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This is a fantastic bag,...
, February 9, 2012
This is a fantastic bag, but comes short of perfection for me:
-LOTS of little compartments- great for holding small gadgets, keeps things from
-Bright orange liner- easy to find things, even in dim light
-Sturdy "handle" bit at the top- useful for hanging the bag on hooks
-Hidden wallet pocket is a nice touch. It's on the side.
-Durable, rainproof material keeps everything dry.
-Bag is great using both straps or just over one shoulder.
-Exceptionally light for size
-Compact, yet still holds a lot
-The lunch compartment (bottom portion of the backpack in the front), if empty
it has trouble standing on it's own- this bad always has to be leaning against
-tends to be a little top heavy unless you use the lunch compartment, which I
-minor con- sometimes zippers can get slightly caught on the rain protection
flaps, but that rarely happens
Overall it's a great bag and I don't regret buying it, but I wish it was just a
tiny bit better. And yet this is by *far* better than the generic, heavy, huge
compartment backpacks that are so common here, so I probably can't complain too
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This is a great pack...
, November 21, 2011
This is a great pack and once I got over the learning curve of all the
compartments, I find it really handy. It makes me realize how poorly designed
many backpacks are. This bag is nice and compact and, because of its design,
holds more than its size suggests. I agree with the other poster about the fact
that it needs a grab handle to be able to stand up on its own, and as a female
owner, I wish they made a more feminine version in brighter colors.
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This backpack gets top...
, October 18, 2010
This backpack gets top marks on nearly every score. It is comfortable for my
5'5" frame, holds everything I need, the weight is balanced nicely, it's
unobtrusive, well-made, I love the bright orange lining and the well-thought-out
array of pockets, including the "lunch compartment" down below. "A place for
everything and everything in its place," and I can find it all! There are three
frustrations. It sorely needs a very sturdy grab handle; it is not configured to
stand upright on its own; and the water bottle pocket is a very tight fit for
American 16-oz. water bottles. The chest strap is a little funky-looking and I
| CB-01 vs. WL-25 - I have...
, May 11, 2014
CB-01 vs. WL-25 - I have both.
Summary (full review below):
WL-25 is less expensive, larger (good for several A4/US-size folders or
notebooks), and feels cheaper in quality. The straps are poorly designed and not
very ergonomic, especially considering that you'd presumably be carrying a
heavier load in this larger bag. There are fewer pockets and they do not feel as
useful as the CB-01's pockets. The main compartment can fit a laptop, but the
bottom of the bag is as thin as the rest of the bag, so you would NOT want to
bring a laptop without a protective cover/case.
CB-01 is smaller, more expensive, more ergonomic, the straps are much more
appropriately reinforced/designed. The pockets are far more practical (for me at
least) and there are more pockets overall. Smaller size means less
notebook/folder capacity (for standard US-size folders and notebooks, A4 I
WL-25 (larger, cheaper) is definitely of a poorer quality. The back and straps
are not as well padded or reinforced, the straps are not ergonomic at all
(compare the pictures), despite the contents likely being heavier - why else
would you buy the larger bag? Its compartments are also less functional than the
CB-01, at least for my purposes. There are also much fewer outside pockets on
this bag. There is one pocket in particular (the top one which has a vertical
zipper) which I find particularly cumbersome, as whenever you open it to get
something out, smaller items you may keep in that pocket will fall out. The
outside pockets also do not extend as far out from the bag.
CB-01 is smaller and better designed overall. The straps are better padded and
designed - the structure of the straps is such that the weight of the bag is
more evenly spread out on one's shoulders. There is this one great pocket pocket
on the back of the bag (flat pocket, with a zippered opening on the side to the
right if you're wearing it) that can easily be opened by reaching for it, but
can't be easily accessed unless you are specifically trying to go for it (harder
to steal, I think?) - you kind of have to arch your back in a specific way to
get to it. I use this pocket to hold a small flat wallet on a bungee cord for
RFID-based public transit or private-entry systems (the kind where you hold the
card up to the scanner without having to swipe anything), but it can really be
used for any small item that you'd want to keep somewhat concealed or would want
to be able to access without removing your bag.
The CB-01 is smaller, which means less space for large items such as A4/standard
US sized folders/notebooks/textbooks. I've managed to fit a few notebooks and
folders, but sometimes the top corners will bend due to the size/shape of the
bag. This bag is AWESOME for anything smaller (shorter) than US/A4 sized
notebooks/folders. The top-front pocket is actually amazing for planners or
smaller size notebooks (I have one that's about 6"x9"), and it will fit several
Conclusion: the CB-01 is awesome if you don't use a whole lot of standard US/A4
notebooks. The CB-25 is OK, but I wish I'd have gotten a similar bag by a
different brand instead.
| It's exactly what I wanted,...
, March 24, 2014
It's exactly what I wanted, not too big and so dang organized that I thankfully
have a hard time losing anything!! I was initially worried that not everything
would fit, but there are so many little streamlined hiding-places that
everything /does/, and the backpack doesn't bulge in a worrying way or anything.
I generally carry around two A4 size notebooks, two textbooks and a binder full
of loose-leaf paper, pencil case on top, and I still have room in my other
pockets for a make-up bag, headphones, a tiny notepad, a novel-- I could go on
but, suffice it to say, this holds everything I need in a school day plus a few
contingency items. This backpack is very comfortable, as well. A frequent
problem I have as a student is bags that begin to be uncomfortable, or that tend
to bounce around and cause my shoulders and eventually back to ache. I was
extremely happy to discover that this pack is just the right size to keep the
bulk of weight close to my center if balance, has extremely comfortable shoulder
pads, and generally causes the minimum amount if discomfort. Thank you for
offering this product!!