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Good general usage backpack NOT FOR SERIOUS USE
on August 4, 2013
I'm in the US Military (Infantry) so I've used assault packs and know what I like in them. I wasn't expecting a backpack that was purely functional and tough, but wanted something that I would still be able to take out backpacking, travel, general use, etc. I have yet to put serious usage in mine (and probably won't after getting it), but I can already tell you the issues with it...
Despite what people say about quality, the quality of this bag is only decent. This thing will not endure serious heavy usage, you can't hump up a 14er with 35lbs of junk, throw it to the ground upon arriving to the summit, proceed to sit on it and have lunch, it's just not that kinda bag. Some of the features on this backpack are basically rendered useless because of the inability to endure serious stress. The 3 brackets on the back...why? The plastic plate that acts as a base plate for them isn't strong enough to support much secured weight, thus there's not much point to it. What are they for anyways? Are we hanging pots and pans from our backpacks now? I may just manually take the brackets off and sew on a velcro patch to cover the area. The velcro straps on the sides that act as fasteners..again, why? The pockets are small enough that if anything is in them the velcro straps aren't really further securing them. Maybe if you were planning on carrying around tiny kittens or puppies in those pockets and you didn't want them to jump out. They should be more designed for water bottles. If you think they're for externally securing equipment I'll tell you now that the straps aren't heavy duty enough for that. The metal carrying handle is beyond unnecessary, it's no stronger than a strap and adds dead weight. And finally perhaps the biggest useless feature is the waist belt. This bag isn't going to be carrying around enough weight that a belt would do any good, besides that, who uses those with backpacks? I'm contemplating just cutting off the waist belt if it doesn't hurt the integrity of the bag. If you're using waist belts for anything other than a rucksack then you're a creep.
Alright, those are my biggest cons. So I'll name off my pros...
The bag looks good, it wears well (on me), and is good for civilian use. For general usage purposes this is good quality, but as I said, this is not your pack if you're looking for heavy duty usage. I notice a lot of people talk about the excellent quality of this backpack, I can only assume this bag is being used for general purposes by most. The details are nice on the bag, the hooks and zipper handles are totally pointless, but they look quality. For traveling this bag is great, I have compartment that keep my electronics and sensitive items hidden away. Despite what people say about the second pocket being hard to access underneath the large flap -- I like this, it allows me to put my IDs, money, electronics in a compartment that I know is hard for thieves to access. If I'm standing somewhere crowded with my bag on my back I always feel a little weary that someone could unzip a pocket and search around. The bag has a good deal of room for stuffing. When I travel overseas I like to pack light, this bag allows me to have a carry on where I can fit a good amount of clothes in. It has a laptop pocket with side access, that's very convenient, I hate opening up a bag and unpacking a layer to pull my laptop/ipad out. The bottom of the backpack has a compartment that is unzippable and sealed off from the rest of the interior, I personally like to put my shoes in this pocket because I don't have to worry about sand and dirt getting everywhere on the inside, in my clothes, electronics, whatever else. The top compartment for sunglasses is perhaps a little overblown, but it is nice to have a little compartment for delicate items and quick access to personal belongings. I can imagine that over time this hardened foam compartment will likely collapse, time will tell.
Overall this bag is overpriced at $200 (I paid half price from Oakley) for what it functions as. I would say it's 75% fashion and 25% function. But if you're using this as a general usage backpack then I'm sure you're okay with it. It looks good, the ladies (and possibly some dudes) will comment on what a faux bad-ass you look like. Now that you've read my review you can revel in the knowledge that this backpack is not a serious heavy duty backpack but will make you seem like a cool guy to the casual person who has no idea of quality. With that said I will be using this backpack, just don't take yourself too seriously with it in public.