Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2011
Well, it's not made in Switzerland! It's clearly labeled "Made in China" and there's evidence of Chinese craftsmanship like the way the rubber triangle on the front didn't quite line up with the red triangle under it. There were also a few "tongues" poking out from under the stitching in other areas where things weren't quite lined up when sewn together. I guess there's only so much you can expect from a Chinese little girl who's probably making fifteen cents an hour. Because of this, it probably wouldn't make a tasteful gift for someone. Swiss Army knives are still made in Switzerland. This doesn't have the same quality as a Wenger or Victorinox Swiss Army knife.

But it's still one of the strongest backpacks I've seen. The price for it seems fair, but I wouldn't pay more. I'm not worried about the straps breaking. The steel cable handle is a little gimmicky; I mean it's still strong, but it's still attached with plastic attachments (that are pretty strong too); clearly, if something breaks, it's going to break where it attaches. And there's another regular nylon handle behind it, above the straps, that doesn't seem to serve any purpose other than to get in the way.

The really good thing is that it's super comfortable! The straps don't try to slide off my shoulders like they do on most backpacks. And it vented on the back better than most vented backpacks so it's not too hot in the summer humidity and doesn't make me sweat.

It stands upright on it's own which is interesting but I'm not sure it's necessary.

The pockets, especially the ones inside other pockets are tiny and don't make sense. I think they just tossed in some random tiny pockets and didn't give it much thought.

The compartment that holds the laptop is oddly large and could hold your laptop and a week's worth of groceries. But the compartment in front of it is kind of small. They should have switched sizes of those. I just need my laptop to fit in one compartment, but I want to put a lot of other things in the non-laptop compartments.

I carry it to work at the office every day in DC where a backpack is standard urban equipment. I am happy with it but the quality just isn't what I'm used to from the Swiss Army companies.
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