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The water bottle pockets on the sides are especially handy.
If you’re on the hunt for a professional-looking backpack to haul your daily tech, you could do a lot worse than the ECBC Harpoon Daypack. Made of durable water-repelling ballistic nylon, the Harpoon is a great choice for commuters and adventurers alike.
For work, this pack features pockets for everything a cubicle warrior might carry, all in compact form. The Harpoon fits an iPad and 17-inch laptop with just enough padding to protect the two. It also has the usual pen organizers, document pocket, fleece-lined top pocket for sunglasses or other delicate goods, key hook, and even expandable side water bottle pockets. Despite its large capacity, the pack never felt unwieldy or cumbersome, even on my 5-foot-3-inch frame. The Harpoon won’t comfortably fit enough for a weekend trip or even a larger DSLR (at least not along with your iPad and laptop), but we can’t fault it for that—it wasn’t really designed for those items.
Unlike many comparable backpacks, the Harpoon is well constructed down to its sturdy YKK zippers. Available in gray and black, both colors will fit right into any professional setting. Urban commuters will appreciate the bag’s water resistance—I biked through the Honolulu rains with my laptop inside, and the bag’s interior remained completely dry. It isn’t waterproof, so don’t go jumping into the nearest ocean with it, but you can walk to work on rainy days.
The only thing I don’t like about the Harpoon is the straps; they’re wider at the neck and weighed down my neck and shoulders more than backpacks designed for hiking or biking. This proved particularly uncomfortable while cycling, but if your commute involves a bus or a train, you might not even notice.
The bottom line. Well-made and professional, the Harpoon holds a lot of gear in a compact design.
Something to carry
Well-constructed. Super-compact, yet high capacity for the size. Pockets for everything.
Straps could be more comfortable for active use.