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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First impression is mixed, July 25, 2012
This review is from: High Sierra Access Backpack (Sports)
I bought this yesterday from our friends at [store name refers to an office consumable] for about half of list price. First impression is that it's very clever. The video on the mfr website stars the founder, who seems a little surprised that his ginormous beasty continues to sell so well.

Pros: Ginormous. Generally well made. Less clunky than a backpackable "Euro-briefcase" I got from Costco Online a few years ago.

Neutral: The colors! The colors! (Sorry, flashback.) If you buy a weird one, there's no risk of losing it in the crowd. The rain fly is unique in my experience of school packs. Untested; may work. The gal who said it was hard to fold away the fly confuses me, as I just faked it and jammed it. Not sure about fitting a 17" laptop; I'll try to find one to stuff in. I noted one reviewer-lady said the pack fit her badly, while another lady said it fit her fine. Sternum strap has some vertical adjustability, but see below.

Cons:

Superficial: Even the founder had trouble making the zipper pulls glide around the curves. Ginormous is a two-way street, as it sticks out behind in the subway almost as much as my Eurocase.

Substantial: This product seems to be a work in progress; mine is either very old or very young:

(1)Unless other reviewers were misidentifying theirs as this one, the numbers of outside and inside zippers may each be down. The beverage pocket has no zipper, and the rain fly bottom compartment is now velcro(R) sealed.
(3)The danger of losing the fly is sort-of overcome--it's now tethered.
(4)The "TechSpot" feature "for a 12"x11" tablet" is either nothing or an unpadded pocket on the main-chamber face of the padded laptop sleeve. If "TechSpot" refers to the quick-access zipper for the laptop, it's handy but over-hyped--and may let rain soak in, as it isn't hooded.
(5)There may once have been a velcro(R) holddown strap on the laptop sleeve, as shown in a possibly-erroneous photo. This has been deleted if it was ever there.
(6)The sternum strap is clinched to piping instead of wrapping around the main strap or the like. It looks doomed, but I made one for my Eurobag from Basspro repair parts, so I can migrate it over if necessary--you can, too.
(7)The waist strap is skinny webbing, not padded in any way, unlike one reviewer's statement. Possibly handy on a bike; I recall faking one up to keep a heavy book pack from shifting, back in the day. There's a place to tuck it away for on-foot commuting, since it can't take weight off your shoulders.
(8)You reviewer guys live much more exciting lives than I do!
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