Living in the suburbs, and commuting into NYC, you would think is easy. It is, but it can also be a cumbersome task when you are schlepping a notebook, laptop, file folders, and EDC every day. I also travel nationally quite a bit on business. With all the “stuff” I was carrying, it got to be a bit heavy. I have used to use a nice Coach leather briefcase, I have tried messenger bags, traditional backpacks, etc., and was just never satisfied. So, quite by accident I came across a video on YouTube.com some time ago discussing the benefits of the Maxpedition Gearslinger Back Pack. I took a closer look at it, and then searched their site a little more and saw the Kodiak Gearslinger, Maxpedition’s larger version of the one that was reviewed… I waffled for a week or two, but then thought, what the hell… I spent the money on the pack, and have not looked back since…
Now, why do I think it is the best? Besides being the best I have found, thus far, I like the fact that I can swing the pack from my back to my chest and open it from the side easily. It holds the weight of what I put in it well. It works well for hiking as well as the city. It is just a good all around bag. I think it is the perfect commuter’s bag in the suburbs, has molle straps, it is very high quality, and highly recommend it.
Here is the video review that I first saw on the Sitka:
Here is a video review on the Kodiak Gearslinger: