Reviewed by Amelia the Nature Girl from Rochester, NY on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I bought this bag for college. It is attractive and made of sturdy materials. It offers adequate room for notebooks, laptop, and books. It would also make a good hiking bag. However, on the first day of use the elastic strap on one of the side pockets broke as I tightened it to hold my water bottle. I am sad.
Reviewed by theTak from Columbia, SC on Monday, January 16, 2012
I use this at the moment only as a large backpack for school. Hopefully when the weather warms up I can use it for some outdoor activities.
The book is plenty roomy for three large nursing books, a 15.6 inch laptop (Samsung RF510, for reference), two 1.5 inch binders packed full, and some pocket references and information packets with room left over for a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. Quite a hauler!
The multiple straps including for load size means I can adjust the pack for lighter or odd-sized loads and carry it properly.
Solid A+ for material choice and stitching quality except for the divider between the two main pockets. It feels like a thinner or cheaper nylon type material, and every time I'm cramming books in there I feel like I have to be careful or it will rip. If there is one part of the bag that's going to blow out, I think it's that divider. If you don't plan on stuffing the bag full to the brim, it probably wouldn't be a problem.
The laptop pocket is fortunately just the right size for my laptop, but any bigger a computer and it would be a tight squeeze if it fit at all. The padding is a little thin for my preference on the inside, but given that this isn't a purpose-designed computer backpack that's to be expected. It is sufficient to get the job done, and I'm not worried about my laptop getting broken in everyday use.
Back padding is excellent. The shoulder straps are acceptably padded (but again, feel solidly built).
All in all, I would certainly recommend this pack at the price listed here on Sierra Trading Post. Exceptional for student use, and feels rugged enough to hold up to some outdoor scuffs and falls.
Reviewed by Outback Explorer from Hawaii on Friday, January 13, 2012
I got this for work (I work outdoors)but also for some office work. First off the color should be listed as brown. From the picture it looks like it has a hint of red. I was hoping for dark maroon but its not the case. Why cant advertisers just use normal names for colors (cinnamon, raven, really?).
Also I didnt find it had enough pockets. It needs a sunglass holder and a cell/smart phone holder and a media holder would be nice. It only has one pocket for these items. One big complaint is you can not put a full size sharpened pencil anywhere in this backpack with risk of tearing something. My old backpackpack you can.
I got a good price but probably will return it because it doesnt fit my needs. My old kelty of 7 years was designed better but the zippers finally broke from me putting to much stuff in it.
If you are using it for a book bag to and from school and the occasional day hike then it probably would be satisfactory.
Reviewed by BEP from washington, c on Thursday, December 22, 2011
This backpack relaced my seven year od North Face Recon bag which performed very well as an daily bag. The Marmot has most of the same feature minus an exterior mesh stash pocket. That was handy place to stuff sweaty mitts of hats. It would be nice to have a clip loop hear or there to attach a blinky light or key ring.
Best Uses: Daily commuting
Cons: No daisy chain loops, No exterior stash pocket
Reviewed by Toucan from Newton, NC on Monday, December 19, 2011
I have a Marmot Highland fanny pack. It is the best made piece of equipment I have. THIS pack is NOT. If it were not for the Marmot name on it...I would have thought it was from [@]. It is small and straps have NO padding whatsoever. Despite the [$] price I paid, I will be sending it back (I will put that $ into a better pack).