I recently got my hands on a dope new backpack from Incase, so I wanted to write up a review to let you guys know what I think about it.
The bag is Incase’s EO Travel Backpack that sells for $179.95 on their site. Incase has a ton of different backpacks, but I chose this one because it was different than traditional top load backpacks and I really wanted to try something new for when I go on quick trips.
There are essentially three compartments—the main compartment that opens up more like a book or a roller bag than a traditional backpack, the back section that’s made for a computer and/or iPad, and the front area that has a ton of little nooks and crannies where I can tuck away all kinds of stuff like my chargers, mouse, business cards, and portable hard drive.
Here are the top six things I like about the Incase EO Travel Backpack:
1. The Overall Sleek Look
I’m not into flashy colors or bright logos (anymore), so this thing is perfect in terms of how it looks. It’s just straight black, looks super clean, the logos aren’t too in your face, and the materials they use have a pretty techy appearance. I’m not even sure why it looks that way to me, but when you look at the bag, you just know it’s a really modern and high-end product and not just an ordinary backpack.
2. It Can Hold My 17” Computer
I’ve been rockin’ a huge 17” Mack Book for several years now, and a lot of bags can’t even hold a computer that big. The EO Travel Backpack actually has two sections that can hold my monster computer though—one that’s soft and padded that’s perfect if I don’t want to use my case, and another that’s still big enough to hold the computer when it’s in my G-Form case. Since I do a lot of outdoorsy and adventure type stuff and tend to throw my bag around while on the go, I usually have the computer inside the case, and this backpack has no problem accommodating.
3. The Padding & Comfort
Anyone who has spent some time walking from terminal to terminal inside airports knows that backpacks can become a huge pain in the ass real quick. Thankfully the EO Travel Backpack has super good padding on the back and shoulders, and it also has the strap that goes across your chest so you can make adjustments here and there to make it more comfortable.
4. It’s Weather Resistant
Like I mentioned before, I do a lot of outdoorsy stuff, for lack of better words. I’ve been to 35 countries and have seen my fair share of rain and rough weather conditions along the way. Having a backpack that can take a little abuse from rain and everything else is a must.
5. The Side Handle
This is one of those things that might not seem like much, but it’s actually really rad and extremely convenient in certain circumstances. Seasoned travelers will know exactly what I’m talking about, but until you’ve spent a lot of time on the road you might not get it, so you’ll have to trust me on this one.
6. Attention to Detail
I guess you can say this bullet point is pretty much the same as number one listed above, but A) six sounded better than five when I was making my list, B) it brings the list full circle, and C) it’s my list, so I call the shots. The quality of the material and craftsmanship, the treatment of the Incase logos, and the thought that obviously went into the design are all on point. As a former graphic designer and as someone who has a smidge of OCD, I notice and appreciate the small stuff, and Incase is on dialed with everything.
This wouldn’t be an honest review without mentioning a few places where the EO Travel Backpack falls a little short in my opinion, so here ya go…
– It doesn’t have any side pockets, which is something I got used to on my old travel backpack. You know, the kind of pocket that you dump random junk into? For some reason I feel like it’s missing one of those.
– The main compartment doesn’t hold quite as much as I’d like it to, which limits the amount of stuff I can cram in there. This one is definitely for shorter trips or just romping around town with.
So there you have it ladies and gents… If you like what you see and want to check one of these bad boys for yourself, hit up the Incase website!