Gear Review

2 5

Mixed thoughts...

Pros: many pockets…I mean everywhere, outstanding craftsmanship, organization.
Cons: lack of padding (there are some padding at the bottom and back, but no frontal or size impact protection), shoulder strap is not well padded, and 15” laptop barely fits.

The design is really genius, fold down closure is really nice to protect the contents from element, HOWEVER, it’s so slow to open it and takes two hands. I would prefer zipper opening for computer bag. Also size is somewhat not- so-perfect. I tried Mitral21 and it was waaaay too big for my 15” laptop and a few files that I’d normally carry on business travel. Mistral16 can take my 15” laptop barely (with PC sleeve on), then only one file can be stored. There’s a vertical pocket in main compartment, but if you intend to store a laptop, chances are you won’t put anything in there. If you have those mini-laptop this bag is for you.

Overall I’m skeptical about this bag series. Call me an old fashion, but I still prefer a messenger bag with big flap and zipper opening (But that’s not Arcteryx…I know)