Crumpler Low Level Aviator backpack review

 

I travel for business and pleasure, and I tend to go through backpacks. When I came across the Crumpler Low Level Aviator backpack, I couldn’t have been happier. With all of the other

backpacks, I would open it to get something out, and it wouldn’t be in the same spot, even with those expensive high quality backpacks, my items still managed to get scattered. This made reaching in and grabbing my iPod or Nook quickly during my flight super challenging. With the Crumpler Low Level Aviator backpack, I am able to store all of my items without having to worry about them falling out of pockets and being scattered around my backpack when I need it.

The middle storage area easily opens like a notebook, which is great. It has six different areas where I can store my items, which allows me to pack what I need to be within reach most often, and quickly get it out without having to fiddle around. It is compact enough to be carry on, but durable enough to carry bricks. Another great feature to have, is the removable sternum and waist straps. You can use this backpack for daily use or travel, either way it’s great.

It has a SBR covered top grip, so this makes the handle extremely strong and comfortable. If you are like me, always rushing through the airport trying not to be left behind, you will appreciate the lightweight comfort. The compression straps will allow you to tighten the backpack, which will keep your items secured as they should be, so no more worrying about fiddling around to find something. If you are going for a hike, the Polyester knit back will keep the Crumpler Low Level Aviator backpack comfortably shaped to your back, which is perfect if you plan to be hiking a local mountain area, and the internal alloy frame provides a strong structure, so you don’t have to worry about if it will hold up under pressure of multiple water bottles, food packs, extra clothing, etc. Let’s talk about the Pro’s and Con’s.

Pro’s:

  • Available in several colors
  • Six storage areas
  • Comfortably shapes to your back
  • Carry on flights
  • Durable

Con’s:

  • Can be heavy when empty
  • The price is in the upwards of $170 USD or more

The Crumpler Low Level Aviator backpack is great for just about any reason to need a backpack, and I would recommend it to anyone who travels often. The available storage and easy access makes packing quick, and holds everything in place. This originally started out as a backpack for bike messengers in large cities. It has turned into a globally demanded product, with a pretty hefty price. But when it comes to comfort, the price is only a small part of a bigger picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey Farpoint Backpack review

Osprey Farpoint Backpack review

This is a unique travel pack with a detachable day pack, the Osprey Farpoint has a taller yet slimmer design that is actually a lot easier to carry than the normal travel packs that tend to be quite bulky. The whole frame for this travel pack will successfully transfer the weight to an extra soft padded hip belt, which makes it easier to carry when the 55 liter backpack is filled to the hilt. It is great because it can go from being a great travel pack, to an every day bag that has multiple uses when you are traveling.

There are plenty of convenient features that can help with making your travels so much easier. Even though, there are no external pockets, the detachable day pack can either clip to the front shoulder straps, or zip it to the back of the travel pack. This happens to be one of the best features of the whole thing. When you are traveling and you don’t want to constantly carry around a bulky backpack, you can take the smaller one with you. Although, if you plan to fly, it doesn’t actually work as a carry on and it has to be checked.

What I found to be another awesome feature, instead of being ramrod straight against my back, is that it actually mimics the shape of your back. If you tend to travel a lot, no one wants to have that stiff turtle shell. The fact that it allowed me to have complete movement while I had it on was great. It was all around comfortable.

The awesome zip up flap makes it easy to conceal the shoulder and hip straps to protect them when not in use. The other cool thing is that it has lockable zippers. The hip belt has an ergo pull buckle that allows you to tighten it by pulling towards your belly button instead of towards your hips. That makes it a lot easier to tighten or loosen when compared to other travel packs.

When you are front loading, the panel almost unzips all the way down making it easy to grab what you need, or to pack everything away. The built in compression packs also help to keep everything in place when you don’t need it and the cinch straps on the bottom help to keep it in place as well. Now lets get on to the Pro’s and Con’s.

Pro’s:

  • Great durability
  • Easy to pack and unpack
  • Detachable day pack
  • Comfortable straps

Con’s:

  • A bit big to be considered a carry on for flights
  • Stands over a foot out when fully packed from you back

The truth is, this backpack is great for those who need something for backpacking trips, to overnight stays. It will keep everything where it needs to be, as well as being completely adjustable. Although there aren’t any external pockets, you can pack everything you need and then some. I would highly recommend this backpack to anyone who needs a durable, yet comfortable travel backpack.

Kelty Flyway backpack review

I tend to travel a lot and when this happens, I notice that most of the time my backpack ends up worse for wear, and then I am out of money. I fly a lot as well, so when I am looking for a backpack, I want something that I can use as a carry on. I had never been so glad to find a backpack that is literally an all-in-one. Although it may be standard size, it works perfect because I store dirty clothes and shoes in one compartment, and there’s a place where you can put your straps when your bag is being checked. It fits everything you need for a good weekend away and there is even a padded sleeve for your laptop which makes it easy to remove during security checks. I use this pack for everyday and travel.

When it comes to traveling, I am normally running late and scrambling to make my flight. The top zippered pocket is great for any travel documents, your plane tickets, and since there is a sleeve for your laptop, security checks are a breeze. There is even a passport pocket which as a velcro strap, I find it to be a great feature as well as the center handle having a velcro strap.

The whole frame is basically padded, so it is very comfortable to wear and it is easily balanced to carry while your in the airport. If you happen to be going to a tropical paradise, then the whole backpack is vented. Since it is only 22 inches long, it is a perfect carry on bag, but if you plan to check it , there is an attached rain fly that can be placed on upside down to cover your straps. The rain cover is great if you are going to a country during rainy season, because there is a rain cover that will keep the bag dry, and it fits over it in just seconds. The wet pocket that is at the bottom of the bag was a great added feature, especially if you plan to swim while your hiking, because it doesn’t leak. The main compartment has a mesh pocket for your needed items, the outside zippered pockets are great for random objects, and the mesh pockets for water bottles is a perfect feature. Let’s talk about the Pro’s and Con’s.

Pro’s:

  • Comes in three colors ( blue, tan, and black)
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Built-in rain fly
  • Easy for air travel
  • Wet pocket that doesn’t leak
  • Straps are super comfortable
  • Not bulky at all

Con’s:

  • It can be a bit heavy when empty

The Kelty Flyway backpack is amazing and I would recommend it to just about anyone who travels as much as I do. It is easy to pack, and it is comfortable if you have to wear it for long periods of time. Even when you aren’t traveling, this backpack is great for everyday use.

Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack

Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack

Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack: All that you’ll ever need 

This bag is not only durable, but also waterproof. With excellent storage options, this professional looking messenger bag also has a studded laptop compartment which is TSA-compliant. The fantastic materials used for this bag are more waterproof and more durable than those of the Patagonia Half Mass. Also, the storage area for smaller items is excellent. When it comes to storing larger items and its TSA–compliant design, the Command is much better suited for frequent flyers.

The Pros

As previously stated the Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack is:

  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Professional Looking
  • Has Great Storage Options
  • TSA-compliant Studded Laptop Compartment

Even when you are caught in an unexpected downpour, the nylon (called durable ballistic) has a waterproof PTU coating, the Command will give you excellent results. Not only do the materials used for this bag look good, it is more waterproof than other multi-purpose messenger bags, like the Patagonia Half Mass. Also, the Command’s main interior will hold up to 21 L; this is a perfect capacity for your daily use.

This bag is preferable over the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger because of the following reasons:

  • The Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack provides greater storage area for medium and small sized items.
  • The finer weave of the strap makes it better looking and more comfortable for everyday use.
  • You can move through security at the airport swiftly because of the TSA-compliant laptop compartment. This compartment can be separated from the main interior, which, in the case of a spill, is a real bonus.
  • The Command simply has the look and feel of a more professional bag than the Classic Messenger
  • An important difference between the designs of the straps is quite evident. The strap of the Command has been oriented to be comfortable when walking, and is mostly vertical, whereas the strap of the Classic Messenger has been placed at a more greater angle in order to make it more useful when biking.

The Cons

The only feature that we consider unfortunate with the Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack is the metal buckles, which are anodized and used to adjust and secure the main cover flap. These buckles do have a more aesthetic appearance than plastic buckles, however, they are considerably harder to use; it takes two hands. We have found that the Timbuk 2’s “memory-adjust True-Fit” cam buckle is basically useless. The company states you are able to “unclick the cam, put the bag over your shoulder, and lock the cam back in for a perfect fit every time” ; unfortunately we will have to disagree with this statement. When the bag is heavy, it is quite difficult to use this buckle, and quite frankly, the time and effort are not worth it. We found the adjustment system of the strap on the Mission Workshop Rummy to be significantly better. Timbuk2 might want to consider taking a few lessons from them. It should be noted that the Command is equipped with a storage interior design that is modular, which allows you to secure and unsecure different pockets, compartments, and slots, to the inside of the bag. When tested by our staff, they all agreed that this was not useful. The storage of this bag is adequate just the way it is. But this is it not too annoying, because the inside loops do not appear to effect the daily use of this bag.

Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack1

Even with these few minor problems, the Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack is an excellent multi-purpose messenger bag and can be used for the office, walking, or for those who simply travel a lot by air.  Make sure you use a coupon code at timbuk2.com to save some money.  Timbuk2 coupons can be found here.

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Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack

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Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack: It’s more than just a messenger bag!

The top handle makes this bag extremely suitable for travel. It also has a laptop sleeve in the rear that is TSA friendly; this is a great asset to the bag. A quick look at how it works reveals a zippered sleeve that allows it to lie flat when the bag rests on its back. There is a padded pocket with a diamond–print design, where you can simply slide your laptop in. The bag is available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium sized bag, is just able to handle a 17 inch MacBook. You can secure it along with two large external hard drives with the use of Velcro straps, and when your bag passes through the x-ray machine, all of your gear will remain together just like you left it. This is an extremely convenient feature as you will not be trying to stuff your laptop back into a full bag; that can be quite frustrating. Being able to get to your iPad or laptop without the inconvenience of digging through the main compartment saves time, and is convenient whether traveling or not.

Special features

Because the laptop sleeve has been placed at the rear of the bag, Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack has the refreshing side effect of keeping the contents of the bag properly aligned. As the inflexible laptop is sitting against your back, it automatically pushes the interior pockets’ contents forward. This prevents the bag from resting at an awkward angle, even when it has been tightly packed. I did have some concerned about the pressure I might be putting on my laptop if I put too many books inside. However, all sides of the space have plenty of padding and for this I was thankful. In order to secure the bag to your wheeled luggage, there is a Velcro-enclosed pass-through around the exterior of this section.

Is the strap comfortable?

It appears to me that this strap layout would be uncomfortable; but that proves to be deceptive. Many messenger bags, as an example, the Chrome’s Buran, are using an asymmetrical strap, which includes extra padding for placement over your clavicle and bears the entire load. The strap on the Commute bag is symmetrical, except for the adjusting clip. Within this system, the weight is somehow distributed so evenly that even when the bag is loaded heavily, it still never feels as though it is boring into your shoulders.

Of course, even with this minor situation, overall, Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack is exceptional. If you are a true cyclist, I would point you in the direction of other models within the Timbuk2 line-up; however, for the majority of users the Commute will satisfy all of your daily needs. The bag is very reasonably priced, especially when you consider the quality of the materials and the fact that a lifetime warranty is included.

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The majority of bags with this design use plastic buckles or sew the strap directly to the exterior. You never hear that plastic-on-plastic creaking sound usually heard with other bags; with the Commute’s buckles, which appear and feel as though they were real metal. The pieces that join the buckles allow them to rotate; in this way it is easy to keep straps from getting twisted. There is one small issue with the way the adjustment clamp is set up. The Commute shortens the fabric of the strap at the top, not at the bottom, like a Mission Workshop messenger bag, which seems to be a smarter way of doing things. When you put the bag on, you will have to fight the friction caused as the shifting fabric moves across your shoulder when you tighten the strap. Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack is the right choice for you.

Price

Timbuk2 is not a budget brand, they’re great quality that will last you a very long time.  Try my timbuk2 coupons page to see if you can get a discount.

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