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A functional, durable pack you can use for work AND play? Make it so.

The Mountain Hardwear Enterprise Backpack seamlessly switches between 'work' and 'real-life' modes. (We prefer to think of work as a temporary setback to our recreation schedule). Features burly HexRip fabric and fully bound seams to maximize durability, and padded pockets to protect your laptop, gadgets, and sunglasses.

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5 5

Great for students

  • Gender: Male

I'm a college student in Missouri. This was purchased in August 2013. I bike a mile to/from school, rain or shine.
As you can see, this backpack is like my suitcase--the pic shows four 3-ring binders completely stuffing the main compartment. As well as a thick, old Lenovo ThinkPad T410 in the laptop sleeve.

Two cons:
- Unnecessary waist strap. I never need to use it, and it's uncomfortable unless I have on layers.
- The bottle sleeves could be a bit larger to fit wider mugs. As RT said, a cinch cord would be really nice too.
Many pros:
- Multiple spaces for organization, each separated by zipper or pouch. I count 7 spaces that each have earned their own items over time. 7 doesn't include the main compartment/laptop pouch.
- TWO drink pouches. For water and coffee. Yes, that is GSI's travel press mug.
- Side straps. I thought these were annoying when I would slip in/out my bottles, but I had not yet appreciated their uses: pulling weight closer to my body when biking, and great as handles to move the bag.
- Comfort. Padded back for me, and padded sleeve for my laptop.
- Peace of mind for my cargo during a downpour. I've always kept a trash bag (and still do) in case this bag leaked. No leaks yet, even through the slot for a bladder hose.

I'll certainly update this review after a few months/years. This is everything that I wanted in a backpack, for a great price!

Great for students
4 5

Campus champ

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is perfect for students. The laptop sleeve is nicely padded, it has a great organizer for pens, etc., and it cuts a pretty dashing figure as well! The only thing I would ding it for is the outboard bottle sleeves. They are pretty giant, so much so that my 1L Sigg doesn't even fit in there snugly. With no draw cord to keep it tight, I've had my beverages fall out on several occasions now.

5 5

Great bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this bag every day for going back and forth to work. Holds the laptop nice and secure with plenty of room for a change of clothes and lunch. I've had this bag for over a year and it is till holding up nicely. I've never hiked with it, have a mountain hardware for that, but I can see how it might work for short trips. You could use the laptop pouch for your reservoir and there is hole in the top the tube can be ran through. Perfect for everyday use.

5 5

N ot a bad Backpack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Plenty of room for all of my junk plus my iPad. Been using it to ride on the train and hike throughout the city. The backpack had great back support and would do well for any college student to hold books and a laptop.

5 5

Great backpack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this as a multi-use backpack and I have been very happy with it. Use it mostly as a travel bag and it's great. It can hold a lot of stuff, has plenty of pockets to make packing easier, and is very durable.

A simple part of the pack that I like and one that I think is easily overlooked are the zipper pulls. On most backpacks I think they are pretty weak and tend to snap easily, but the ones on this pack have plastic and metal pieces to protect them.

Does it fit a 15" MacBook Pro?

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Does it fit a 15" MacBook Pro?

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Yep! It'll accommodate a 15" MacBook Pro with no issues. It's actually designed for laptops up to 17".

5 5

Function + Style

This pack exceeds my expectations. TONS of pockets to keep you organized. Lots of nice color combos to choose from. It's been through a year of daily use and still going strong. Pack is also very stylish, what's not to like?

5 5

Pockets, pockets, pockets!!!

I'm an organizational nut, and the more lanyards, loops, and pockets my pack has, the easier it is for me to get to what I need.I get that and more with the Mountain Hardware Enterprise!
Despite the obvious quality with the double tacked seams and heavy duty zippers, there's plenty if storage for everything you need for a day hike on the trail, or that commute to work or school. Dual water bottle holsters on the sides, with two external quick access pockets for items you need to get to quickly. All this complimented by an organizational pocket for pens, calculators, and your favorite MP3 player.
The main compartment not only is Hydration compatible, also has a padded sleeve to handle up to a 17" laptop. Oh, and did I mention the fleece lined pocket for your sunglasses?!
With padded shoulder straps, heavy duty zippers, and a well ventilated suspension earned 5 stars from this satisfied customer.

5 5

Basic school/ travel daypack

Nothing too special about this pack. I like the reinforced bottom as the bag sits on the ground with books in it often. The bag was originally bought for school duty, however due to its quite massive volume and cinch straps, it has become a favorite for car trips. It is large enough to accommodate a 15" laptop, charger, ipad, periphery school/ study supplies, water bottle and changes of clothes for a weekend.

The waist-strap may be a bit ambitious based on its intended use, however, I can see how some might use it.

Due to some design ideas borrowed from technical-style day packs and such the Enterprise is usable as a day bag for hiking. Many times have I dumped all of my clothes and computer out while at my mother's house and used the pack to hike various trails in the dunes along Michigan's west coast. Also, the pack will accommodate a bladder. MH has integrated a small flap near the hang-handle for the hose to emerge from.

Finally, the handle on the front side is very ... well it's "handy." When I use the Enterprise for car trips I often tighten down the shoulder straps and use it like a duffle.

All in all, a nice pack that has served me well for over two years of law school, trips home and numerous day trips.

Basic school/ travel daypack
5 5

Tough stuff

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack professionally every day for more than two years. It's protected my gear all over the country and through many airports. In it, I carry one or two laptops, power supplies and adaptors, cables, hard drives, a camera and sometimes, lunch. It's been rock-solid and still rockin' today. It's been to the MLB playoffs, Stanley Cup playoffs, Final Four, bowl games and assignments all over the place. I should have bought two so I'd have another when this one finally gets tired, but that's not going to be any time soon...

What size of lap top can fit in this...

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What size of lap top can fit in this pack?

3 5


I use this pack mostly for school and it's not a terrible pack. Does a great job at equalizing the weight so it does not hurt the lower back or sit unevenly on the shoulders. I especially like the plastic back that adds additional protection for he stuff inside as well as keeps books from stabbing me in the back. However, it isn't as durable as I would have hoped and after only a year of use it has a hole by one of the zippers from just everyday use.