Limited capacity, even with all those pockets
Right up front I have to admit that I haven't used this bag for its original purpose. I haven't been through airport security & haven't even put my laptop into it: I just use it as my daily briefcase. At first glance, the case is extremely well made, with rugged nylon sides and beefy handles, and all the zippers work like a dream. Coming from a large messenger bag, I knew I'd have to reduce the amount of stuff I carry around, and that was part of the idea. But this bag has little in the way of extra room for a carry-your-office-with-you guy, and without a gusset to give you some slack, it gets really crowded in there. The front pockets are each big enough to carry a large glasses case, but that's about it -- for example, they're not big enough for a mass-market paperback. Also, without a laptop in the laptop compartment, the bag is front-heavy and won't stand up by itself. The shoulder strap is stretchy and really comfortable, but ONLY if you like to carry your bag at your side -- either on the same shoulder or the opposite one. The shoulder pad is sewn into the strap, and even though both ends of the strap adjust, I haven't been able to carry the bag at the small of my back the way I want and have the shoulder pad on my actual shoulder. Finally, the handles are rubber, which would make a huge difference if I were carrying a heavy laptop, but for a briefcase they're oversized and don't really mesh together well. I have a farily big hand, but after three weeks I still haven't figured out the best way to carry the thing. In short, it'd be fine for someone who wants to travel with a laptop, but it's not really working for me.
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