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Holds 4 classes of books
on December 15, 2009
Perfect for campus. Huge pockets, fits 17" laptop plus cords. Handles great including on rough surfaces and up steps. Definitely a keeper!
I bought this particular bag because it had the biggest dimensions. I'm taking 4 college classes and three of them are back to back without time to go back to my car in between. This bag is big enough to fit all of my things.
In the main pocket I regularly put 3 spiral notebooks (about 3/4" each), 3 textbooks (3/4"-1.5"), 3 smaller books (1" total), and 4 folders (1" total). It still has room for either my wallet (a monster thing at about 3"x4"x6") or another 1" textbook.
The computer pocket is well-padded. It easily fits my 17" laptop. It has a padded divider that velcros in place to set the horizontal width. Even with my laptop being so large, the space remaining between the padded strip and the edge of the case is the perfect size for the power adapter cord. There is sufficient room in that middle pocket to put a folder when I wanted to.
The front area has pockets and loops for pens and whatnots. The loops for holding pencils or pens are too loose to be helpful but they are the perfect size for regular sized highlighters. The pockets are very deep in that front pouch which is good for holding larger things like headphones or a decent sized calculator. I have my headphones in one and the other I filled up with small things. It has a long, removable, zippered pouch that fits in the front pocket that appears to be for a spare battery but I carry my pens, pencils, and other small office supplies in it.
As far as handling goes, it surpassed my expectations. The handle is long enough that it doesn't trip me from behind as I walk. It turns accurately. I can push it if I want (like to back up or to get out of a crowded elevator). The placement of the rear wheels allows it to handle smooth, bumpy, and uneven surfaces. It handled gravel, leaves, ice, and a thin layer of snow. (We haven't had anything deeper than that yet.)
Best of all, it can go up steps. The small step to our porch is no problem, regular sized steps on campus are fine going up. The step into my house has a little overhang so I need to push the bag out with my foot as I pull it through but that's the only step I've ever had problems with. I can take them down as well but I don't want to slam my laptop around any more than necessary. The handle is plenty padded for lifting it up and walking down the stairs. (It has a shoulder strap too but I've never used it.)
The only problem I've had with it, and I was hard-pressed to come up with one, is that it isn't weighted in such a way that if the back pocket is empty and the front pocket has stuff in it, it will tip forward when set on the ground. This is so easy to fix or to tolerate if I have stacked it weird, that it hardly qualifies as a problem.
I am so glad I got this bag! I hope it holds up to wear and tear. I suspect it will as it seems very durable and strong.