Customer Reviews Of:
Columbia Sportswear Manifest II Technical Backpack
Closeouts. The ultimate commuter or trail bag, Columbia Sportswear's Manifest II technical backpack offers a slew of technical and organizational features. It has extra-cushioned TechLite® shoulder straps, three compartments and a ventilated back panel.
Reviewed by me from Brooklyn on Sunday, May 5, 2013plenty of pockets, holds a big (17) laptop comfortably, seems well built and carries things very comfortably. Love that the waistbelt is detachable, but also very functional (i.e. it's not just a useless spaghetti strap but holds the pack well if full with heavy stuff). Primarily a computer and notebook holding bag, but will double very adequately for the odd outdoor hiking activity.
Downsides are: a absolutely poorly conceived pocket/pouch on the back of the bag that doesn't close on top, ostensibly so that you can put a laptop in it and take out out with convenience. Really? Also easier to spill stuff or steal stuff from on the subway. Plus will suck in the rain. In addition, the zippers do not seem very waterproof.
Still, grosso modo I'm very happy with it and gladly buy it again.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Cheekaleek from Forest Grove, OR on Tuesday, December 4, 2012Great for school (optometry school)
Waterproof, lots of pockets
Perhaps a bit too narrow towards the bottom