Michael McCaskillwrote a review of KEEN Newport Daypack on October 11, 2011
While Keen is mostly known for their footwear, they really hit the nail on the head with this bag. To start off, the material quality is great. The fabric feels robust and the stitching is rock solid. The recycled aluminium buckles and clips (along with the recycled polyester) are a really nice touch if your are keen on being green, but even if you aren't they add a certain durability to the feel of everything. Great internal organisers in the front pocket, hanging mini carabiner for keys and a large open section. The main pocket has a zip close mesh pocket which is great for books, kindle or even an ipad to separate them from the main section. Some people may find the main pocket a tad on the small side, but in my case it prevents me from overpacking half the time. The hydration pocket is great and allows for routing on either shoulder, depending on your preference. Has a great built in rain-fly in the bottom, a winning feature for me and one less thing I have to remember. The padding is an area where Keen have also gone to town. The padding is split in to several zones and is of a high quality and density, while it is not a memory foam, it does have a marginally slow bounce back, so while its on your back it does mould quite well. The shoulder straps are constructed from a very rigid foam that is perforated, allowing for better airflow. Some say this makes the straps uncomfortable as they aren't soft, but unless you are loading the bag with bricks, I dont think you will notice. For day to day use some might be disappointed with the lack of a headphone port, but this hasn't bothered me very much. Lastly, the bag just looks great, a lot of great references to Keen's shoe design and a color scheme that makes it easy to spot in the crowd. If you are looking for a great day to day pack that can handle the odd trail ride or trip cross country, the Keen Newport is your bag!