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Bookbags gone wild.

The Mountain Hardware Paladin Backpack magically morphs from school/commuter pack to technical backcountry transportation system without changing anything at all.
  • CoolWave suspension maintains fit and promotes airflow whether your load is heavy or light
  • Fully padded laptop sleeve with convenient side zipper access
  • Durable 840D body panels can take abuse from the classroom to the trail
  • Top pocket organizer with electronics-friendly media pockets
  • Interior sleeve pockets make staying organized easier

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4 5

Terrific but not perfect.

Starting with the not so great: It's not waterproof, it's really not even THAT resistant to weather either. This is a huge concern for me because I commute with this bag. Occasionally, when it rains/snows, water will get into the lid pocket area. It doesn't render the bag useless, I just have to pack it differently than I initially wanted to.

That being said, the bag is really great. The balance, when fully packed, is terrific. I can easily cram a laptop, sketch book, todays lunch, gym clothes and shoes, misc supplies, and a coffee thermos in there and it is very stable on the bike. The back ventilation must be working because I'm definitely not AS sweaty when it's hot out or I'm putting a lot of effort in. It's a dream compared to other bags I've used (Incase, Chrome, Mission, NorthFace).

I look forward to day camps with this bag as well - the compartments inside get out of the way if you just need to shove a lot in there, but they also segregate the bag well if you choose to utilize them that way.

Over all, I really love this bag. It really should be waterproof. Especially at $150. I like this bag so much, though, that if it had a $200 waterproof older brother - I'd totally buy it at this point.

4 5

Great carryon/travel bag

I'd been looking for the right travel backpack off and on for ages - something a bit more than your usual school/work daypack, but smaller than a full on backpacking bag, such that it'll fit under most airplane seats (since overhead space is a rare commodity nowadays). Once I saw this bag, I had a hunch I'd finally found something to fit the bill. As long as you don't stuff it completely full, it fits perfectly, leaving easy access to your small knickknacks stored in the top compartments without having to pull out the entire bag.

On the plus side, it doesn't have a dozen niche-use pockets just for the sake of having pockets (and corresponding zippers). The main compartment interior has sleeve pockets on all four sides - perfect for papers/magazines, laptop power bricks, shoes/sandals, etc. If you don't happen to need them, they take up no space. External side zip access to the laptop makes nice easy access at airport security and elsewhere. Ample padding on the shoulder straps. Plenty of usable storage volume (often not the case with other much larger volume packs I've tried). The ninja black and modest-sized logo make for a nice nondescript bag from a distance as well.

On the down side, I don't know why the external side pockets aren't elastic. They won't hold short/small things well, so make sure you secure them down well with the straps (which goes against them being easy access for things like a water bottle). Even stuffing a rain cover in there, I was a bit concerned it may fall out.