The process of picking the right backpack can’t be taken lightly. The right backpack will carry all of the items you need for school, travel or whatever journey you’re headed for. The right backpack is functional, eye-catching and valued. Unfortunately the only thing the wrong backpack will carry is dust bunnies. So take time to find the backpack that can truly add form, fit and functionality for your next journey. Make way for the all new Lowepro RidgeLine Pro BP 300 AW. This backpack will quickly become one of your all-time favorite backpacks. This backpack meets all of the requirements for an ultimate daypack.
The all-new RidgeLine Pro BP 300 AW comes in three colors (Horizon Blue, Black or Camo). Check out all of these fantastic features:
The first pocket is designed like a folder. It features two open pouches that face each other: one for a laptop and one for a tablet. The laptop pouch rests directly behind the backpack and fits a 15-inch laptop (with a case) perfectly.
Lowepro designed the laptop pouch to keep it from bumping into anything. The pouch is raised about a half-inch from the bottom of the bag. That means that when you put the backpack on the floor, the laptop will not actually touch the ground. There is no need to worry about denting your computer because it will be hovering off the ground in the specially designed raised pouch.
Across from the laptop pouch is the tablet pouch. It comfortably fits an iPad Mini in an Otterbox case or a low-tech eight-inch Moleskin journal. An iPhone 6S plus fits perfectly if you don’t have a purse or pocket. This is extremely handy because it will be completely safe in the pouch, not getting knocked around with books and other loose items.
There is a space between these two pouches which makes it the perfect place to put your laptop charger, something most backpacks don’t have. Now there’s a place for a charger without it getting tangled with other items in the bag. This one section solves that pesky cable management problem!
Space may be tight, but this pocket, between the laptop and third pocket, fits binders or notebooks amazingly well. This pocket keep things separate, even if it is a tight squeeze. Unbuckling the outer buckles helps widen this space nicely. There is also a small zipper pocket here for extra bits and pieces.
This is a great section to keep extra pens, a first aid kit, locker lock, sunglasses, or a snack. There are two post-it sized pockets, three pen pockets and a zipper pocket within this third section. There are nine bungee hooks for putting more pens and slim items. This pocket is just as deep as the main compartment and laptop pocket, so other lose items are perfect here.
Located at the top of the pocket is a specially reinforced sunglass pocket. If you already have a protective sunglass case this is the perfect place to put a smartphone charger, spare battery, USB cable, earbuds, keys or other nick-knacks. It is easy to access and spacious.
TWO FRONT POCKETS
There are two hand-sized pockets in the very front of the bag. These are great to hold more snacks like health bars or a pack of gum.
SECRET SIDE POCKET
On the right side of the bag is a secret pocket. It is just the right size to keep your phone (if it is not “plus” sized). It fits the iPhone 5S perfectly but is too small for an iPhone 6s plus.
RAIN COVER (Bottom)
There is a rain cover on the very bottom of the backpack, tucked away in its own zippered pocket. The bag itself is made of tough, water resistant material. The rain cover is there for extra protection in exceptionally rainy situations. Without using the rain cover it kept everything dry during a quick five-minute test.
There is a mesh water bottle holder on the left side of the bag. It’s extremely handy for school, work or travel.
There are a lot of buckles. On the straps are chest and waist buckles. The waist buckles can be tucked away into the bag when not in use, a feature that’s great because the option is always there at the same time they can be stowed away when not in use. There are two sets of buckles on the outer backpack as well to compress if you have a lighter load.
There is a luggage strap across the back of the bag if you want to prop it on top of a rollaway bag. This will come in handy more than you realize.
The padding on the back is comfortable, though lacking in the straps. That said, this pack is easy to walk around campus, work or travel without becoming uncomfortable even with a laptop and books in it. Using this backpack on a daily mile walk has been very comfortable.
It’s a stretch to come up with any cons. If anything it might be that you’ll want to carry everything in this backpack and will run out of room quickly. But be judicious with the things you really need and this backpack will quickly become one of your all-time favorites.
Full Disclosure: I was provided with the Lowepro RidgeLine Pro BP 300 AW for review. I was not compensated in any form for this. All opinions are 100% my own.