High Sierra Access Backpack (20 x 15 x 9.5-Inch, Purple Print)
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- Front compartment with convenient side access zipper. Tuck-away rain cover. Mesh beverage compartment on the side. Premium multi-pocket organizer with key fob.
- Easy access deluxe media pocket, with headphone port, holds various sizes of cell phones
- VAPEL mesh padded grab handle and deluxe back panel with tuck-away waist belt. Adjustable side compression straps
- Materials: Diamond Ripstop, Mini-Ripstop, 600-denier Duralite Size: 20" x 15" x 9.5" Capacity: 2743 cubic-Inch
- Multi-compartment design.
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Here are my observations:
+ Quality; this is made from good material and is well constructed
+ Design; lots of conveniently placed pockets
+ Comfort; nicely padded and distributes weight
+ Size; nicely sized for 15" laptops (a 17" would fit) and sundry school supplies
+ Rain Cover; stores nicely in dedicated compartment on bottom of pack
There really isn't anything we don't like with the design, functionality, or durability.
Love the expandability and all the pockets. Seems durable.
I first noticed that the zipper on the main pocket was hard to zip over the top, even if there was nothing in it. I thought the flap was maybe a teensy bit too tight, or too stiff... and that it would improve with use.
Then I noticed that the odd little velcro pouch that comes with it was sewn lazily and thus is too small (and lopsided) for anything to go in it. Not sure what it was intended for... a tiny cellphone or walkie-talkie?
But I recently put the backpack to the test, on two small (week-long) trips. Both involved carrying it through the airport; the latter involved carting my laptop around as I attended conference sessions. And that's when I figured out - something is very wrong with this pack. My back hurt quite a bit, but I thought I just hadn't gotten the straps adjusted right. When I took it off, and turned it around so I was looking at the part that touches your back, where the straps are attached, I realized that they are sewn on crooked. There is no way the pack can balance properly, or zip shut elegantly (see above).
I have to say, I'm disappointed in myself - that I didn't notice this right off the bat. I'm usually more vigilant, especially when purchasing online. But I'm even more disappointed in High Sierra, that they would let such a product pass inspection and be sold. I would be wary of buying any of their products now...
Very disappointed. I thought it would last the school year at least
There were a few features I wanted in a new bag: a separate laptop compartment big enough for a 17" laptop, lots of internal pockets, a key ring latch, a pocket for a water bottle, an easily accessible zippered pocket on the top, and both around-the-waist and across-the-chest straps. This bag had it all and I have been very happy with it over the last 16 months. HOWEVER...
On the very front is a short strap sewn to the bag to form several finger loops. One of these loops broke on DAY ONE. Another broke shortly after that and the last one broke within 6 months. Personally, I found the loops to be less-than-ideal in size from the start, so when the first one broke I actually found it to be an improvement (I could grab the bag from the front much more easily). But , with all of them broken, the strap created a catching hazard which has caused problems on more than a few occasions.
Overall, I really like the bag. It is very spacious, padded, has lots of compartments (some secret, some not so much), and is capable of distributing 60+ pounds relatively evenly across my chest and waist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's been 4 years and my backpack is almost as good as new! Love it!Published 11 months ago by stephanie ayon
I bought this backpack in 2011 and it has lasted me through three years of college, a road trip across the country, to Italy, and several family vacations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by spunky_pitter
It's also one of the largest. If your looking for seriously high quality, lots of room, and a secret compartment. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Raouf
I bought this bag in 2012 for my son who was starting junior high school. It is now the end of the 2013-2014 academic year and the bag is in excellent condition. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Kay
Love the color, love the amount of space and pockets it has. Has perfect room for 13" Macbook Pro plus a slit for ipad to fit into. Its also very comfortable. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by ama55465