- October 13 2011
I would call myself a backpack expert. I use a backpack every day. The Women's Surge is awesome. I carry a laptop, papers, everything that you'd have in a purse and a briefcase combined. This backpack has a place for everything. I also walk 3 miles to work and it is super comfortable. It fits close to my back and the weight is well distributed. The only slight issue that I have is that the front side zips are a little difficult, because the top part of the zipper is not fixed. It is also a bit of a hassle getting into the padded pocket in the front section. I don't know about the durability because I've only had it a couple of weeks.
- December 18 2010
The surge backpack is the best backpack I have ever had. It distributes the weight evenly and it doesn't look too bulky even when I have a lot books and binders in it. I would definitely recommend it to friends; it's worth the heftier price.
- February 11 2012
Good modern travel backpack
I bought this pack to use as a do-it-all bag for travel, and I am not disappointed. I use the padded compartment for my laptop and/or iPad. My clothes fit in the one large compartment. Then there is another ample compartment for keys, phone, wallet and such. I'm sure there is a nifty use for the front compartment with the two zippers -- I just haven't figured it out yet! I really like the design of the water bottle pockets on the side. They have retention straps above the pocket, so if you have a large or tall bottle, you can restrain it with the straps as well so it doesn't fall out if you bend over. Another handy feature is the reflective patches -- it's nice to know they're there if you get caught out after dark in a strange city. My complaint, and the reason it didn't get five stars -- I would like to see beefier padding on the shoulder straps and waist strap. If it was really heavily loaded they could get uncomfortable. I think the only difference between this and the men's pack is this one is 2" shorter. I am 5'6" and I think I could reasonably carry either one. So if you are much taller than I am, you might want to get the men's. Except of course the sternum strap placement on the womens is better for us gals.
- February 20 2011
I was debating on a lot of backpacks before purchasing this one. I had a lot of things to carry to school and my regular JanSport was straining my back. Also, it wasn't meant to carry many things. So I searched around and wanted one that was designed for women because the regular ones looked too big. I am 5'3" and it doesn't make me look like I'm carrying something too big on my back. Overall, I am pretty happy with the purchase of the Tungsten Grey one. PROS: - Quality of backpack is very good. - Doesn't strain my back while carrying a lot of things: One textbook, 1" binder, 1/4" paperback textbook, 2 composition book, 13" MacBook Pro with case cover, insulated water bottle, pens, pencils, calculator, cellular phone, and snacks. - Two sided water bottle pockets. - Organizer. - Variety of colors to choose from. CONS: - Price. - It can be a little small if you need to carry a lot of textbooks. I can only fit one in mine. I would say two textbooks would be the most if the books aren't too bulky and if your binder is 1".