Rated 4 out of 5 by TreeBob Good but not great!
I tend to load up anything I carry, so while I like this daypack, it needs to be a little roomier, design needs to be squared up instead of sooo tapered. Like the way it hugs my back and it is comfortable to wear.
Full sized computer fits great in the sleeve, don't have an tablet, so along with a portfolio I also have 2 large file folders in the main compartment.
With the side pockets also loaded, it is difficult to place my items into the main compartment so the computer has to go in last.
Hip belt needs to be wider, at least 1.5", prefer 2.0" and chest strap needs to be placed two inches lower and a little wider, 1.0 - 1.25".
Other than those items, love the day pack
September 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jane73 Good, could be great.
Pros: lightweight, plenty of storage for lots of small things, separate, padded areas for laptop and tablet. Very nice looking, compact, not a lot embellishments = professional looking. I ordered it in black.
Opportunities for improvement:
- laptop area needed to be 1/2" wider (imagine my frustration)
- no separate area for shoes (many commuters, esp women who wear heels at the office, bring them along to change into later. A separate zip area, perhaps on the bottom, would have been ideal.
- zippers are ok. Love that the pulls don't make noise when you walk, but they are bit "sticky". Especially since we're usually fumbling for IDs, keys, etc., while on the go, this is an important area.
August 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lothiriel1 Perfect for my needs!
I bought this pack specifically for my daily train commute. The interior compartment is spacious enough for my binder, planner, a couple of small books, and a lightweight sweater (I could fit a slim laptop as well, if I had one). The side pockets are thoughtfully designed and keep smaller items organized. The overall bag profile is sleek, and it rides very comfortably on my back. The zippers could work a bit more smoothly, so I just have to be more patient with them. VERY pleased with this purchase!
August 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MIbuckeye Very versatile
I bought this for my son in college who had his previous LLBean backpack stolen from his car. It is great for books, laptop/tablet, and workout clothes all at the same time. Plus, my three sons have always had LLBean backpacks. They don't wear out! (One of my other sons was hit by a car, but his LLBean backpack protected his laptop and it was fine. My son only needed a few staples, too.)
August 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by KyCats13 Loved the Look and Feel, BUT
I loved the look and feel of this laptop backpack, BUT my 17 inch, HP, EliteBook laptop would not fit in the laptop sleeve. I would suggest that the manufacturer revise the design to have a slightly expandable sleeve. Everything else about the backpack was exactly as expected. I'm sad to say that I had to return it and move on to another product.
August 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tutita Excelent choice for day pack
This pack has a perfect size and stile !!!
July 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by richb123 Great Size and Flexibility
I really appreciate the size of this backpack, and the number and placement of pockets. I bought it specifically to serve as a secondary bag on a trip to Europe, and it had plenty of places to put glasses, passports, tickets, and devices. It could also easily hold a jacket. I also really like the top opening for the main storage area. Overall I think this is a great backpack for the money.
July 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by azcheesehead Pricey
This an outstanding day pack, Well made with the the right amount of pockets. My only negative critique is the price. Compared to other similar day packs the $99 price on this item was at the top. But all in all I am happy with the purchase.
July 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by PhotoProffessor Very Sturdy Backpack
I ordered the backpack to replace an L.L. Bean backpack I have been traveling with for 4 years. Because I need a Backpack that is light, holds my cameras, etc. plus a computer, and other essential travel gear, the size of this pack works well. I also like the ease of getting to my documents, pens, sunglasses, etc. from the side pockets. The pack fit's is very comfortable as well as being well balanced.
The only flaw I have encountered is the pack is hard to manipulate when going through airport security, primarily internationally. Because there is only a single top entry into the main compartment. So when airport authorities in Germany, Finland, or even US, want to see the cameras, or other gear it is difficult to get to without taking everything out of the pack.
I feel the pack will hold up well do to the hard wear it will endour on the road. It should also double well as a day pack to carry my cameras and daily needs for hikes to some of the remote areas I travel to for photography.
July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grifffy Great not Perfect
I bought this backpack to replace a travel-battered conventional nylon computer bag. I have used it for two months, including a trip to Asia, proving it superior to that standard-issue case in every way. High grade materials, tough bottom, tight zippers and a lot of flexibility make it versatile. I have not subjected it to very much rain but it looks like a waterproof design. I looked at famous brands from Helsinki, Geneva and those popular ones seen on college campuses. This was the best at a very competitive cost.
But first three quibbles.
As others note, zipping the main compartment takes two hands if a few wrist flicks don?t get it going. Bean could put a little tab or loop right where the zipper meets the back panel: something to grab as you pull the zipper away from its fully open position. Awkwardly pinching the zipper or grabbing cloth to get it started runs counter to the many other well designed features.
The top hand hold between the shoulder straps is too small. My 20-year old Bean Continental Rucksack has a better one. Ends sewn only 2 inches apart make it too narrow. The 3/4 inch web material is folded over so the thinness and that spacing makes it squeeze and cut into fingers when hauling it for more than a few minutes. Sew it in on the outboard edges of the shoulder straps to give it a 7 inch stance and use a wide piece of web. A lot of comparable packs overmold a plastic grip on that web. Think of it as a brief case when grabbing here and design a handle to acknowledge that.
The last issue is a plus and a minus. This is a tall, deep pack. I like that. But it sits about 18? tall making it hard to fit under an airline seat. Some flight attendants might insist you stow it overhead, an issue on full flights. The height also means it doesn't slide easily under my leg. I like to tuck it behind my calf when stuffed into a van or seated in a crowded airport waiting area.
On the plus side, the pack holds more than my old case while offering great organization. The top pouch holds the things I need to grab quickly. The side pouches swallow up all stuff road warriors need. The pen organizer puts a neat row of needed tools at hand. Some say the sides crowd the main compartment, but not me.
The nicely padded laptop sleeve measures about 10 inches wide, right for keeping mid-sized computers off the ground. Sewn onto that, an easy access kangaroo pouch for a glass-faced devices runs about 8? x 9? with a protective fleece liner.
As mentioned this pack has depth. A few points: I use freezer bags to organize lesser-used accessories deep in the bottom. Some stiff foam padding cut to size makes a self-leveling false floor, for a flat surface above the storage space. It protects my file folders and keeps stray items from falling all the way down the well. The depth also helps at the top. With room above the binders and brochures, one can stuff things there on the run.
Lastly, the tall cut helps keep everything close to the back for less fatigue. Others trudging through the airport have packs with tiered pouches like pyramid steps up the back of hunched over travelers. This trim unit curves across the shoulder blades like a jetpack.
The chest buckle does a fine job holding the pack on the pull handle of my roll-aboard. The shoulder straps are wide and comfortable as either a single shoulder sling-over or with both carrying the load.
A great pack in need of a few tweaks.
June 28, 2015