Arcteryx Switchblade Backpack: The backpack for the Urban Professional
The Arcteryx switchblade backpack is what “Arc’teryx” themselves call an “Urban commuter” backpack. It is, in my opinion, the best laptop / business backpack that I have ever come across.
Firstly, this backpack comes loaded with many pockets for storing items of many different sizes. It even comes with a key clip for well, your keys.
The Outer shell is made of a durable 420D nylon fabric and a water-resistant PU coating to ensure that everything inside is protected from inclement weather. All the walls of the backpack are padded. One of the most brilliant design features of this backpack is the suspended laptop sleeve. That’s right, suspended. The sleeve is designed to house up to a standard size 15″ laptop. The suspended sleeve protects the computer from all the bumps in the road that you would encounter during your daily commute.
All the different pouches are very well laid out which give you easy access to your phone, your wallet, passport, or any other document you see fit to store in the ample space provided. Extra zippered compartments are provided for storing your cables, laptop power supply, etc. This backpack could easily be your complete office in a bag.
The shoulder strap itself is very well padded and comes with adjustable webbing for the perfect fit. The shoulder strap can easily be removed and connected in various ways to conform to your style of wearing the backpack. Along with the should strap there are also two side mounted handle straps and a top mounted strap for easy handling.
The backpack itself, weighs in at 32 OZ, and can carry up to 11L. It is available in two colors: black, deep dusk.
Arc’teryx themselves have been in business since 1996, and operate their own manufacturing facility located in Canada. They have developed a complete line of athletic wear and accessories which include: Jackets, pants, shirts, gloves, sweaters, climbing gear, and of course, backpacks. They are committed to the highest quality of product. The fact that they run their own manufacturing facility gives them the ability to closely monitor quality control. You can be assured that you are getting a top of the line product from Arc’teryx.
All in all, this is a fantastic backpack. As I said at the beginning of this review. I have not come across a better backpack for day-to-day use then the Arcteryx Switchblade backpack. Check it out yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Terry Bennett is a freelance writer who specializes in sports and outdoor activities. You can check out his latest website at Arcteryx Backpack, where he provides unbiased reviews and buying advice for a range of backpacks.