|Published on 2012-12-21 by John Collins.|
I started to look at replacing my aging backpack earlier this year, and spent some time researching my options. My primary concern was security: I wanted a backpack that was difficult to open from behind while I was commuting, to keep my possessions safe from pick-pockets.
I also wanted a backpack that would easily carry all of the items I carry on a daily commute, such as:
Given that I was going to be living with this bag everyday, I was happy to spend some money for a quality product.
After a lot of research into various options, I settled on the Urbanpack U01 from Seiz due to the design that places all of the zips for accessing the main compartments at the rear of the bag. The advantage of this is that it is next to impossible for anyone to open the bag while you are wearing it.
There are two compartments accessible from the front of the bag (a magazine pocket and a small gadget pocket), but the main compartment and the all-important laptop compartment open from the rear via zippers that open from the top-rear and continue right down along the sides.
The other thing that appealed to me about the Urbanpack U01 was the amount of customization options available: you can choose to have a chest strap or not, have your name embroidered on the bag, or even have a solar panel fitted with a battery pack to charge your mobile phone on the go (although given the cost involved and the lack of sunlight where I live, I skipped the solar panel option).
I bought this bag about eight months ago and have been using it on my commute ever since, so I thought it was a fair amount of time to pass before writing a review. Overall I love this bag, it is a quality piece of kit, but it is not without some minor issues.
Firstly, the good points:
And now for some bad points:
Overall though I love this bag, and would happily recommend it to anyone who is looking for a secure, robust, and stylish backpack for their daily commute. You can learn more about this bag at the Seiz website here: "Urbanpack U01" - http://www.seizpacks.com/en/discover/u01
All images are from the "Seiz" - http://www.seizpacks.com/en/discover/u01 website.
Updated 2023 : note that the above post was originally published in 2012, but is left here for archival purposes. I have fixed some broken links above. Sadly, it seems Seiz is no longer selling bags so I have deactivated the links above.