. Sometimes it's adorned with bike lights or GPS trackers. It's never broken (well, I smashed the buckle on the chest-strap, but it's not big enough to ever be heavy enough to require it, so no biggie), it's never ripped or torn, and it always seems to have that extra couple inches of volume that fits that one last thing I probably won't need. It's a great backpack and I encourage you to buy it if you care about those things. It's not the most stylish thing I own (hence the thought about the new backpack), but you know what? It's a backpack. I never see it while I'm using it anyways.
We purchased this backpack primarily for airplane travel, as we needed a bag that could hold a purse and fit under the seat in front of us. This backpack does the job well and is comfortable to carry. We can put a pair of shoes in outer mesh pocket which is a real plus when traveling. I'd buy it again.
Great backpack. Seemed slightly narrow for three-ring binders, but the binders did fit. Just can't jam them right in and I have a boy so he tends to be more of a jammer than a slider. The backpack looks "cool" and has all the right pockets so we are happy. Hard to fit a lunch sack in if notebooks and lap top in main pocket area--have to carry separately, but no big deal.
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