I have been on the hunt for a bag that I can use as a work/play bag for a while. I wanted something that screamed outdoors. Even though what I was using it for was mainly work, I wanted something that would let people know that I love the outdoors. All the packs by Topo Designs accomplish this. They are very functional and stylish. Before I received the Mountain Bag I was using an Osprey Quantum backpack as my every day carry bag. I was looking for a new bag that I could use to haul my gear to the office, meetings, coffee shops, or just a quick trip on the trail. I liked the Opsrey pack, but there were a few things that annoyed me about it.
When I received the Mountain Bag I was super impressed. This bag is going to last forever. It is made out of 1000d Cordura and made in the USA. The bag is feature rich and offers a sweet vintage look. I am not going to lie. I got a ton of compliments on this bag when I started to take it to the office. It holds a ton of stuff.....and I mean a ton! I have taken it on video shoots where I would add a DSLR and lens to my already full load and it handled it all well with room to spare. I will never out pack this bag because it holds more stuff than I own and it holds it all well. The layout is awesome and is easy to remember where you put your things.
Again. This bag is made of 1000d cordura that will last you forever. The zippers....the freaking zippers are awesome. They are huge YKK brand zippers that are hands down the best zippers I have ever used on anything. As much as I love this pack....the zippers have to be my favorite feature of the pack. They have huge zipper pulls that make it easy to just grab and open the pack.
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My one complaint on this bag is the water bottle pockets. They are made out of the same fabric as the bag and make it hard to slip in my Klean Kanteen Insulated water bottle. It holds a normal plastic bottle, but I normally carry my water in some other stainless bottle. I wish that they were a tad bigger, or made out of a stretch material.
My other minor complaint is the black color. If I could pick again I think I would have gone with the Coyote Brown. The black though is sweet and has really grown on me. The issue is that it really shows pet hair and dirt. I just have to make sure I brush it off every time I pick it up to run out the door or pick it up off of the floor. I am really digging the packs from Topo Designs and am hoping to get my hands on a backpack of theirs. As much as I love the messenger bag style, I still don't know if I like it more than a backpack.
This bag makes a great grab and go day hiking bag. I like to take this out on the trail if I just want to get away and journal or take a camera and snap pictures. It is easy to sling it around and grab what I want without having to take my pack off. This bag is meant to last.
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