I love Trans by Jansport. It is big so there is a lot of space and many compartments to put items in. I am a high school student who takes AP and honors classes so the books and binders are heavy but the this backpack has great support and comfortable. The bad thing is they aren't easy to clean so do your best not to get it dirty. Other than that they are fantastic, the quality is great my other Trans by Jansport is in wonderful shape I just wanted a new look. I love the style on the backpacks too!
This thing is perfect for riding my bike with my netbook. I have bikes with two different wheel sizes - the forward pocket is deceptively deep below the pen holders/organizers. I keep both a 24" and 26" bike tube in there for a spares for each wheel size. I have a small pump that fits in the interior pocket of the forward one, keep patches in the webbed area, a wrench and tire gauge in the pen holders and the detachable key holder is great for my bike locks.
The big main pocket laptop sleeve holds my netbook AND Kindle. The side zip up pocket fits my Bluetooth mouse and thumb drives. The interior device pocket holds my rolled up USB cables and charger leaving my main pocket empty for whatever.
The tightening strap on the side is great for an S-Hook caribiner to secure metal water bottles over bumps.
It's survived three different wrecks.
I have the orange and gray/silver version of this bag. I love it. I use it to carry my things to and from office commute or on any travels longer than around the block. It's taller than it is wide, so it's great for shorter people like me with out looking like the bag is slowly engulfing me. The straps are pretty thin in width - also good for the petite person or kids - so it doesn't rub or press against the chest and shoulder if your shoulders are not broad enough for most packs straps.
This bag is pretty tough - I've had it for a few months now. I've crammed it to the max - and I've been known to be quite a pack rat - then took it on and off, held it by a strap, the handle, etc and never a complaint from it... no stretched stitches, groans, rips or threats. My 14 inch laptop fit nicely with room for tablet and other items along side - however, the laptop sleeve is moreso for tablets & netbooks. The back is well squishily padded.
The Swiss Gear City Pack is a great little bag that's big enough to carry everything you need. The organization in this bag is the best I've seen yet. It's held up really well after one year of regular use.
Four main compartments
1. Small exterior pocket sized for keys and cellphone.
2. Medium interior suitable for maps or small guidebooks plus key fob, card or cell pockets, 2 pen holders. Smaller pocket inside suitable for wallet, lipstick, or small notebook.
3. Large main interior for magazines, books, or netbooks. One interior pocket just the right size for tablets or iPads and a second near the top of this compartment for music players with an earbud opening.
There are two side pockets, one for water and one for smaller items like snacks, keys, tickets, or passes. The handle at the top is has an interior cable for strength. In spite of all this, the back is remarkably light and comfortable.
Perfect per my 11 yo daughter. More than enough room. Supportive bottom, padded straps, water bottle holder, and both laptop and tablet sleeves! We have always been Swiss Gear fans and this did NOT disappoint. Basic black so goes with everything. My daughter's key chains and hanging stuffed toys gives the bag personality against the black color. Again, perfect!!
My son will be a high school senior this year, and he has used this bag hard for two years. IT IS AWESOME. We have not had any pulled seams or broken zippers. I HIGHLY recommend this. We bought it on sale for [$] during back to school.
i bought it for my little son. he likes it for so roomy and easy to handle. the zippers are good, not sure how about other people's complaints. [...]! I am going to buy more of these one, you know, it is worthy every penny on it.
Its heavy duty and comfort is key because I take it everywhere, usually on my bike so I've got it on for a couple of hours at a time. The back padding is downright luxurious when you've got a heavy load of uneven/irregular objects inside like groceries. The shoulder straps get my stamp of approval too. Its got as many pockets, flaps and spots to put stuff as you could fit on a bag this size. The zipper pockets on the sides are perfect for keeping 20 or 32 ounce drinks cold due to their padding/insulation. There are several straps strew about the outside that are good for securing a sweatshirt or jacket when there's no more room inside, though its got a respectable carrying capacity. Bonus use for the straps - attach another backpack if you can shoulder the weight and don't mind 3 feet of backpack following you. That's what I do when I travel. The price gave me a little sticker-shock but if it survives my abuse for a few more years it'll be well worth it.
The Swiss Gear daypack is ideal for my workplace and commuting. As the temperature changes forty degrees during my workday from pre-dawn bicycling through outdoor exposure and often a hot afternoon ride home, I need a daypack that is versatile. The exterior straps allow me to secure my jacket once the day gets warm. A metal clip near the top hand-hold is perfect to attach my liter water bottle with a carabiner. Carabiners on a short strap clasp to the heavy-duty top handle to fasten the pack beside me at my work station. The large capacity compartment holds a lot of food for snacks and lunch. A smaller zipper pocket in front holds pens and small utility items. The flat back compartment holds my folder organizer and laptop computer. Perfect diversity in design, far superior to other daypack models for work, school, or trail.