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era4869269 wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

1 5

Don't let the 24L size fool you. This bag is ridiculously small because the zips do not open the full length of the top. They stop about 1-2" short on either side. This results in not being able to easily access your contents. I was hoping to fit a 15" folder of clothes in the front compartment. If I smash it past the zipper it fits fine, but I don't want to be smushing things past the zipper. The exterior center divider is also very stiff. Yes, this provides shape to the bag, but again makes it difficult to access the interior. When people say it fits their laptop, tablet, chargers, and files ... that's it. Good luck getting much else in there. Other 24L backpacks I have will easily take my contents and then some. It's the access to the bag that prevents you from doing so. Well made? Yes. Usable? Not so much as you'd hope

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era4869269 wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

3 5

I REALLY wanted to like this pack, as it looked like it would be great for fieldwork (wet, muddy fieldwork). It was comfortable, and had everything that I was looking for (easy to wash, a nice big main compartment, and stash pocket). I would still have it except for the stupid (to me) top pocket. Because the main compartment is voluminous, and because I prefer to have weight between my shoulder blades, I had my first aid kit (which really isn't more than a baggie with bandaids, spray neosporin, waterproof tape, hand sanitizer, and a small ace bandage) in the top pocket and the field notebook, etc. in the main compartment. The problem comes when trying to access the main compartment. The top pocket descends into the main compartment on the inside. Which means it eats up the volume inside. If the top pocket is full, or has something the size of a paperback book, it gets in the way of getting in to the rest of the pack. It was almost more like having a top and bottom compartment (at least, to me). Getting things out of the main compartment became either (1) a pain because the top pocket blocked the opening, or (b) a case of pulling out items until finding the one I wanted. Not a reasonable situation for fieldwork when I'm constantly putting things in and out on the go. As comfortable as it was (fit just like the Flapjack, which I use for school and absolutely LOVE!), it had to go back. =( The Gregory Miwok isn't as comfortable, but the access is better for me. Unfortunately, it loses the ability for light overnights. Ah well... that's what the Osprey Hornet is for ;)

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