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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2007
I purchased this Civita backpack in Navy Blue, to take on a 3 week trip to Italy, and it did it's job. I used it as my purse carry on for the plane. It held everything I asked of it on a daily basis, and wasn't terribly uncomfortable, though the straps did wear on the shoulders. It was nice and light weight. Most of my travel was by train and this pack was toted and shoved quite a bit, though always by my side.

When I got home and went to wash it (boy, did it need a bath) I noticed a hole in the outside zipper compartment, where the fabric had just worn through. There was also lots of fraying at the seams. I didn't wash it for fear that it would fall apart. Now I know I didn't pay a lot for this bag, but I did expect it to last longer than 3 weeks.

So I really liked the bag (good design), but feel that the material, and workmanship could definitely be bumped up a notch, or 3. IMHO
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2007
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I lugged this backpack all over Scandinavia and Russia this summer. It's lightweight on its own, and the low profile (no "techie" extras) deters thieves. The shoulder straps cut slightly into my armpits after wearing it all day long, but I've yet to find a backpack that doesn't. This one's padded better than most, and has a surprisingly large capacity. It's become my favorite day pack.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2007
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: Black
If you are a person with a relatively slight build, this is a fantastic travel companion. It is incredibly light, built well and surprisingly roomy, with well-designed pockets. It helps to keep something rigid like a folder, small laptop or a notebook in the main compartment while wearing it so that the back does not slouch, otherwise its loose construction is very adaptable to whatever you're carrying. It is a bit small, however, for someone with a large frame-- the straps don't extend far enough to give enough slack without it riding up on your back. Still, without any other daypack, this is still a nice companion to carry without taking up space in your luggage.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2008
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The Civita Day Pack is exactly what the day pack is supposed to be and more. I added velcro straps to the top and both sides so that I can roll up a rain jacket and secure it to the outside of the pack. Carrying just the Civita, I can pack a pair of polyester cargo pants, a sweatshirt or wool sweater, underwear, shaving kit, a 75-300mm "Big Beercan" telephoto zoom lens, a book, an umbrella in one of the mesh side pockets, and a bottle of water or soda in the other pocket. Adding the rain gear to the outside, I am good for at least 3 days. Since I usually carry it over one shoulder (unless I am taking photographs), I have never had a problem with discomfort from the straps. The only reason that I don't give this bag a "5" is because I recommend the straps to Rick Steves and he has not followed my idea. Shows you what he knows. (Just kidding, Rick, but you really ought to think about it).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
We bought this bag for a recent 2 week trip to Italy. Since I am a big Rick Steves fan, I thought the bag would be perfect. Turns out I was wrong. The material itself is fine, and the size is deceiving; it holds quite a bit. The problem we had was the zipper- by week 2 it was catching every time we zipped it up. At one point I actually thought it was going to rip the fabric it was so hard to separate the zipper from the fabric. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this product.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 5, 2010
I got one of these daypacks as part of a "membership benefits" package for contributing to public television. I wasn't all that impressed with it when I pulled it out of the package, but I decided it would be easy enough to stick into my suitcase when I went on vacation last year. (I did spray it with silicone waterproofing spray when it was new, which I usually do with new bags and shoes.) It was useful on that trip, so I took it when I went on vacation again last month. It's, as advertised, a good bag for a day trip. I was able to carry, unobtrusively, a point and shoot digital camera, a DSLR, some travel information copied from guidebooks, and the other stuff one needs or wants to have along when out and about. At one point I rolled up my coat and stuffed it into the bag too. I had no problems with the exterior mesh water bottle holders; I had a water bottle in one of them, and used the other one for my UK cell phone.

The shoulder straps are padded. Although I prefer to carry bags like this more like a shoulder bag, using one of the shoulder straps, I briefly carried it in conventional backpack style. It wouldn't have done for a day's hiking, but for sightseeing it was fine. The bag is also small enough that on a crowded Tube train or sidewalk, I could easily swing it around when carrying it by one shoulder strap, and carry it in front of my body.

The bag is so unstructured that it sagged and bagged a bit too much for my taste with just a few things in it. I cut a piece of light cardboard (basically it was the top off a shoe box) to fit and slipped it into the back of the main compartment. That helped give the bag some shape while I carried it. I didn't go so far as to try to fasten the cardboard in place, just slipped it in and it worked OK for me.

Also, if you search around inside the main compartment, you will find a heavy plastic D ring on a fabric tag, sewn into one of the bottom seams. It's intended to be used with a "Rick Steves security pouch," which is a small black fabric pouch with a clip at one end. I don't have one of those, but I have a small black Eagle Creek Travel Gear X-Small Pack-It Sac Organizer which can be clipped on to that D ring. I wouldn't use it for serious cash or my passport, but once it's clipped to the D-ring and lying at the bottom of the bag, it's hard for any "snoopers" to see and it will not fall out of the bag accidentally. So it's a discreet way to stash and secure documents and small items you'd like to keep out of sight when you're rummaging around in the daypack on the go.

I love the feel of the microfiber fabric, and as mine is black it doesn't show much dirt. However, a few days ago, I found that my (small) dog had dragged the empty bag off a chair and had chewed to bits both of the plastic spring-loaded "cord stops" that tighten the mesh water bottle pockets. At a fabric/hobby store I bought two replacement cord stops for a few bucks, and easily replaced the chewed-up ones. After its overseas excursions and dog-chomping, I figured the bag needed a bath. I put it in my front-loading washer on a "casual" but not "delicate" cycle, and it came through just fine, and after line drying it looks like new.

This isn't a heavy-duty all-the-time bag meant to carry heavy loads, but it's been a handy and useful bag for day trips.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2008
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: NavyVerified Purchase
I would like to return this 'Day Pack'. We just returned from 2 weeks in
Europe. The color, size, and pockets on the bag were fine. The main compartment's zipper did not work properly. It continually got stuck and
made getting into and out of the bag combursome. I also found that the 'Day Pack's' major compartment not having any bottom support would
make all of the items get jumbled together on one side. This made locating and pulling out items more difficult. I would not recommend this
product to anyone. I was disappointed in Rick Steves endorsing this bag as we have had good service with other Rick Steves travel items.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2007
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: Black
The pack is comfortable and easy to wear even with heavy items (my computer). When I put it through the washer/dryer, the seams shrank, giving it a shriveled look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: Spruce
I was a little disappointed when I opened the box and saw how small this backpack looked. That was until I realized how much it would hold. I was able to fit so much into this bag, and it still fit comfortably. I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2009
Size Name: one sizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
For most men, this pack is difficult to carry as a backpack, since the straps are closely placed and it is a tight fit. It is light weight and packs easily, taking up little space, but uncomfortable to carry.
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