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on January 19, 2008
Rather than review how much I like the bag (the 5 stars should be an indicator), I thought I'd give some information about the pocket/pouch arrangement I couldn't find before I purchased. Information I think will perhaps be helpful to others looking at this product.
The bag has a zipper pocket on the front flap that can be used to store very thin items such as papers. I don't use it a great deal except when I need to simply stuff something into the bag quickly without opening the main compartment. Opening the bag there is another pouch on the inside of the flap that has a transparent plastic lining. This is also best for very thin articles such as papers. I've found this pouch excellent for contact lists (work related) because I can find information such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses at a glance.
The main body of the bag has one medium sized velcro pouch that is quite sturdy and that I use to store my flash drives and address book (perfect fit for this pouch). Above this there are two smaller pouches, one of which is also velcro and perfect for smaller items such as business cards and PDAs. The second is a series of pen/pencil slots (which are great) with a small storage area in the back for loose items. I haven't found much use for this small storage area however, as it has no velcro and I worry somewhat about items falling out.
Behind these pouches is the main body of the bag, which is surprisingly spacious. At any given time I'm usually carrying around about three folders, a half inch or so of paperwork, two notepads, two books, my wrist brace, and some Netflix movies. On a bit of a side note, part of the reason I chose this bag over others of the type is I hoped it would have a bit more structure in that I wouldn't have to worry about loose papers getting crushed and wrinkled in the bag. It definitely keeps things tidy. This is in large part due to the main compartment having a very thin divider that you can slide loose papers into that will hold them snugly. Also, the entire bag has a rigid back (semi-hard plastic) so it keeps shape and remains comfortable to wear.
One side of the bag has a small velcro pouch that seems pretty ideally sized for things like lighters, matches, etc. The other side has a somewhat taller pouch that I use to keep a small flashlight. There are also some very thin pouches on the sides above the two I described, but I've never found a use for them personally. A final note on the side pouches is that you can get into them easily even while wearing the bag.
Lastly, the back of the bag even zips open to reveal a bay of slots that seem designed for tools (this is modeled after an engineer's bag don't forget), and another space on the back flap with a rigid back that is ideal for keeping loose papers organized. I haven't used this back pouch yet as I've not even filled up the front and I imagine it's very hard to get into while wearing the bag.
In short, the bag has a space, pouch, slot, or compartment for pretty much anything; and it's great for keeping your items both organized and protected.