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Almost perfect, almost. (UPDATED)
on March 9, 2015
Update January 2016 - One of the side mesh pockets has broken after such a (in my opinion) short period of time. I did not even overstuff it, just a simple water bottle I put in there. Every other part of this bag is robust, I don't understand why the skimping on the mesh pockets. I would have been better off buying a bag from a big company than bothering with this. Quite disappointed.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I purchased this bag as I often find myself caught out in less than perfect weather on my travels and I normally carry everything around with me wherever I go. I was going to purchase an Ortlieb backpack but decided to go out on a limb and purchase this bag as it was a good price and seemed to have more features. I took this bag with me on my trip to Europe for the past month and it did not disappoint. It kept my electronics and clothing dry during the duration of time I spent in London out on a bike, and it also endured being checked in and being thrown around by baggage handlers at the airport. The reflective strip on the back of the bag was definitely a plus in terms of being extra visible to cars in urban areas (especially when cycling!). The padding is very well done as well, it almost feels effortless carrying this bag considering it isn't internal/external frame based.
As a plus, I found that if I packed this bag to it's maximum capacity and strapped down the two side clips it fit perfectly within most airline carry on dimensions.
I rated this bag 4 stars rather than 5 for a few minor problems that I had with it:
1. I did not realize that the bag was smaller at the bottom and got wider towards the top before I purchased it, this is something that I am not used to and it was slightly annoying as I constantly felt it seemed deceptively smaller than it actually looked. Also, because of this the bag is less likely to be able to stand on it's own in my experience, it just kept on falling over when I would put it on the ground because of it's seemingly high center of gravity. Now that I own the bag I can see this is obvious from the picture but I couldn't tell before I purchased it. (Personal preference I guess).
2. The exterior pocket is ridiculously deep and inaccessible if the bag is full to the brim like I have it packed normally. Since the bag is understandably tough to have access to anything in the main compartment, the zipper pocket is a nice touch but I found it useless since I had to squeeze my hand in there and get all the way to the bottom to grab anything I needed (e.g. Passport).
3. I have two bottles that are always in the mesh pockets on either side of the bag, I'm not sure if it is a defect or they are just not so robust but these mesh pockets seem like they are going to become detached from the bag at any moment. I'm not sure if it's the way that they are attached to the bag but they seem flimsy. Time will tell if they hold up. On another note the bungee part of the bag seems extremely strong and robust.