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Great bag so far
on September 4, 2010
I bought this bag along with the Lowepro Fastpack 350 to compare them to see which one would be best for me. The previous reviews of the Wolverine that mentioned not being able to fit a laptop in the laptop compartment had me worried, and I wanted to make sure I had a bag that would work for my upcoming trip. The outer dimensions of my laptop are 14.5 x 10.5 (15.4" widescreen Sony Vaio). It does fit in the laptop compartment, but I have to slide it diagonally in towards the top of the bag first, then work the bottom part in. It's not easy, but the upside is, there's no way the laptop will fall out if you forget to zip it up. I don't have a 17" laptop handy to see if it will fit in the bag, but if I had to guess I would say no.
Other than that, this bag is everything it claims to be. It has enough pockets and compartments to please the most serious packrat, the construction seems top notch, the shoulder and waist straps are comfortable with lots of available adjustment. It's not a small bag, but is comparable to the Fastpack 350 in size (which isn't nearly as comfortable by the way). The Wolverine is a little heavier than the Fastpack 350, but the Wolverine's material is more durable. The included rain cover is a nice touch as well. The thing I really like about it is that it looks just like a normal backpack. There's nothing about it that proclaims to the world that it could be stuffed full of camera equipment.
Another nice thing is the camera padding is removable, and once removed the lower part of the backpack is accessible from the top compartment opening. So if you don't need to use the camera storage area, the space becomes more useful.
End result, I will be returning the Lowepro. Although it is a nice bag, I think I will get more use out of the Wolverine. I'll try to remember to update this review after my trip. Hopefully I will still be pleased with it.