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Commute

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/6)

A little stiff, other than that, a solid commuter choice for school/work/travel. The Moss color is better in person than in the photos! It’s comfortable and my laptop feels safe and secure in it.

Positive
Peighdreaux

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/8)

The pack and padding also were excellent for walk commuting and work travel. Easily carried large headphones, snacks, travel pillow, water bottle, wipes, and fit under the seat on airplane.

Positive
RunnerSteph

Laptop

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/17)

I decided to finally invest in one that would fit my laptop. For the first time since getting my MacBook on my 18th birthday in 2014, I have a backpack to carry it in!!! I am so thrilled. I also look much more professional in this. I ALSO got to personalize it to keep some ~PINK~ and still look professional ;) Any time I can fit pink and professional together, I do! Thanks Timbuk2!!!!

Positive
MadP the Politician

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/3)

Would rate 5 stars if there were two adjustments 1) sturdier sleeve for my laptop (sometimes the bag gets tossed around and I'd love more piece of mind into the laptop sleeve's ability to hold and pad my laptop) 2) the zippers are really stiff out of the gates. I assume they will loosen up over time but right now it's not easier to access the pockets and my packed belongings quickly and easily.

Neutral
mesmundo

Carry-on

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/10)

This one is for my youngest headed off to college in a few weeks. These backpacks are durable and stylish.

Positive
Alexandra

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/3)

For the next update there were only two new packs that sparked interest. To test out the newest contenders, I carried one on a three-day trip to San Francisco and the other on a week-long trip to Seattle and Portland, Oregon, as well as on a three-week visit to several islands in the Caribbean. For this most recent update, REI had replaced our previous pick, the Ruckpack 65, with our current pick, the Ruckpack 60+. Since they are largely the same design, I tested the 60+ around my house to make sure there weren't any hidden differences

Positive

Strap

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/10)

TImbuk2 bags are great looking bags and some of them are decent quality. However the one I got is "Storm" and fabric feels too harsh, the straps are not comfortable whatsoever.

Neutral
Nick the Reviewer

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/7)

That said, I never actually had to use the rain fly on this trip, the misting conditions we road through at times were no match for the outer surface of the pack as I never had issues with things getting wet. The two side straps were perfect for attaching random things to the pack or for attaching my helmet while I was flying to the start of the ride. The bottom attachment point for a light was also used and greatly appreciated. The hydration sleave worked quite well and I like the velcro strap for holding up the bladder as it made it easy to add/remove it

Positive
Hikebikeguy

Size

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/7)

The bag seems too tall, and not deep enough (from front to back). I don't carry that much stuff, and I struggle to get it all to fit. The annoying part, is there's plenty of room on top of my stuff. It seems this space should be allocated to make the bag half an inch deeper

Negative
Cristina

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/6)

At that point, it's nice to throw it into a pannier and have it available for walking around, though it's a little tall even for my fairly large pannier. In general, it feels larger than I want a commuter pack to be; there's 4-5" of dead space at the top of the pack, which I suspect would still be too much even with a full-sized laptop in there.

Neutral
rabbit

Compartment

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/7)

Look at all I could fit inside --Simple. No endless selection of pockets and pouches that break up the volume so much that you can't fit big things in it --Separate padded laptop compartment --Soft-lined tablet sleeve --Attached key ring --Simple selection of pockets on the interior. Just enough for a couple of pens, a charger, etc. --One large exterior compartment --Nicely ventilated in the back --Strong top handle CONS: --I could do without the compression buckles on the sides

Neutral
Frank V

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/8)

I have some memory cards and also have some cables here: [ Music ] - and i have my my trusty knife here. You never know if you run into a bear or something in the woods or if you need to cut some cables or something something breaks uh. I also i also have uh some tools, but i keep it in the uh in the back of the bike, all right so moving on to the main compartment. This is the one all right, so i have my my drone dji mini

Positive
Frantic TV

Comfort

Timbuk2 The Division Pack

(1/3)

Was able to get this on sale after eyeing it up for a couple weeks and diligent research. This backpack is incredibly comfortable and well built! I’ve taken it to the Caribbean, including beaches, all day treks and the padding on the straps kept it comfortable all day! Will easily fit a 15” laptop in the pocket, and the main pocket has plenty of room for other things such as books or equipment. Is on the smaller size as backpacks go, but that’s what I was looking for.

Positive
Colton

REI Co-op Commuter Pack

(1/9)

Overall, the fit is surprisingly comfortable. I have fairly wide shoulders and chest, so smaller packs tend to feel a tight and constricting for me. However, this pack hugs my back and doesn't prevent me from taking large breaths. This is aided by the stretch sternum strap which is snug with several inches of play

Positive
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