So, what do I want out of my next laptop and what must it include?
Incase City Backpack
It says for 17-inch Macbook but any laptop will do
- Fits many small items
- Plush, scratch-proof pockets
- Dedicated laptop and tablet sleeves
- Not good for bulky items
- Bit dull looking
- Doesn't repel water
Comfy and great for holding any size of laptop and other technology.It's inconspicuous and dull-looking for some, though.
Price$ 200.00 (AUD)
The City Backpack is a very compact, laptop-optimised rucksack. It’s inconspicuous in appearance, has a heap of specialist pockets and sleeves and is almost tardis-like in it’s carrying abilities.
There are three main compartments. Up against the back is a plush-lined, padded sleeve for your laptop (up to 17-inches). This is surrounded by a padded buffer which runs all the way round the compartment. It's easily accessible and well-padded although there’s nothing at the top to hold a laptop in should the bag take a tumble. The rest of this compartment is only a few inches wide but enough to cram in documents or, with a bit of effort, a gym kit including trainers - but not much more.
The next major compartment consists of open-top pockets including a large netted one plus a zip pocket. Again there’s not much room for other stuff but you’ll manage some documents and a basic gym kit so long as the first compartment isn’t already full. It’s all a squeeze but nothing ever protrudes too far away from your back.
A plush-lined top pocket is very useful for things like phones. We tended to overuse this thanks to its generous size which made things a bit top heavy, but that’s no fault of the bag. Two more pockets reside next to the outside layer – one of which is an easy-access, padded sleeve for an iPad-sized tablet.
All in all, it’s a compact sized backpack with three levels for filing stuff. Everything is kept snug and secure although you can’t carry bulky items easily.
We’re big fans of the light-coloured (beige) interior – if it was dark we’d struggle to find things in low light. The outside “triple coated durable polyester weave” fabric kept things waterproof although water clung to it without sliding off. On rainy days we’d take off the backpack and it would be very wet - covered in beads of water. We’d prefer a hydrophobic coating to avoid this.
Our bag is dark-grey although it is officially designated, "black." A “gunmetal” grey variant is also available and there’s a smaller, “compact” version which houses a 15-inch laptop for $50 less.
While there were times we wished we could fit more bulky items into the bag, we found it was good for carrying many small items and it was relatively comfortable even when quite heavy. Interior bright-green trim adds a stylish element but this is only visible when the zips are opened. Otherwise it’s a generally dull, inconspicuous grey – which is what you want when the contents are expensive. We’re a bit concerned that the ‘tablet’ pocket is exposed on the outside – thieving types can easily access that in a crowded space. But for less-troubled Australian environments, this is less of an issue.
All in all we really liked this bag. It’s expensive though and we’d like to spray it with a hydrophobic coating to stop water collecting on the outside. But we could fit in a great many small items and find them again quite easily. The bag can be bought from Rushfaster.com.au.
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