Dannywrote a review of Alchemy Equipment Zip Access 30L Backpack on February 12, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
If you're looking for a backpack that screams "pricey," or one that makes people double-take on the street... well, keep looking. This pack is something you won't really appreciate until you've used it a few times––likewise, only after really looking at it for a few minutes will anyone notice its quality.
That was precisely what I was looking for, but boy did I hit the jackpot with everything else. Each detail on this thing is meticulously designed and constructed: I've yet to come across something that "isn't quite right" or "could've been better." Waterproof zippers and a robust outer fabric make me confident it can take day-in-day-out abuse (and indeed, it's already weathered rain, sleet, and snow like a champ.) The seatbelt webbing and metal buckles are those touches that assure me the pack will shine for years to come.
Finally, the storage: it may not look like it fits a whole lot from the outside, but opening up the main compartment immediately dispels that concern. There are also two, perfectly-sized outer-pockets with zippered-openings that are recessed into the fabric (no chance of rain getting in through the zipper), and the separate laptop-pocket is just a beautifully thought-out detail.
Understated, bombproof, and spacious––what more could I want?