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SwissGear - IBEX Laptop Backpack - Blue

Model: GA-7316-06F00SKU: 8483036

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1685 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best, Sturdiest Backpack

    Posted
    rmud
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had this backpack for 5 years. It replaced another school bag that I liked and had lots of pockets but did not have a laptop compartment. That bag was a cheapo, under 25$ from WM. This Swiss gear had a laptop compartment and LOTS of compartments. Sometimes I forget where I put something, but if you are consistent about where you put your car keys, for instance, this shouldn't be a problem. There are only two issues that I've had in the last 5 years. The strap adjustor clip got caught under a rolling chair numerous times, like 1-2 times daily, while I was at work because I had it tucked under my desk and was always going inside to get stuff. Eventually it cracked, but this has not affected it's performance. I can tell you that there were times that I'd be yanking at it to get it unstuck. If you keep it away from rolling chairs and tuck the straps you'll be ok. The other issue is that one of the decorative - or do they serve a purpose? - grommets on the front popped off. No big deal, the bag still looks great and works like a dream. I have pockets for everything, the laptop in the back, the power cord in the little pocket at the top, and also a divider for maybe a mouse pad, folders, anything thing really. There's a compartment for your media items and you can feed your headphone jack through it. This pocket is HUGE for what it's intended purpose is, and that's a good thing. I was able to hold a 2-3 generation ipod, behind the ear headphones, cell phone, car keys, random things, and still had space. Nothing was ever cramped. There is a divider inside the other large compartment, which is where I carry my school books and folders. There is a mesh zip pocket in the 3rd largest section and I usually carry my lunch in this pocket. I can fit a few apples, bottle of honest tea, 32 oz stainless steel water bottle, sandwich, 2 bags of chips and other goodies. I am at school for a large part of the day, meaning I eat 2 meals there and I'm a grazer, so I like having lots of small snacks throughout the day. The smallest pocket has a zipper compartment where I keep highlighters and pens/pencils, a mesh pocket for little catchalls, a other divider pockets. I have no use for these, but I'm sure they serve a purpose. I have a tendency to have pockets withing pockets because I love having things I can just grab and not have to sort through, so I also carry a Mead pencil pouch that has two expandable pockets for my drawing pens and markers. This also holds my pencil sharpener and lip gloss - because who can work with chapped lips? (This next thing is for the ladies. There are two small zippered pockets on the side. These are the perfect size for those little tampon bags so you can be discreet.) There are two mesh pockets on the side for water bottles, too, and I have used these. They are at a diagonal and since my water bottle is 32 oz stainless steel, it's a snug fit, but a standard water bottle fits well. The padding on the bag is a dream. I have been loaded down with about 20 lbs and sometimes what feels like 50 lbs of stuff - college textbooks are heavy. I have never once felt like what I was putting in the bag was going to break it. Now, that said, you can tell this bag has been used. The hand grip at the top is a steel braided wire wrapped in clear plastic and this feels super sturdy and I can easily lift the bag from there even at it's heaviest weight. The clear plastic has a black plastic covering and it shows wear and is cracked because it flexes as you lift the bag up. Again, this is to be expected with use and over time. The front has a little fuzz from where I literally get home and drop it anywhere - I take the laptop out first and I WOULD NOT recommend tossing ANY bag around with a laptop inside, no matter what anyone says. I love everything about this bag. I was sad when I didn't need to use it anymore, but now that I am back in school my first thought was, I get to use my backpack again. It is a joy to have and use. It's such an appealing bag that 2 men that I work with have purchased their own. One of them has used his everyday for the last 4 years, and has the same wear mine does, they can stand up for so much. I will be honest and say that when I was done with my first part of school, the bag did get tucked away for about 2 years and I would only use it when I traveled, a few times a year. I know I will get years of use out of this bag and my friend at work says the same. My son even said he wants one when he goes to high school in a few years. Please keep making these, otherwise he might ask for mine and I don't think I'd be willing to share it, even with my son. I'd also like to mention that the bad reviews - and those are 3 stars - are all because the bag wouldn't fit the user's laptop. That's not really the bags fault because it specifies what size laptop it fits. I'd even recommend this to someone without a laptop, it's just that awesome and worth the price even when it's not on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IBEST Laptop Backpack

    Posted
    AcesWild

    This is possibly the strongest backpack you will ever encounter without buying leather or metal/carbon casing. The weave is tight, taut and very durable. It is mostly water resistant, but will stain if it encounters bleach or other sorts of dye materials. The zippers are heavy duty and wont break off like most others. Pleasing appearnce and comfortable weight, even when full to the max. Some Specs: >> Color: Blue / Gray / Black >> H x W x D: 19" x 15" x 10" >> Fits most 17" widescreens (As in my Dell Vostro 17" w/ 9 cell battery pack which sticks out the back of the laptop, bumping it out more) >> Reinforced ergonomic carrying handle >> Rear hanging handle doubles as trolley strap >> Side zippered and mesh pockets >> Extra durable material on bottom >> Quik Pocket holds iPod/MP3 player for easy access to all of your gadgets >> CaseBase Stabilizing Platform keeps your IBEX standing upright to keep your valuables in place >> Air-Flow Back padding keeps your back cool even with a full pack >> Comp-u-Flex computer pocket keeps your 17" widescreen snugly protected >> Three main compartments provide space for all of your belongings >> Shock Absorb Shoulder straps distribute weight evenly and keep you comfortable >> Essentials Organizer in front pocket has pockets and slot for all of your accessories and gadgets This pack holds many of the usual patrons of your pockets such as pens, iPods, calculators, phones, notepads, etc. Relatively larger mesh sidepockets than you would get from an average backpack. Tends to fit 16oz up to 24oz and SOBE sized bottles fairly tight and secure. It actually stands on its own. Can fit pretty much anything you have in mind when you want to go somewhere. Great travel size, but not to be confused with luggage. Generally, when backpacks are empty, they looks almost like deflated helium balloons, slightly flat, very light, and just filled with air in the empty spaces. This backpack, whether it's because of its frame construction or what, I don't know, but it tends to looks like something is in it all the time. It also doesn't have a chest strap to go across the shoulders to connect shoulder strap to shoulder strap. With that, you can expect alot of bouncing when riding a bike while wearing this. Not terrible or anything, just something I thought they could have easily added for extra comfort and stability during bike transport. When all is said and done, this is probably the best 17" capable laptop backpack you will find. Needless to say it is well worth the money. Pay the little extra and get this rather than the Targus ones, those materials aren't grade A like this. If you are still unconvinced, you can probably travel to any of your local Best Buy stores and feel them/see them in the laptop case aisle. They are generally one of the few actually on display in stores and is probably one of the only Wenger - Swiss Gear items you will find on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well Built

    Posted
    Beetzmee

    Bought this for my son going off to school. Very, very sturdy. Almost sturdy enough for a student.....anyway, HE didn't like it....said it was too big..... ME, I like it and here's why: 1) Construction. One of the major flaws of any backback is the carry strap(s). This one uses a cable for the top pull strap. You can't really break it....novel idea.....also, seeing how most of us sling a backback over our shoulders with ONE shoulder strap, it had better be sturdy considering the load of books, laptop, and other nefarious items one loads into one of these gems.... 2) Capacity. Kind of like tools. Better to have it when you need it than to need it and not have it? The only thing goofier looking than loading this moonpack is to load a smaller one and STILL having to lug other items under your arms. Relax you students of vanity, if you don't load it all the way, most folks won't notice it. For those of us who are of a practical minds set and don't give a flip what others think, then it's a great choice. You can stuff everything in here including parts of relatives you no longer want around and still have room for a laptop....it's roomy.....to say the very least...... Expensive? You bet. Can you find one similar on line from Shin-Fu industries ad nauseum......for less, you bet.....however, what is your time worth? Anyway, I bought a good laptop for him to get started at $449 and bought this as well. Like all men, one stop and we are done shopping..... If you want a sturdy backpack that won't need to be replaced in a year or two, this is the one. If you are of smaller stature and don't want something as big, I understand, just realize, this size gives you the extra deep pocket you won't get on a smaller one. On a smaller backpack you will get one large pocket. This extra one is great for a netbook/notebook with a sleeve, charger, etc.....etc.... Gotta haul a load? This is the one....going to school part-time....er....maybe not...if you do buy it, you won't be dissappointed. It will survive your ape(s).....er kids.....too... Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Adequate Protection for 17.3" ASUS G72 Laptop

    Posted
    Kvorkian

    My ASUS G72 with a 17.3" widescreen fits so snug that is has to be forcibly pushed into the padded sleeve, and the only reason the laptop came back out of the sleeve is the G72 has a 1/4" long leg I was able to hook my finger under to get a grip on the laptop. All the padding around the laptop is very thin and compresses very easily. The upper corners of the laptop extend slightly above the curved backpack design, so the zipper has to be stretched out and over the laptop; which leaves two corners of the laptop protected only by a thin layer of polyester. In addition, the laptop padded sleeve is about 4" short to completely cover the upper portion of the laptop, and there is a large metal zipper pull that is exposed on an inner pocket, so unless you keep something between the zipper pull and your laptop it is going to do some serious damage to the surface of the laptop's lid. The G72 17.3 Widescreen is exactly 16.5" wide by 11.75" deep and will not work with this backpack. I have looked at no less than 100 models of backpacks and cases around town, and of the few I found that fit the G72 I chose the Targus Travel Roller Notebook Case for 17" laptops. The downside is there is enough extra room around the laptop that I also bought a Targus Slipcase Notebook Sleeve for 17.3" laptops. With the G72 placed inside the notebook sleeve it slips snugly and securely into the laptop portion of the Travel Roller NOtebook Case. While I am quite satisfied with the double protection and added padding of this combination, I ended up spending $99 on the roller case and an additional $35 on the notebook sleeve (of course nothing was on sale). I recommend the Targus setup for 17.3" laptops.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Laptop Bags don't get much better than this

    Posted
    QubeIt

    If we ever get to a point where the homeless are carrying laptops in addition to cell phones, then the days of toting around old shopping carts are over because this bag can hold everything!! I own a Dell m6400 17" laptop that I carry around in this bag and it has definitely earned it's keep (the bag, that is - albeit the laptop too, but that's another review). I have had this bag for just over a year and it looks as good as it did the day I bought it. It has survived *almost* all the abuse I have thrown at it, including a very sudden maneuver and stop with my car which sent this laptop flying from the back seat up to my front passenger seat, into the dash, and onto the floorboard. The padding completely protected the laptop and everything that was inside stayed intact and in its place. Needless to say, I now strap in my bag with a seatbelt and throw the kid's carseat (with my kid in it) on the floorboard. JUST KIDDING!!! Jeez, I'm not that shallow!! :) The only "chink" I found in the armor of this bag is when one day I precariously set it on the edge of my desk and walked away. The bag tipped and fell end over end and landed upside down with the corner of the laptop crushing the zipper to the concrete floor. That zipper is the only spot where there is no padding and thus the zipper bent and was irrepairable (by mere mortals like myself) so I had to go get another bag. The lesson here is don't perch your bag in precarious positions with a laptop and 600 lbs of "stuff" in it because Murphy's Law will indeed kick in. By the way, the laptop is just fine. A minor cosmetic scratch where it crushed the zipper, but it still runs like a dream.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality backpack that is durable and looks great

    Posted
    someonefromNH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    SwissGear is one of the best backpack brands out there. They cost a little more than other brands, but worth it since they are very rugged and should last a loooong time. My last SwissGear backpack lasted me over 10 years and was still fine except for some cosmetic issues like rivets that fell off and one carrying strap was starting to wear/fray. I probably could have gotten a few more years out of that backpack, but I wanted a nice new one since they are great quality. If you buy the backpack in store just look it over well before buying. I had to return one of these because a plastic pull-ring/clip was broken, but it must have happened in store because I noticed it within hours of buying. Great looking backpack with tons of zippered pockets. My favorite feature is the large pocket at the top of the bag....great size and I use it a lot for quick access. My only complaint is the mesh side pockets which I think are meant for drinks + water bottles. They can only hold a soda can size and not much bigger. If this is important to you, then SwissGear also has a similar looking grey version of this backpack which has much bigger mesh side pockets. That grey one is the model I had before this one and they still sell the exact same version as 10 years ago. Great buy if you want quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great pack that is also made for your laptop

    Posted
    Slowat
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    As a service member who has spent a lot of time flying overseas and who is rough on equipment, I have learned to appreciate a well designed pack that can not only take abuse but is also versatile and keeps your stuff well organized. The problem is that my favorite work packs scream, "I'm in the military!!" This pack is a great blend of the features of a good military pack in a smaller, more low-key package for when you don't want to stand out. The laptop pocket is great for navigating airport security, and the front pockets work well with an iPad. The top pocket is very convenient for the security line pocket emptying. I also appreciate the super beefy cable reenforced top handle. Now for my only suggested improvements: 1) The top pocket would be even nicer with a soft cloth lining to cushion and prevent scratches to electronics, sunglasses or anything delicate that you have to stash quickly while doing the TSA drill. 2) The side pockets could be bigger to accommodate watches, keys, etc. The water bottle side pockets could be a little larger to fit bigger bottles. Lastly, I would add side straps with standard plastic quick release buckles to allow the main pockets to be open while carrying the bag so you can stash your computer, iPad, etc back in the back while doing the fast walk to your airplane gate, as well as a place to hook on a ballcap or light jacket when you aren't wearing it. I had the previous version of this pack for years and loved it. It served my needs wonderfully and looked new the whole time. I only replaced it now because the cat decided to claim it for his own and the smell wouldn't come out no matter how I washed it. Bottom Line: If you are hard on equipment, expect it to be well designed, and are looking for a bag to maximize your efficiency while navigating TSA and the rest of the airline system, this pack is for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Bag!

    Posted
    ShoNuff
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This is Swiss Army's tried and true design (had a previous version of this back in 2006). Great fabric with durable stitching and reinforced joints make this bag perfect for work, school, and travel. It has ample space for your your 15.6" laptop, tablet, large lappy power adapter, USB mouse, day planners and work document padfolios & binders . It also has no shortage of spaces and cubby pockets so you can pack more travel stuff inside your allowed carry-on bag when flying. I keep my laptop in a slim sleeve which fits inside the backpack. The reason is because when I'm at work, I often take my laptop to Starbucks at lunch or at my employer's lobby lounge that has free wi-fi. This means I can leave this big backpack at my cubicle and just bring my laptop sleeve to SBUX or whichever restaurant establishment I go to for lunch. Since I've owned this flavor of backpack before, the only gripe I really have is that the side water bottle pockets are small so you can't exactly cram a metal yeti-style tumbler down there (medium-size water bottles already have to be shoehorned in there). From personal experience, this backpack is designed for space, endurance, and maximum capacity. If that's what you're looking for, buy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just missing waist/chest strap

    Posted
    bwoodlan

    I was forced to buy a larger bag because of my new 17" laptop. I chose this bag because it was the largest and most durable looking one. 7 months later I have not had any issues with it as far as wear and tear. It still looks and feels new. I expect it to last for years and years. Granted, I have had a $20 Wal-mart backpack last me through most of high school and college, so I am not particularly rough with my bags. This is the best quality backpack I have ever owned. The construction is top notch, and the zippers work perfectly every time. I have not had a zipper stick once with this bag. My Dell model 1745 fits great in the laptop compartment. I feel like it is well padded. One corner of my laptop bulges slightly against the zipper area when it is zipped shut. So there is not a ton of room to spare, but it is not tight either. I love having sleeves inside the laptop and main pockets to keep loose papers from crumpling underneath my books. They stay straight and well arranged. Two large front compartments help me separate items. I can easily fit my laptop, two or three textbooks, some notebooks, papers, and a lunch on top. It pretty much always has room for one more thing, though I have run out of room on occasion. The only problem with being able to carry so much, including a heavy 17" laptop is that the backpack gets very heavy. A pack with the potential to get this heavy should have come with a waist strap or chest strap to help distribute the weight. At least the straps and the back are well padded.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Surprised by lack of quality

    Posted
    herdgrad97
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I am a backpack snob, or better, a backpack aficionado. I use my backpack daily so am very particular on what I buy. I was due for a new one and had yet to ever try a Swiss Gear product. They are quite popular among my colleagues so I thought why not. Here's why not. First, it is a very heavy backpack. Even empty it weighed more than my current bag when it's filled. It was almost embarrassing considering there was never much in it. Secondly, it has a weird interior that divides the laptop portion from the other main pocket. Somehow it warped and stayed in a constant curved position. This was annoying both because it looked dumb on my back and I couldn't set it down without it falling over. I was constantly having to lay it flat which was less convenient. Finally, the two side pockets both developed holes. Not along the zipper which would be somewhat understandable. No, the holes were in the bottom of the pockets making both pockets useless. I contacted customer care and was told that was normal wear and not covered under warranty. Mind you, the backpack was but two months old. It is now in a landfill somewhere and I am very happy with my Jansport replacement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Freaking Awesome Backpack!

    Posted
    JPPhotographyFL
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The first one I had went bad within my 45 day silver window, but I gave it another shot. All I can say is this thing has been fantastic. My laptop is not a tiny one either, it's a desktop replacement styled Asus G72GX, which is beastly in size (41.0 x 29.9 x 4.45~5.20 cm (W x D x H)). It was a tight fight for a laptop this thick at first, but it's sorta stretched to fit it now like a broken in baseball glove. In using the second one for the better part of 18 months I've had no new issues. I was helping a friend with their business. I had to fly from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale back and forth twice a week for 6 months. I racked up 22,000 FFM during this period. This backpack made security checkpoints a breeze as you can have your laptop out in seconds to put it in it's separate bin. It was big enough to take a lot of stuff with me as a free carry on item and it even fit under the seat fully packed! This also went on a 10 day medical mission trip to Jamaica with me to carry my computer and camera gear that I brought along with us. Having to carry this loaded for an extended period is quite comfortable when it's adjusted properly. Now I'm working on going back to college to get into med school and use this to take my computer and ipad to class with me. It's got plenty of space and pockets to keep all your gadgets and supplies nice and organized. With the exception of the first one being defective, this has been my best computer bag ever. I also use the SHERPA 17.3" Laptop sleeve when I just need my computer and nothing else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed in Wenger Customer Service

    Posted
    JOeyinFLA

    I purchase this bag about a year ago after reading great reviews on it. I am a teacher and use it to transport my laptop to and from school. A year later, the zipper is coming unstitched in the main compartment. The rubber that forms the handgrip is broken and cracking. I emailed Wenger with the pictures of the problems. They said they would be unable to help me without a copy of the sales receipt. I did not foresee having problems so I didn't keep the receipt. I paid for it with gift cards, so I don't have a record via CC statement either. I understand the terms of the warranty, but I feel I paid a premium price for this bag, and have not received premium service nor durability. If you risk buying one of these, make sure to keep your receipt. I loved the bag, I wish their customer service department could have helped me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for 2-day trips with laptop and other gear

    Posted
    psmithusa

    I do a number of 2-day business trips requiring airline travel and I was looking for a backpack that I could use for these trips that would hold my laptop, all my other electronic gear, files for work, and a change of clothes for the next day at work. My objective was to have just 1 bag that I can either store in the airplane overhead or store under my seat if the overheads are full. This backpack does the trick. It has lots of compartments for miscellaneous stuff, a couple small easily accessible pockets for keeping boarding pass and baggies for liquids that must be taken out at airport security. All my stuff fits in pretty easily and I'm also able to get my workout tennis shoes in there with no trouble. The bag fits under the seat in the airplane and is sturdy enough to store in the overhead bins without getting smashed by people cramming their stuff in there after you sit down. I think it will also be good for casual weekend trips. I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish Backback full of compartments

    Posted
    MysteryTech
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    Great backpack bought at reduced price. I spent a few time figuring out what would be better for a laptop bag, and this is the fist time I decided to go for a backpack rather than for a laptop case. Reason being to count on additional room for more stuff for my travels. Also in some cases I had to carry a couple of laptops plus docs and tablets, which in total weighted enough to end up being uncomfortable to be carried over one shoulder. So this time I went for a much more convenient backpack. and picked this one after some research. I am very happy with the purchase of this particular model, it has a beautiful design, very easy zippers, stands on its own, high quality materials very glad to be touched, very comfortable over the back, leaving air flow around the back for less sweating, lots of compartments. So already used it in a couple of travels and it's a cool all in one backpack enough for all my needs. In my case I still have additional available room for more things, so really happy with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement of a favorite

    Posted
    Gravinaut
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    This backpack replaced my beloved carry-type bag that I had for almost ever. That bag was one of those items very difficult to let go of, despite multiple repairs and issues. However, so far, I couldn't be happier with this backpack. The transition has been easy. The only single issue which may make a difference to some is that a backpack may not seem as professional as my old bag did. Being an old developer of all things IT, especially software, I hope you join me in that we really couldn't care less about that. It is performance that matters. This backpack easily holds all of my needed technological equipment (ie multiple computers, chargers and accessories). There are these tiny zippered side pockets that make no sense. The top, shallow zippered pouch as well as the front-most pouch are perfectly designed. There are plenty of other features to discover with this backpack. I recommend it all the way. This was a spontaneous purchase for me. Which I rarely do. I suppose this purchase was spontaneous because I have two high-school teenagers with whom together we have been through numerous backpack evaluation and buying experiences. What they want, it's up to them to make a better design. In the meantime, this works for us all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow the best purchase

    Posted
    SurRight
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    I've had this backpack for almost month now and I couldn't be happier. I'm a IT Specialist and even with month of use, the backpack shows little to no wear, even on the "leather" (plastic) bottom to keep it from getting wet. I've had to walk to and from buildings in the rain before and have had zero problems with any water getting in and ruining any of the contents. Lots of the items on the backpack seem very durable and heavy duty. The zippers feel very rugged and have never faltered for me. The main handle on top is way stronger than it needs to be, but I'm not complaining since I would rather have it over built than under built. I only have a 17 alienware laptop right now it fits easily with plenty of room. . There are more than enough pockets and compartments to hold anything you need. I've carried a laptop, 2 books, 2 notebooks, camera, iPod, cards, power cable, misc cables, stapler, markers, pens/pencils, , water bottle (room for 2), snacks, and there was still a little room left in the small pouch between the laptop and the main compartment. So it had plenty of space. Overall, I couldn't of been happier with this backpack. Large enough to handle anything I can throw at it, and sturdy enough for it to last as long as I need it to. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bag at a bargin

    Posted
    Michael
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    I purchased this bag to replace another (brand) bag that I had for almost 20 years (yes that long). Needless to say my original bag was no longer available (new - used yes but not new). I see Swiss gear bags all the time on the bus, metro, and in the airport. Thinking they must be good with so many about, I did my research and made the jump. I am glad I did. This bag is spacious and has room for my company issued laptop, my personal laptop, a padfolio, (full) cable accessory bag and my small umbrella. I still have room left for sunglasses and other items with pleanty of room left over. The material is very durable and the zippers well made; they glide easily. The straps are strong and comfortable. the two side drink holding pockets are great as are the small accessory pockets on the sides. My only grumble would be that the cell phone pocket on the straps is small for today's larger phones (will not hold a Galaxy Note).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sturdy, Roomy, and Comfortable

    Posted
    intruder44

    I picked up this bag about a week ago for a laptop I had ordered online. The laptop is a 17.3" widescreen and it fits into this bag with room to spare. There's also plenty of room for to carry the laptop charger, a Logitech G35 Headset (this is a fairly large headset), Steel Series World of Warcraft Mouse, mouse pad, and wrist rests for the moust pad and keyboard. These pieces all fit into the main compartment. There are still other compartments for smaller items. The only thing I haven't been able to find room to put in this bag is a full sized keybaord, which I wouldn't have expected to pack into the bag anyway. The top compartment is large enough to store my Nintendo DS, games for the DS, and my mp3 player. My only fault with this bag is that I haven't figured out the proper way to insert my laptop into the bag. The laptop compartment has a section to insert your laptop and strap it in, but it feels like the laptop is upside down when I put it in there. If I turn it over the screen side of the laptop would be laying on my back which seems even stranger. The bag is well padded, so I dont' think I'll have any long term issues either way the laptop is stored in the bag, but it would be nice to know what the "correct" way to do it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great update and tons of usable space

    Posted
    jsey21

    I was looking for a replace for my old SwissGear backpack that I had been using for years. It finally, after about six years, started to show some wear and tear. I did a TON of shopping and reading reviews and decided on this one. I went to my local BestBuy and they matched the best price I could get for this online. I can't say enough about how happy I am on this purchase. It's solid construction, holds a large laptop easily, tons of working space. I travel for work and I keep this packed w/ everything I would need for when I'm on the road: laptop, back-up battery packs, iPad, iPad mini, and tons of chargers and other odds and ends that I have needed in the past when I was out away from the office. This has more than enough space for everything and is still comfortable to carry on my back. It actually helps relieve some back stress as it sits higher on my back than my old one. Only complaint (if you can call it that) would be a pocket or way to organize the main pockets in the front to help utilize the space at the top of the pocket a little better. Overall, you will not go wrong with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bag, a little pricey

    Posted
    ColonelHavoc

    After purchasing a Gateway P6860FX 17" laptop the old bag just wouldn't do. I needed something that could hold my new laptop and my work laptop with room to spare. This bag certainly fit the bill! I can get those into it plus all accessories, my old laptop (which I am trying to sell), my work portfolio, and I still have a ton of room for other things like cameras and lenses. It is very well padded and does a great job of keeping everything tight and secure. It took me a day or so to finally decide to buy this bag as I felt it was a little much to pay. But, after looking around, it's about the middle of the road in price when considering a solid, good looking bag that was designed for what I need. I was also hoping to find something that could roll as I travel quite a bit and it's nice not having to lug 20-30 pounds around on my back when running from terminal to terminal. Fortunately, the fit is awesome and very comfortable. Plus it has air ducts that keep your back from getting too wet when really exerting yourself. Overall, this is a good, solid bag that will hold everything and more and it looks great. If you're like me and a little apprehensive about the cost, think of it as a good investment. I am glad that I bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend