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June 13, 2012
For context: I'm a bag...
For context: I'm a bag whore. Just like another reviewer here. Have a million. Out of all of them, my gold standard is the Oakley Vertical Computer Bag 3.0 (no longer made but they have a good-enough replacement out). However, all of my equipment has gotten smaller, but my Oakley bag remains the same size, so I've been on the hunt for a long time for a replacement.
I've been through them all. ALL. Making liberal use of return policies, too. Most recently, the champ was the Tom Bihn Ristretto 13". Not really a huge fan of Tom Bihn but it seemed to fit the bill. Two weeks in and man, while it can expand gracefully, there just aren't enough pockets. And no reason why there couldn't be more.
The WR-08 has been on my radar for a long while, and I finally pulled the trigger. One day in so far. I'm really liking it overall. Very light but very durable, and as others mention, plenty of pockets. Where it shines in that like my Oakley, it has plenty of pocketing available without having to open any main compartment. This is one of those design features that every bag should have - quick access storage!
- Light! Durable!
- Pockets everywhere, both internal and external for quick access.
- Lightly padded interior for delicate bits of tech. (You may still want a sleeve for your laptop though.)
- Bright orange interior makes it easy to find things.
- Expands gracefully.
- Due to minimal internal structure, sits tight on your body whether you're wearing it one-shoulder or cross-body.
- No pen loops (aka pen holders). Kind of a weak omission. ;)
- Shoulder strap cannot be easily replaced. Sure you could rethread a new strap into the clamps with the help of a flathead screwdriver and patience, like a lot of other bags, but seriously: every bag should have D-rings. Every bag ever. Period.
- Shoulder pad is built into the strap; could also be much more slip-proof. It does have some rubber, but neoprene would have been a better fit.
- There are two clips on the sides that, in addition to velcro, hold the main front panel down. They're designed to allow you to get into the two front pockets, without fully lifting/disengaging the main front panel and thereby potentially exposing your goods to the outside world. I can see the reasoning behind these, but they're not removable. Ergo, if they're not clipped, they just sorta flop around; if they are clipped, it's more involved to get inside the main bag areas. Personally, they're a con, but I don't want to risk messing up the bag removing them with an X-Acto blade.
Anyway! Overall, solid 4/5. Highly recommended!
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