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Everki - Style that falls apart
on March 2, 2012
I'm writing this review after owning the backpack for approximately 13 months and 1 week. I purchased it in mid Jan. 2011, and it was just replaced yesterday, having finally fallen apart enough that I no longer trusted it to carry my laptop.
- The laptop section is generously sized and easily fit my 15.6 inch laptop.
- There are numerous small-to-mid sized pockets, pouches, compartments, etc. to hold mice, cables, pens, and other smaller items that would get lost in larger sections.
- The bottom is fairly tough and appears to be at least somewhat water resistant; I have no worries setting the pack on the ground.
- Reasonably sleek look
- I would have appreciated more padding around the laptop area, but I can't say it's any worse than the majority of other laptop packs I've looked at.
- The stitching does not hold up over time. The rubbery section on the upper right strap (if you were wearing the pack) with the Everki logo has ripped on both the top and bottom seam. The bottom left strap is tearing in the middle. Strings are hanging loose from the straps and a number of seams. The breaking point was when the "knot" at the very end of the bottom left strap ripped apart, leaving only the right strap remotely usable.
I've been using backpacks for school and work for over 20 years, and this backpack was loaded with less weight and was, by far, treated gentler than any other (after all, my laptop was it it). This being the case, I'm disappointed that this backpack has been among the least durable, with stitching ripping as if I was loading it down with 100lbs of weight (reality: ~10-12 pounds).
- The side pockets are made of the same material as the backpack and do not stretch in the slightest. Anything placed in these side pockets, assuming you can fit it in, is going to press into the backpack. You can see in the product pictures that it's a tight fit and the drink bottle is really jammed in. The pockets would have been much more useful had they had some elasticity or been made larger such that they weren't nearly flush with the backpack.
If you buy this backpack or see it in person, you'll tug on the straps, pull the handle, check the seams and decide this and other reviews on Amazon mentioning the stitching durability must have been written by crazy folks; after all, the backpack *feels* strong. As the months go by though, you may find a small rip along a seam somewhere and wonder how it happened. Then maybe you'll find another. Soon enough there will be noticeable structural problems and you won't trust your laptop to this backpack; then you'll be on Amazon writing a review like this.