As technology becomes more mobile, options to carry our gear becomes important. Personally, I prefer carrying backpacks. Not sure if its because I work in a school setting, or I just like the style. I recently was able to try out the Commuter Series from Exos-Gear ($29.95). I filled it with some gear and headed out. Let’s take a look!
There are a few musts when I am choosing a backpack for my gear. It must have enough pockets and compartments, it must be lightweight and comfortable to wear and it must look good. Of course, everyone has their own style and opinions, but I will still give my thoughts on the Ex0s-Gear Commuter Series backpack.
The backpack I am using is all black with some white highlights, but it comes in nine different color options. Yes, I am boring, but I prefer my bags to not have much color or flair.
The first thing I noticed is that the backpack is lightweight but also has a durable feel. The nylon material has a rip stop design and should hold up fine to extended use. The straps and back are padded with a breathable material that adds in comfort, especially in the Texas sun. The bag is also pretty light which is important since it will be packed with gear.
The Commuter Series backpack sports four main zippered compartments.
- Main compartment size: 12 inches wide, 19 inches tall, and 4 inches deep.
- Secondary compartment size: 11 inches wide, 18 inches tall, and 2.5 inches deep.
- Upper front compartment size: 11 wide inches, 16 inches tall, and 2 inches deep.
- Lower front compartment size: 11 inches wide, 12 inches tall, and 2 inches deep.
The main compartment includes a padded laptop slot as well as couple of other pockets. I am currently carrying my HP 2-in-1 as well as another similar device I am testing for the school. Each fit well and have plenty of protection. There are two zipper options to gain entry which allows the laptop slot to remain safe while using the rest of the compartment.
The secondary compartment is not as deep, but does not include any pockets or pouches. This spot is perfect for clothes if using as an overnight bag for business or books and folders for students. The upper front pocket is a smaller version and can also hold larger items.
The lower front compartment includes a multi pocket organizer which also includes a removable key fob. Pens, cell phone, chargers and cables, flash drives, wallet, business cards etc. can all be stored here. This is where all of your small items you do not want in your pockets. The key fob is a nice touch since I hate carrying anything in my pockets.
There are other small details that make the Exos-Gear Commuter Series my new go to bag. Two mesh water bottle pouches can be found on the sides and there are side straps to tighten the compartments down. There is also a small, padded pouch at the very top that I use to hold my headphones. The front has a hanger hook and loop system to allow for added items if needed.
The Exos-Gear Commuter Series backpack has taken over as my daily carry bag for all of my gear. There are more compartments than I actually use, but I am glad to have them available. I love the fit and weight of the bag and the padded straps and back. For $29.95 from Tactical Intent, this is a super affordable backpack option, and I assure you it looks and feels just like the much more expensive bags.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample.
What I Like: Lightweight, durable and looks great. Awesome backpack.
What Can Be Improved: For the price, I can’t find anything that needs improvement.