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JanSport builds world-class Outdoor packs for many people-from the most technical mountaineer, to the weekend hiker, to those who want to take a piece of the outdoors along with them every day. We pack our Outdoor gear with innovation and technology to meet challenges head on. That's what we've been doing for over forty years. And what drives us today.
- Package Dimensions: 19.5 x 14.5 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- ASIN: B0035F1IDA
- Item model number: TLA05SP
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 22, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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I was pleasantly surprised when the Agave arrived to my home, it has a deceptively large capacity! I actually had room for everything and more. The bag itself is very well made, with a good solid feel to it. The material is sturdy and the bag holds its shape when taken off. Zippers, clips, and adjustment rings all operate fairly smoothly and feel to be high quality.
The main compartment is large, but unstructured. There is a laptop sleeve, but it feels to be more of an afterthought than than an original design point. The sleeve is made of thin fabric with a elastic band at the top - it does hold the laptop in place but offers very little protection against other items in the main compartment. This wasn't a problem for me, but for some it may become an issue. Other than the laptop sleeve, the main compartment offers no other structure, no sleeves for documents, electronics, books or folders. This is not a business-class backpack so if you are looking for those features, look at another product.
Other compartments offer a series of pockets, both fabric and mesh, and serves as a great place to store travel goods, chargers, etc.
My only real complaint with the bag was the cushioning on the straps and back. It's a solid foam, rather than a mesh type, and does not breathe well, leading to sweaty shoulders and back after extended wear. If you're looking for extended use in hot or humid conditions, you might look to a different product.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this pack and as a casual user, feel it suits my needs. Its great for weekend trips and general purpose on the go. Now that I have it, I find myself using it more often then I had expected.
In Summary: Best bag you'll ever find for your money.
1- The back is not stiff enough to hold the shape if there are oddly shaped things in the back pack. Now I don't expect to not feel that there is something round in the bag if I have a basketball in there, but I do expect the stiffness of the back to withstand a pair of tennis shoes for example.
2- The zippers are not very good quality. They catch on themselves and I am waiting for the day when they completely break (which I wouldn't be too mad about because then I could justify getting a new backpack).
3- If you have things in the two big compartments, then the front vertical zipper pocket is really weird to use because things fall to the bottom and are squished to the front of the pack. It doesn't work well.
4- The waist belt is pretty much useless- it is there just to have more high speed straps. It doesn't help with lumbar support.
I commute to Boston daily for work from the suburbs and this bag is perfect for the kind of usage I have. I carry a laptop, phone chargers, few documents, a snack pack and a few miscelleanous things. My 15" laptop fits, but not the kind of snug fit that I expected from it, that's the reason I am giving it 4 stars.
The straps are comfortable and ergonomic, won't stress your shoulders the chest strap gives you added comfort because it solidifies the position of the bag on your back, and gives you a feeling of security which is necessary if you are taking a crowded subway every morning.
Overall, a great buy!
Two large compartments one of which has a laptop sleeve.
Second large compartment has plenty of smaller "pouch" areas to store stuff like spare cell charger and other assorted items.
Two water bottle sleeves on either side of the backpack.
Thickly padded shoulder straps.
The cross chest strap really takes some of the pressure off the lower back.
Shoulder strap length could be a bit longer. I'm a large guy and I have to extend them all the way to wear the backpack.
Laptop sleeve does not have a top or other means to firmly secure a laptop.
Overall this is a decent backpack but being a large person I'd probably opt for something with longer shoulder straps next time.