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In town or far away, bring along a full day's worth of fun.
Whether you're beach-hopping in Vietnam, hopping subway turnstiles to catch the last train, or trekking along the Nepali coast, the Marmot Trans Hauler Backpack has your back (and your gear). This heavy-duty daypack carries 28 liters of stuff: tablet, laptop, DSLR camera, a couple of guidebooks, water bottle, energy bars, some apples, and a wad of cash for bail money. If your adventures are slightly less stressful and more along the lines of a fall picnic on Cape May, ditch your electronics and use the space for a bottle of wine, glasses, baguette sandwiches, and fresh oatmeal-raisin cookies.
Made from 420D high-density nylon, and supported with a removable webbing waist belt, the Trans is a transcontinental, transatlantic beast. This pack shrugs off cement walls and burly branches alike, and the D-shaped opening turns this sleek pack into a yawning chasm of space.
- Removable webbing waist belt
- Compression-molded back panel
- 28 litres/1710 cubic inches
- D-shaped zipper front-panel access
- 420D nylon, TPE coating
- Laptop sleeve, fleece tablet pocket
- Item #MAR2894
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really love this marmot backpack. I use it for commuting around town walking and biking and it's great. I like the variable compartments inside and the full wrap around zipper so it opens like a briefcase. Instead of digging around on the bottom of my bag, I can lay it down and open it like a book and love that feature. There's a nice lining inside the front pocket for vulnerable items like my sunglasses and cell phone, and the material of the bag leaves it water resistant on the outside. As for the waist strap I do wish it was wider but it is ok; really. There is compartmentalized padding on the backside of the pack for breathability and for flat items like a book, so it doesn't sit against your spine.
Most reviews complain about the compression lacking, but this pack was not built for lighter or loftier loads that need cinching tight. It's a city or school pack designed for laptops and books so it isn't really made for hiking outdoors in my opinion. It's a great pack for city commuting. I can fill this pack with dense items and the compression straps rock for that.
While I give the pack five stars, but I have to give the size compared to me 4. It's a wider backpack compared to backpacks that can hug your body; I'm five three and 110 and my back is petite width wise, but I would still buy it again and recommend it to anyone who's carted it yet on the fence reading reviews.
Compression is weak
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Weak compression system for city living, as others mentioned. The style is great as is the size, but the finer details leave some to be desired.
Great for woods, bad for the streets
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
For a day-hiking pack it works fine, slim waist strap, but thats not too big of a deal. it fits plenty of gear/stuff, whatever you're carrying, the organizer portion is terrible placed on the outside flap of the bag, i found heavier objects slipped into the pockets like multitools, to fall out into the bottom of the pack, and other things as well when the bag was sloshed around. the water bottle pocket is waaaaay too small, thats one of the largest disappointments.
Now about around the city. living in NYC its not too great of a bag, because not matter how little the amount of things you've got in it is, the compression straps only compress the middle of the pack where the buckle is directly connected to, the top and bottom of the bag remained poofed out. Quite annoying on crowded busses and trains. The ventilation of the back panel and shoulder straps is bad too. i found my back and shoulders to have sweat stains after walking around for less than five minutes in 75+ degree weather. it is a very comfortable pack though.
To sum it up don't buy this pack if you plan on using it as a commuter/ edc (everyday carry) bag, but if you're taking it into the wilderness its perfectly regular. Nothing special but not shabby
This gives you an idea on the size of this pack.
Anywhere, anytime, any adventure
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Trans's Hauler has a capacity of 28L with three outside zipper compartments. The front facing zipper is heavy duty and water resistant, great for keeping electronics as the inside pocket is plush and soft as to not scratch any screens or valuables. The main zipper unzips 3/4 of the length of the backpack giving easy access to anything you need inside like a textbook, lunch, or even quickdraws. At the back is a laptop/tablet compartment which is large enough for a 17" laptop which also has a small sleeve for a tablet too. The video below shows in depth all the features of the backpack better than any written review could.
The MSRP of the backpack is $125 which is very respectable considering the pack is made of 300D TPE Laminate and 420D High Density Nylon. If none of those numbers make sense, the backpack uses very dense fibers making it highly abrasion and puncture resistant. The backpack fits me at 5'10" but doesn't fit my wife at 5'4", so it's meant for an average size man or slightly taller woman.
The Marmot Trans Hauler backpack is work horse that is built to last and perform. I would be willing to take it anywhere, anytime, any place for any adventure.
Burly fabric and construction for durability
Highly water-resistant construction
Large enough for the entire day for school, work, or traveling
Reinforced handle for grabbing it on the go
Aesthetically pleasing design
Hip-belt is pretty much useless
No shoulder adjustments
More Reviews at: http://www.sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/04/marmot-trans-hauler-backpack.html
I heard the water bottle pockets are really small. how small? will a standard hydroflask fit in? theyre not as wide as the nalgenes
How big is the laptop compartment?
Mark, It will hold a laptop that is up to 17 inches. let me know if you have any other questions.
Can anyone speak to the level of water resistance on these guys? Is the TPE coating enough to keep the out the wetness of a morning spent walking through the woods and dew covered brush?
Yep, this will keep out the wetness (unless submerged or very heavy long downpour). Though be warned, this is more of a daypack, though certainly can be used for hiking.