Reviewed by Snowy winter from Madison WI on Monday, October 13, 2014
Perfect size for a laptop (up to 17") and a few extra things. I love that you can use it either as a backpack or a shoulder bag. The only downside is that the backpack straps don't unlatch; they need to be held to the sides to get things in and out of the main pack compartment. More helpful pockets than what are shown in the description.
Reviewed by Kate from Plymouth, MA on Friday, September 12, 2014
I was looking for a replacement for an old Mountainsmith pack I had for years. Although this isn't a 'technical' bag it is the perfect size for a day hike, an overnight somewhere, or taking on a plane. It has all kinds of pockets and wears nicely on your back. I have a small frame ( 5' 3" 110 lbs) and it fits well. I love the cinch cord to keep everything inside and safe.
Reviewed by aetoole from baltimore on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
The picture doesn't do this pack justice as it has two front zippered pockets, an inside padded area w/ drawstring for laptop and main bag area along w/ a small zippered pocket for little stuff like keys. Love that I can carry this as a shoulder bag too. If you are going to a place that doesn't allow backpacks, simply turn the straps towards you and use as the shoulder bag. It's quite well made and holds a lot of stuff. The interior is light colored so you can easily grab what's inside. The 2 side pockets for water bottles are open and too small to fit most water bottles. I find it handy to slip my phone into for a second while unlocking the car or paying for groceries or whatever activity interrupts phone use. I just wouldn't leave the phone in there for travel, as it is open. I find the side pockets also hold a small notebook. Other than those uses, I didn't find those pockets useful--wish they had been made slightly bigger and had a flap w/ velcro or drawstring closure but that's a minor detail that didn't detract from the awesomeness of this pack.
Reviewed by MCD from California on Sunday, July 20, 2014
I bought this bag as a replacement for my smaller Osprey Daylite backpack, which I had been using for commuting. The Hikari fits my 15" MacBook Pro no problem and I love that it easily transforms from a backpack into a tote. Super convenient when I finish my walk and get on the train. I got the Mayan Blue, which is a beautiful royal blue, almost purple. Couldn't be happier!