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We dig the wool-blend fabric and smart herringbone pattern.
The HEX Drake Origin is a good-looking pack. Made from blended wool, the herringbone pattern is hip and doesn’t scream tech-geek. Following the trend of using natural fabrics in bags, the Drake Origin even has leather zipper pulls. The pack feels solid and well-constructed.
While the Origin is advertised as holding up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, its dimensions of 18x14x4.5 inches should accommodate the 17-inch MacBook Pro, too. It doesn’t have a million pockets to lose your items in—just a fleece-lined laptop pocket, a couple of interior organization pockets, and a padded pocket on the front to hold an iPad.
While some users will like the cavernous interior, others won’t. For us, the Drake Origin was simply too big—large enough to hold another small backpack. The padded straps weren’t quite padded enough for our taste, and we found it uncomfortable to hold heavy loads for a long time. But students in particular might enjoy how much room it has for textbooks, as well as its fashionable styling.
The bottom line. If you regularly haul a laptop, an iPad, and a bunch of other stuff, the Origin will fit the bill. And the Drake line also features smaller bags and sleeves in the same herringbone style if you don’t need the Origin’s kitchen-sink capacity.
Something to carry
Well-constructed. Hip styling. Large.
Minimal organization. Awkward shape. Somewhat uncomfortable straps, especially for heavy loads.