I was looking for a weather resistant, durable, reflective, stylish bike commuter back pack to cary the tools I need to for a day at the office. The bag needed to have a dedicated laptop sleeve, hopefully an iPad sleeve, at least one water bottle sleeve, organizing pockets for pens, business cards, pens, cables and a jacket and pants. A pretty tall order and one that had yet to be met. Until I found the North Face Kaban Charged Laptop Backpack. This thing is a game changer. I will elaborate on why.
it is very well made and constructed material (900 Denier Polyester with PVC coating)
It has a perfect sleeve for a laptop — providing major cushioning as well as securely holding the device
It has a dedicated tablet sleeve, in addition to the laptop sleeve
it has amazing organizing pockets that are actually useful
It has a felt lined sunglass pocket
It carries weight very well, especially when biking.
it has reflective material impregnated in the material on all sides
the straps are cushioned as well as the back panel
the bag usually stand up on its own, pretty cool
Basically, it's the best dang bag I have tested for these needs. It does come with a removable charging device — intended to be used to charge cell phones and possibly tablets. Personally, I carry a much more effective device with me at all times that has much more current and can charge 2 iPads at once. I cannot fault North Face for this, they did make the charging device. I took it out and made use of the pocket for other things.
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