LE Business Backpack
Great - Fits a laptop and more
At first I did not think that the Dell 13.3 inch laptop would fit. I had to get a 15 inch sleeve because of the laptop battery. The laptop and neoprene case fit in the laptop section. It is not a tight fit, but it is not loose either. Enough room in front for papers to grade.
July 25, 2015
I had bought this pack to take on vacation/hiking. I was going to replace an older, different brand. After it arrived, I knew it would be too small for my needs. I have it to my husband who doesn't carry as my as I do. I think that it really is a business/comuter type bag more than hiking.
July 3, 2015
A great backpack instead of a briefcase
I use this backpack to commute daily to downtown Chicago. It is a roomy backpack, and can hold my laptop, lunch, notebooks, and a small umbrella, and there is still more room. I wish I would have ditched the briefcase earlier
June 21, 2015
Excellent backpack with a couple notes
I replaced a ballistic nylon oversized briefcase (about the size of the rolling case from LE) and this has more room and is much easier to carry than a strap type of case. I love the orange accents and put my initials on it in "persimmon" which matches the accents perfectly. Just some notes to add to the other excellent reviews here: If you're used to a more outdoorsy structured backpack, this backpack will seem uncomfortable with a medium laptop on board. The laptop area of the backpack is right up against your back, which doesn't allow the bag to settle naturally into the curvature of your back. I have a 15.4" laptop, which I carried for a week, and this was my only serious gripe with this bag. It's very, very flat, obviously, which then puts the corner of the laptop right at the top of your derrier. Not comfortable for long stretches. Luckily, I hardly ever carry a full-size laptop. I stow my ipad and an extra smaller crossbody bag in that area for the most part so no issues. My other very minor gripe is that it could use at least one more separation/pocket in the bag. For work, I carry 2 pairs of sunglasses, and 2 pairs of glasses. I had space for everything but felt that beyond the basics, my additional items were just kind of loose in the bag. The glasses now float around in the bottom. I also added another nylon zipper case to carry my paper files. One more partition would have made all the difference. (Not that I expect LE to design a bag with 4 glass-cases in mind!) Just a thought, LE: A velcro'd moveable partition would have been great! With these "gripes" in mind, I still give the bag 5 stars. For basic office going, commuter, train portability in mind, it works great!
June 1, 2015
High quality bag
I ordered this bag in January, and I gave it a semester's worth of hard labor before reviewing it. It is a wonderful bag. It looks good; it has good capacity (capacity: full-size laptop, 25 student essays, an anthology, my lunch, two drinks, and more pens and paperclips than I would like to admit). I use it for my daily work bag, but I plan to take it travelling as well.
Dual, high-quality stretchy cup holders on the sides--one for coffee, one for water.
The way it feels on my back--like it was made for me.
Professional look (I'm a college teacher, so I don't need boardroom leather, just a step above my students' bags).
Good quality zippers.
The zippers all look alike--I sometimes have to open several compartments before finding the one I want.
It could be just a touch roomier in the large (center) compartment.
May 15, 2015
A great bag for commuting!
I looked for a long time before ordering this bag. My previous Lands End backpack I'd initially used as a diaper bag and then as a work bag. It was fifteen years old and finally needed replacing. After looking at others from different manufacturers I returned to Lands End for this commuter bag which is perfect for me. I hope it lasts fifteen years too - though I hope I'm not still working in fifteen years!
May 11, 2015
Fantastic Bag, best quality I've seen!
I got this bag and had it monogrammed in order to replace my current backpack for my business laptop as I travel weekly to client locations and want a high quality backpack that will last and can carry everything I need for my computer, cell, tablet, etc, it does all that and more.
February 8, 2015
Fabulous sleek backpack
I agree with everything AnnieAlexa wrote with the exception that the chest strap on mine does slide - it's just very stiff. As someone with narrow shoulders, the chest strap saves the day.
In addition to a macbook air I put a spiral notebook and 1/4" of papers in the laptop pocket without problems.
I bought this bag in part for its looks and I think it delivers: sleek with no reflective stripes or colored zippers, just a bit of orange stitching around the top.
My only problem is with its height - 19" My torso neck to waist is 16". Sometimes I notice it bouncing against my backside if it's heavy and I'm walking a lot.
The zippers are very strong (can't just pull the compartments open) as is all the stitching - it is very well made & sturdy.
Hard to see in the photo - there's a horizontal strap on the back that will slip over a luggage handle. It works well.
I really like it for school, work, and travel.
January 28, 2015
I use this to carry my laptop and files and I have to walk through NYC. I have arthritis and this has made my life much easier.
January 24, 2015
I purchase this to take on our cruise the first of January and it was a great help with all the pockets and holds a lot! It kept me very organized with all the paperwork and cruise documents that you have to carry.
January 15, 2015