Top positive review
Great compact backpack, feels sturdy, looks classy - RATING CHANGE from 4 to 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
**EDIT** Bumped rating from 4 to 5 stars, liked the backpack so much we bought another in a different color. Just a really straightforward, utilitarian, no frills pack that acts larger than it looks and has held up well under lots of use.
**ORIGINAL REVIEW TEXT**
I was selected to review this backpack in exchange for a $3 AZ gift card, and I need a tin of Altoids, hence the review. But no worries, I won't sell my integrity for mouthful of pepperminty freshness!
My initial thoughts on this backpack:
First, I bought this for a family member to use for school, who needed room for a tablet, folders, thermos and lunch, and other miscellany. It's not a large pack, but the layout is well planned. The main inner pocket is spacious; the laptop pocket is well padded throughout.
The water bottle pockets are excellent! They're tall, no cheap mesh that rips, but made of the same material as the pack and wide enough for a Contigo or other similarly wide bottle. Plus the pockets have straps to secure extra tall bottles, so bless their hearts, whoever designed the water bottle pockets. There is a special heaven for just them, seriously.
The other pockets are good, all exterior, a few zip pockets and an easy access one that closes with magnets. The only quibble (ripping old-timey word there) I have is is that I like pocket slots for pens or notebooks or sunglasses or the business cards of 7 yo social media influencers, and this pack has none of that fancy stuff.
I gave the pack 4 stars for now, because it hasn't been used long enough to test its durability or carrying comfort, but from my years of being a practiced quality snob, my first impressions of the thickness and padding used for the straps and pack body are positive.
Again, this isn't a long (tall) pack, but it has a compact efficiency of space that can hold all the basics.