Jason Sprague – Verified Buyer
It is well made and great materials.
What I wish was different:
1. Longer shoulder strap. I am 6'0" tall and wish the should strap was another six inches longer so I could where it across my chest as I have a 50" chest.
2. I wish there were more clip-points where I could clip keys and other small bags.
3. I wish there was one easy access pocket where I can easily stow a newspaper or magazine.
4. I wish the side pockets were much more advanced with both storage capability as well as holders for water bottles.
What I love:
A. The silent opening.
B. The size! Great for my laptop and my client files.
C. It stands up!
Thanks for a fantastic bag! I will be using it all over Europe in the year ahead as I will be working abroad.
Eric Ricker – Verified Buyer
I -rip- through bags. I can easily shred 3 backpacks in a single year. It comes from a lack of caring on my part, and rough treatment for the most part. I spend a lot of time commuting, so the bags I use get used. A lot.
I'm a 15" laptop guy, have a couple notepads, a couple DS, an ipad, headphones, earbuds, phone, etc etc.
Everything fits, easily. I've managed to squeeze a -lot- of stuff in there at various times. Like, multiple laptops, external drives, all sorts of stuff, and still been able to comfortably lug it around for a few miles at a time.
The best feature is definitely the magnet closure tabs. I rarely clip my bag closed, because well... the magnets rule. There is something to be said for being able to open and close your bag silently.
My main love of this bag is the comfort while carrying it cross shoulder style. I can tell it's definitely heavy, but it distributes across my body really well. I've had some bags that cut into the shoulder, or put pressure on a particular muscle group, but this one spreads it out nicely so I can carry the weight with my whole frame.
For the record, I got Tuxedo Tweed, with Saffron banding and label. It's really sharp, and I don't like anything yellow. This bag is awesome though. I think the next one I'll get is the slim version of the commuter... but based on wear to date, it's going to be a few years before I have to cross that bridge.
Jason Tashea – Verified Buyer
I like the bag a lot. It lives up to its name by being stout. The seems are great. Everything feels bombproof on it.
I wish It was a little bigger. I'm a law student at the moment and carry a lot of books and with my computer, a textbook and my lunch, the bag is at capacity. I wish it was a little fatter to accommodate just a little more. Once I have my rainpants in the bag, it is even a little tough to close the latches. That being said, even if the bag wasn't made to be fatter. The clips could be on a longer strap allowing the bag to stuffed a little more.
The only real complaint I have, however, are the two mesh pouches on the sides of the bag. The are too small to be useful. They are a bit shallow for a Nalgene and only really useful for bike gloves or an iPod.
All of that being said, I would buy this bag again. Its been great and totally worth the money.
JED GODSEY – Verified Buyer
Bag is of great quality, but frustrating in it's execution. It appears that no-on put much thought into where in the bag some one would place their things. In most cases it's very difficult to walk/bike/etc. and get what you want out of the bag without stopping. The most obvious case is the pen/card/document portion of the bag, which is on the body side of the bag when you are wearing it. if you want to quickly get a pen out, you have to literally stop and pull the bag away from you with to hands, then unzip the pocket, then get the pen... the placement also makes it impossible to sort through things while wearing the bag.
The zippered pockets in the front seem designed to get things lost. The velcro mechanisms on the two side pockets are really difficult to manipulate with one hand and without looking. One of them fits my phone fine, but the other is narrow and doesn't fit anything well. I'd like to put my keys there but the velcro is awkward and they would probably fall out anyway.
Things with no convenient place to put them:
unmentioned pros: strap construction makes it a great place to stick a sweatshirt/gym towel/whatever so that it doesn't stuffup your bag.
I have had this bag for about a year and a half and use it every day. The bag still looks brand new. There are no signs of wear, Velcro, zippers and elastic are still working great like they did the first day. I am a very organized person and all the organization compartments on this bag are great and never get in the way! I would highly recommend this bag!