Top critical review
Quite a Good Backpack But Improvements Could Definitely be Made
on 11 May 2016
I just got my backpack (in Brize Black) and am quite happy with it and it looks attractive. However, I am a bit disappointed in some ways, and surprised now at some of the 5 star reviews of it! It looks nice and fairly substantial but the one thing that immediately struck me about it was that it doesn't have as many compartments and pockets as I expected it to. It has a main front zipped pocket that has no other zipped pocket inside it - it's just the one big front pocket. That has a smaller pocket attached to the front with the Eastpak logo on and when that is opened up there's a pocket on the inside with slots for mobile phone, pens, etc. The main bag itself expands and has a stiff bottom 'liner' to put at the bottom when it is expanded, and this main compartment has one padded sleeve for a Notebook / laptop. Somehow I expected it to be more capacious, given some of the reviews on here that say it is, but it's fairly big. There are no pockets at the outer back of the backpack, which I was a bit disappointed about as I've had previous backpacks (not Eastpak) that had zipped pockets at the back as well, which are always useful. One thing I do like about this backpack is that the straps are firm and quite stiff, and the middle inside section of the straps feels slightly rubbery so they'll grip well and not slide around when the backpack is on. Also, I like the handle at the top of the backpack, which is rubberized, and the straps at the side which will help prevent the backpack from slumping forward and will keep the contents in place. Still, for me the letdown of this backpack is that there could have been some more zipped pockets on the outside back. I would also think that, given that it's not a cheap backpack, there could be some rubbery 'feet' at the bottom for when it's stood on the ground, which would keep it in good condition. So, personally I think there definitely could be some improvements still made to this backpack and I would not have paid full price for it (which seems to be around the £60 mark). Luckily, I only paid about £28 for mine on here and I'm OK with that price!